One of the most pressing issues that the Democrats are going to have to deal with in the coming months will be whether or not Joe Biden should even be considering running for office again in 2024.
Biden has been an incredibly unpopular President during his first year and a half, as he not only attempts to distance his presidency from the MAGA movement’s suggestions about the 2020 election’s credibility, but also fights to keep his already-abysmal polling numbers from sinking even further into the political abyss.
The President has routinely insisted that he’s raring to run again, but some high level Democrats have begun to suggest an alternative might be in order as well.
And now, somewhat shockingly, it seems as though even the Vice President is beginning to soften on the idea.
Vice President Kamala Harris created new uncertainty Wednesday about President Biden’s intentions to run for reelection in 2024, pulling back from a definitive statement she had made earlier in the week.
“The president intends to run and if he does, I will be his ticket mate. We will run together,” Harris told a Times reporter Wednesday as she prepared to depart for California aboard Air Force Two.
So what was the issue?
Advisors had told the reporter that Harris wanted to come to the back of the plane to clarify what she told CNN on Monday. In an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash, Harris was asked about speculation that Biden would not run and about her own potential candidacy.
“Joe Biden is running for reelection, and I will be his ticket mate,” Harris told CNN. “Full stop.”
Some have suggested that the clarification was meant to prevent Biden from being forced to legally file paperwork regarding a reelection bid, but with such a great deal of doubt being cast on Biden’s viability, there could be much more to this statement than generic legal necessity.