President Joe Biden has said he plans on running for a second term in 2024.
“Yes,” Biden said when asked by ABC News late last year whether he would run again for the White House. “But look, I’m a great respecter of fate – fate has intervened in my life many, many times. If I’m in the health I’m in now – I’m in good health – then, in fact, I would run again.”
Which does leave the door slightly ajar for him to not run again. And The Atlantic’s Mark Leibovich argued that is the course he should take in a piece this week.
“Let me put this bluntly: Joe Biden should not run for reelection in 2024,” wrote Leibovich. “He is too old.” Leibovich added:
“Biden will turn 80 on November 20. He will be 82 if and when he begins a second term. The numbers just keep getting more ridiculous from there. ‘It’s not the 82 that’s the problem. It’s the 86,’ one swing voter said in a recent focus group, referring to the hypothetical age Biden would be at the end of that (very) hypothetical second term.”
That article comes hard on the heels of a report in The New York Times documenting the growing whispers among Democrats that their best chance in 2024 might not be with Biden leading the ticket.
“As the challenges facing the nation mount and fatigued base voters show low enthusiasm, Democrats in union meetings, the back rooms of Capitol Hill and party gatherings from coast to coast are quietly worrying about Mr. Biden’s leadership, his age and his capability to take the fight to former President Donald J. Trump a second time.”
In response to the questions surrounding a Biden 2024 bid, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said on CNN this week: “What I can say is the President has repeatedly said that he plans to run in 2024, and I’m gonna have to leave it there. All I can say is that the President intends to do what the President plans to do.”
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