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Biden injects some uncertainty into 2024 with his ‘too soon’ re-election comment

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A President Biden re-election campaign in 2024 has never been a sure thing.

But this weekend, the president seemed to add an extra dollop of uncertainty to the 2024 conversation by noting that “it’s too early” to make a decision about launching a re-election bid.

“Look, my intention, as I said, that you started with is that I would introduce myself again. But it’s just an intention. But is it a firm decision that I apply again? That remains to be seen,” Biden said in an interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes,” which aired Sunday night.

Biden, 79, has said numerous times that if he stays healthy, he intends to run for re-election.


President Joe Biden speaks at a United Steelworkers of America Local 2227 event in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, on Monday, September 5, 2022, to honor workers on Labor Day.
(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

“The answer is yes.’ My plan is to run for re-election. That is my expectation,” Biden emphasized in March 2021, during his first press conference of his presidency.

And late last year, he told ABC News that “if I’m in the health that I’m in now, if I’m in good health, in fact, I would run again.”

But in his “60 Minutes” interview, the president noted that “it’s too early to make that kind of decision. I have a lot of respect for fate. And so what I’m doing is doing my job.” I’m going to do that job. And within the time frame that makes sense after this next election cycle here, going into next year, I’ll make a decision on what to do.”

The president’s comments follow a few days after an NBC interview with first lady Jill Biden, during which the president’s wife said she and her husband had “not yet” discussed a 2024 re-election.


Those talks are expected to happen after the November midterm elections, over the Christmas and Thanksgiving holidays, with a possible 2024 decision likely to come early in the new year.

A source in Biden’s political orbit was quick to downplay the president’s latest comments from 2024.

“I don’t really read,” the source told Fox News. “His position in 2024 has not changed.”

Then-former Vice President Joe Biden campaigns outside the New Hampshire State House on November 8, 2019 in Concord, NH

Then-former Vice President Joe Biden campaigns outside the New Hampshire State House on November 8, 2019 in Concord, NH

And Terry Schumaker, a New Hampshire-based attorney and former US ambassador who has been a top Biden backer since the president’s first run for the White House in 1988, said, “I saw the president’s comments about the 2024 run on ’60 Minutes,’ and I thought they were very consistent with what I had said before.”

“He intends to run. I hope he runs. I’ll support him if he runs. But he’s also in his 70s, like me. And when we get to this age, we understand that things can change quite a bit health-wise.” quickly,” Schumaker told Fox News.

After watching their poll numbers plummet late last year and early this year due to record inflation and skyrocketing gas prices, rising crime, rising border raids and the chaotic withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan, Biden enjoyed a political renaissance this summer, thanks in part to falling gas prices and a slew of legislative victories in Congress. Biden’s surging (but still submerged) approval ratings appear to have helped boost the Democratic Party’s chances in November’s midterm elections, when the party hopes to maintain its slim majorities in the House and Senate.


And the president’s top political advisers, behind the scenes, have begun putting together the framework for a 2024 re-election bid, in an effort to rely heavily on existing resources from the Democratic National Committee, as first reported by NBC. News last year. week.

But some Democrats aren’t so sure Biden is seeking a second term in the White House. And there has been a lot of talk and speculation for more than a year and a half about whether the president will run for re-election in 2024. Biden made history in 2020 when she became the oldest person to be elected president. If she campaigns for re-election in 2024 and wins by her, Biden would be 82 years old at her second inauguration and 86 by her at the end of her second term.

A handful of high-profile Democrats political pundits see as potential presidential contenders should Biden decide not to run for re-election traveled last year to New Hampshire, the state that for a century held the first primary in the race for the White House. .

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg speaks at a news conference in Manchester, New Hampshire, on December 13.  2021

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg speaks at a news conference in Manchester, New Hampshire, on December 13. 2021

The latest is Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate who came second in the New Hampshire primary. Buttigieg returns to the Granite State incumbent on Saturday at a major fundraising gala for the state Democratic Party.


The veteran New Hampshire-based Democratic consultant noted, “There are people who are thinking of running if he[Biden]decides not to run, so it’s good policy … that you lend a hand, make friends, keep your relationships alive, and if President Y does decide to run, you’re still in a good place four years into the future.”[Biden}decidenottorunsoit’sgoodpolitics…thatyoulendahandmakefriendskeepyourrelationshipsaliveandifthepresidentdecidesnottorunyou’reinagoodspotAndifhedecidestorunyou’restillinagoodspotforfouryearsdowntheroad”[Biden}decidenottorunsoit’sgoodpolitics…thatyoulendahandmakefriendskeepyourrelationshipsaliveandifthepresidentdecidesnottorunyou’reinagoodspotAndifhedecidestorunyou’restillinagoodspotforfouryearsdowntheroad”


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