Speaking at a White House press briefing on Thursday, White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stated that President Biden does indeed plan to run for reelection in 2024 and that he also plans to keep Vice President Kamala Harris on the ticket, despite the fact that speculation has abounded that if Biden does not run, Harris would not be an automatic choice by her party to succeed him.
A reporter asked Jean-Pierre, “I’m hoping you can clear something up here when it comes to the question of 2024. The Vice President did an interview with The Wall Street Journal. She was asked if she assumed that Biden would run again, and she didn’t say yes. She just said that the two of them hadn’t talked about it. Of course, you all and the President himself have said that he does plan to seek reelection. So what’s the disconnect here?”
“I can’t speak to a conversation that the Vice President and the President has,” Jean-Pierre answered. “I could only say what and reiterate what Jen (Psaki) has said and what the President has said himself. He is planning to run for reelection in 2024. I don’t have any more to add to that.”
The reporter pressed, “But just to be clear, when the President says he plans to run again, he means with Harris on the ticket?”
“Yes, he does. There’s no change,” Jean-Pierre replied. “Yes. Yes.”
Harris told the Journal, “I’m not going to talk about our conversations, but I will tell you this without any ambiguity: We do not talk about nor have we talked about re-election, because we haven’t completed our first year and we’re in the middle of a pandemic.” When she was queried as to whether Biden would run again, she said, “I’ll be very honest: I don’t think about it, nor have we talked about it.”
The Journal noted, “Both Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris are ending their first year with weak poll numbers. An Economist/YouGov survey this week found that 39% of respondents saw Ms. Harris favorably, while 51% had an unfavorable view of her and 10% were unsure. A recent Journal poll found 41% of voters approved of Mr. Biden’s job performance.”
Although Biden will be almost 82 by the time of Election Day 2024, he may insist on running to preclude the possibility that Hillary Clinton may throw her hat into the ring. “2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is an interesting prospect to consider when looking for a viable candidate, particularly if an 80-something President Biden decides not to seek a second term,” The Hill columnist Joe Concha wrote, adding, “And why would he? Just 22 percent of voters want him to seek a second term, according to a I&I-TIPP poll. It doesn’t get much better when polling only Democrats, where just 36 percent want to see the president run again, with that juggernaut candidate named ‘someone else’ coming in first with 44 percent support.”