‘Is it a firm decision that I run again? That remains to be seen’: Biden’s response asked about 2024

‘It’s just an intention. But is it a firm decision that I run again? That remains to be seen’: Biden’s baffling response when asked about 2024 and after Karine Jean-Pierre said he WILL run – so what’s changed Joe?

  • ‘If I were to say to you I’m running again, all of a sudden a whole range of things come into play … in terms of election laws,’ Biden said
  • ‘It’s much too early to make that kind of decision. I am a great respecter of fate so what I’m doing is I’m doing my job … within the time frame that makes sense’
  • Biden scoffed at criticisms that he’s too old for the job
  • The 79-year-old said he hadn’t noticed anything that ‘I don’t do now that I did before, whether it’s physical, or mental, or anything else’

President Biden made a curious admission in an interview Sunday evening where he said it ‘remains to be seen’ whether he will seek the presidency in 2024. 

‘Are you committed to running again or are there certain conditions that have to be right?’ CBS 60 Minutes’ Scott Pelley asked the president in his first sit-down interview with an American journalist in seven months. 

The president pointed out that formally committing to another run for office would trigger election and campaign fundraising laws. 

‘If I were to say to you I’m running again, all of a sudden a whole range of things come into play – requirements I have to change and move and do in terms of election laws,’ Biden said. 

He added that fate may play into whether or not he would seek the presidency again. 

‘It’s much too early to make that kind of decision. I am a great respecter of fate so what I’m doing is I’m doing my job … within the time frame that makes sense.’ 

‘I take it the decision has not been made in your own head?’ Pelley said.

‘My intention, as I said to begin with, is that I would run again. But it’s just an intention. But is it a firm decision that I run again? That remains to be seen,’ Biden replied. He added that he would make a judgment on what to do ‘going into next year.’

Biden scoffed at criticisms that he’s too old for the job, telling CBS: ‘I respect the fact that people would say, you know, ‘You’re old.’ And – but I think it relates to how much energy you have, and whether or not the job you’re doing is one consistent with what any person of any age would be able to do.’

The 79-year-old said he hadn’t noticed anything that ‘I don’t do now that I did before, whether it’s physical, or mental, or anything else.’ 

The president’s answer was far less committal than what he and his aides have been saying for months ahead of the midterm elections.

‘The President has repeatedly said that he plans to run in 2024, and I’m gonna have to leave it there,’ press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told CNN’s Don Lemon in June. 

‘The President intends to run and if he does, I will be his ticket mate. We will run together,’ Vice President Kamala Harris also said in June.  

During his first news conference in March 2021, Biden said: ‘The answer is ‘yes.’ My plan is to run for reelection. That’s my expectation.’ 

Last week First Lady Jill Biden claimed to have not yet discussed a second run with her husband. 

‘Not yet. We’ve been a little bit too busy. So, not yet,’ she told NBC’s Today. ‘But, I’m sure it will be a discussion.’ 

But while many Democrats question behind the scenes whether Biden should head their ticket in 2024, the president’s top aides have been quietly hatching their 2024 plan, according to NBC. They’ve used the homestretch of the midterms to test possible 2024 themes, such as branding his achievements ‘promises made, promises kept.’ 

Meanwhile, other Democrats are already lining up at the ready to throw their hat into the ring if Biden does not seek the presidency again. 

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is ‘undeniably, unequivocally’ going to run for president if Biden does not, two people with knowledge told The Wrap. 

‘After this midterm election is over, he absolutely is going to announce that he is running for the presidency once Biden announces that he is not running,’ a top California fundraiser with close ties to the Newsom family told TheWrap. ‘No ifs, ands or buts. He will run if Biden does not.’ 

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