President Joe Biden is not giving way and will run for reelection in 2024, White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed late Monday.
“That’s his intention,” Psaki told reporters aboard Air Force One, underlining varied reports the 79-year-old has been telling advisers and staff he will be back.
Biden, 79, was already the oldest presidential candidate to be elected as commander-in-chief when he claimed the November 2020 election. He will be 15 days short of his 82nd birthday come 5 November 2024, the next time voters in the U.S. go to the polls to choose their leader.
News of Biden’s desire to once again seek the approval of voters comes amid a steady downward trend in the president’s ratings amid inflation and supply chain issues played out against a backdrop of intra-party fighting over key aspects of the president’s agenda, as Breitbart News reported.
Voters are already registering their displeasure at the prospect of his return as polling shows.
A majority of voters don’t want President Joe Biden to run for reelection in 2024 and believe he should instead make way for another candidate, according to a Hill-HarrisX poll released Tuesday. https://t.co/NVKGvlA1vF
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) November 16, 2021
When Biden was asked in March if he will run again for the presidency, he responded in the affirmative. “The answer is yes, my plan is to run for reelection,” Biden said. “That’s my expectation.”
If he does run, there is no real certainty Kamala Harris will be at his side let alone challenging him for the lead position on the DNC ballot.
A recent USA Today/Suffolk University poll found her with a 28 percent job approval rating – and falling.
Biden underwent his first physical examination on Friday since taking office in January.
Doctors found he has a stiffened gait and attributed frequent bouts of coughing to acid reflux. The medical examiners said he remains fit to serve, a medical opinion seemingly at odds with public perceptions of his cognitive ability.
A plurality of registered voters think President Joe Biden is not “mentally fit,” while only 40 percent believe he “is in good health,” a Politico/Morning Consult poll revealed Wednesday. https://t.co/mFcA4zNUAG
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) November 17, 2021
“The President remains a healthy, vigorous, 78-year-old male, who is fit to successfully execute the duties of the Presidency, to include those as Chief Executive, Head of State and Commander in Chief,” Kevin O’Connor, the White House physician, wrote.
Just last week, former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), a longtime friend of the president, sparked speculation when he suggested to the New York Times Biden may not seek reelection.
“I’m hoping the president runs for re-election,” Dodd said. “But for whatever reason that might not be the case, it’s hard to believe there would be a shortlist without Kamala’s name on it. She’s the vice president of the United States.”