The White House officially confirmed that Joe Biden will run again for reelection in 2024 with Kamala Harris as his running mate.
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Despite this announcement, Biden says poor health could prevent him from running again.
Appearing on ABC News, Biden was asked if he plans to seek reelection. He said, “Yes, but look, I’m a great respecter of fate.”
“Fate has intervened in my life many, many times,” Biden continued. “If I’m in the health I’m in now—if I’m in good health—then, in fact, I would run again.”
There has been widespread speculation about Biden’s health and whether he is mentally and physically fit to run for any public office again.
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Pres. Biden to @DavidMuir on running for re-election and a possible rematch against Donald Trump: "Why would I not run against Donald Trump for the nominee? That’ll increase the prospect of running." https://t.co/TdWzae5hd3 pic.twitter.com/We8y9t0QG5
— ABC News (@ABC) December 22, 2021
Biden is already the oldest person to become president in 2020. He will be approaching the age of 82 at the time of the next presidential election in November of 2024.
Ronny Jackson, who is the former White House physician under both Presidents Obama and Trump, has also warned Americans that “something’s seriously wrong with Biden” regarding his mental health.
Private text messages that surfaced from Hunter Biden revealed multiple jokes to his therapist about his father suffering from dementia.
To make matters worse, Biden’s running mate Kamala Harris is the worst vice president in U.S. history with an approval rating of only 28 percent, according to USA Today. Business Insider confirmed this is the lowest rating for any vice president in history.
A bombshell article from CNN interviewed nearly three dozen current and former staffers for Harris which showed there is significant dysfunction within her team. “Harris is struggling with a rocky relationship with some parts of the White House,” CNN reported about Harris, who once even accused Joe Biden of being racist during the Democratic primary race.
Multiple top aides on Harri’s team have quit, including veteran communications chief Ashley Etienne who previously worked for Obama, Joe Biden, and Nancy Pelosi.
During a press briefing, White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre confirmed Biden does indeed plan to run for reelection in 2024 and that he also plans to keep Vice President Kamala Harris on the ticket.
A reporter asked, “I’m hoping you can clear something up here when it comes to the question of 2024.”
“The Vice President did an interview with The Wall Street Journal. She was asked if she assumed that Biden would run again, and she didn’t say yes.”
“She just said that the two of them hadn’t talked about it. Of course, you all and the President himself have said that he does plan to seek reelection. So what’s the disconnect here?”
“I can’t speak to a conversation that the Vice President and the President has,” Jean-Pierre answered. “I could only say what and reiterate what Jen (Psaki) has said and what the President has said himself. He is planning to run for reelection in 2024. I don’t have any more to add to that.”
The reporter asked, “But just to be clear, when the President says he plans to run again, he means with Harris on the ticket?”
“Yes, he does. There’s no change,” Jean-Pierre replied. “Yes. Yes.”
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Harris told the Journal, “I’m not going to talk about our conversations, but I will tell you this without any ambiguity: We do not talk about nor have we talked about re-election, because we haven’t completed our first year and we’re in the middle of a pandemic.” When she was queried as to whether Biden would run again, she said, “I’ll be very honest: I don’t think about it, nor have we talked about it.”
The Journal noted, “Both Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris are ending their first year with weak poll numbers. An Economist/YouGov survey this week found that 39% of respondents saw Ms. Harris favorably, while 51% had an unfavorable view of her and 10% were unsure. A recent Journal poll found 41% of voters approved of Mr. Biden’s job performance.”
Although Biden will be almost 82 by the time of Election Day 2024, he may insist on running to preclude the possibility that Hillary Clinton may throw her hat into the ring. “2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is an interesting prospect to consider when looking for a viable candidate, particularly if an 80-something President Biden decides not to seek a second term,” The Hill columnist Joe Concha wrote, adding, “And why would he? Just 22 percent of voters want him to seek a second term, according to a I&I-TIPP poll. It doesn’t get much better when polling only Democrats, where just 36 percent want to see the president run again, with that juggernaut candidate named ‘someone else’ coming in first with 44 percent support.”