Ron Klain says he believes Biden WILL run in 2024

Ron Klain says he believes Biden WILL run in 2024 – but admits anything could happen before then and they don’t want to announce now to trigger federal election law

  • White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said Thursday that President Joe Biden is running for re-election – he just can’t phrase it that way yet 
  • Klain was asked about Biden’s political future after the president gave himself some wiggle room during Sunday’s interview on 60 Minutes 
  • ‘That’s kind of the formulation he has to give to not like trigger federal election law and require us to file a bunch of forms,’ Klain said at the Atlantic Festival 
  • Klain also predicted that the Democrats would keep control of the House and Senate after the November midterms 
  • He primarily pointed to the parties’ divergent viewpoints on abortion rights and GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham’s bill to ban abortion nationally at 15 weeks
  • ‘Sen. Lindsey Graham came out with legislation to not just ban abortion, by the way, but to impose up to a five-year criminal penalty on doctors,’ Klain warned

White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said Thursday that President Joe Biden is running for re-election – he just can’t phrase it that way yet.  

‘Well, you know, as he said, he intends to run and that’s kind of the formulation he has to give to not like trigger federal election law and require us to file a bunch of forms,’ Klain said at the Atlantic Festival in Washington. ‘That is definitely his intention. Obviously, something could happen.’

Klain was asked about Biden’s political future after the president gave himself some wiggle room during Sunday’s interview on 60 Minutes. 

In his sit-down with Scott Pelley, Biden also pointed to Federal Election Commission regulations, but added, ‘it’s much too early to make that kind of decision.’ 

‘As he said he’s a believer in fate,’ Klain continued. ‘You know, he’s seen all kinds of things in his life, he’s not gonna say where he will be in December today.’ 

‘He respects the fact that a lot of things can happen, but it is his intention to run,’ the White House chief of staff added. ‘And I believe he will.’ 

White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said Thursday that President Joe Biden is running for re-election - he just can't phrase it that way yet

White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said Thursday that President Joe Biden is running for re-election – he just can’t phrase it that way yet

White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain (right) spoke with the Atlantic's Franklin Foer (left) at the Atlantic Festival on Thursday

White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain (right) spoke with the Atlantic’s Franklin Foer (left) at the Atlantic Festival on Thursday 

During his interview with 60 Minutes, President Joe Biden - photographed at the U.N. General Assembly Thursday - said it was 'too early' to make a decision about 2024

During his interview with 60 Minutes, President Joe Biden – photographed at the U.N. General Assembly Thursday – said it was ‘too early’ to make a decision about 2024 

Klain also said he believed Democrats would hold onto their Congressional majorities come November. 

‘I do believe Democrats will hold the House, I do believe Democrats will hold the Senate,’ Klain said. 

The Atlantic’s Franklin Foer had asked Klain how a Republican majority in either the House – which is more likely – or the Senate could make the chief of staff’s life ‘more hellish.’

‘The choice just couldn’t be clearer,’ Klain said, warning of the GOP’s ‘extreme agenda.’

He primarily pointed to the parties’ divergent viewpoints on abortion rights. 

‘Sen. Lindsey Graham came out with legislation to not just ban abortion, by the way, but to impose up to a five-year criminal penalty on doctors who provide reproductive services to women,’ Klain said. 

‘I just want you to think about what kind of country this would be if doctors walked around knowing that they could go to jail for five years for providing needed services to their female patients,’ he told the audience. 

‘Who will go into that profession? Who will provide those kinds of services? Who’s willing to risk a prison term? There surely will be some brave doctors. I don’t doubt that. But we will see an exodus from the medical profession,’ Klain continued. 

Doctors have also warned that because the ban goes into place at 15-weeks, women would be forced to have transvaginal ultrasounds to determine fetal age.

‘And what Sen. Graham has said is that if the Republicans win the midterm elections, he will put that bill on the floor and they will fight for that and we will see doctors at risk of those kinds of prison sentences,’ Klain said. 

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