Biden will run for re-election in 2024, says Psaki

President Joe Biden will run for reelection in 2024, White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed to reporters during a briefing aboard Air Force One en route to Fort Bragg Monday afternoon.

When asked by a reporter whether Biden is considering running for reelection, Psaki replied: “yes, that’s his intention”.

She didn’t elaborate.

The confirmation follows concerns from some Democratic leaders about Biden’s political status.

On November 15, the Democratic president had just signed the most important infrastructure package in generations. And he’d done it by bringing Democrats and Republicans together, just as he promised during last year’s campaign. But when Biden arrived in New Hampshire last week to promote the $1 trillion package at the base of a crumbling bridge, not all of his VIP guests were in the mood to celebrate.

“Democrats are concerned,” Steve Shurtleff, former Speaker of the state House, a longtime Biden supporter who attended the ceremony, told the Associated Press when asked about Biden’s political status. “I’m concerned about where we’ll be in a few years’ time when people really start preparing and taking trips to New Hampshire.”

Shurtleff openly said what a growing number of Democrats have been whispering for months: Less than a year into his presidency, Biden’s political standing is so tenuous that he may not win reelection in 2024 if he were to run again. Such terrifying parlor games are common among Washington’s political class, but it has spread to the states and constituencies that will play a pivotal role in the next presidential election.

Vice President Kamala Harris faces her own political conundrum with polls suggesting she may be less popular than her unpopular boss. Harris, a dynamic leader who made history by becoming the first black woman and first person of South Asian descent to step into her office, has been given few opportunities to shine because of the Biden White House.

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She delivered her first solo speech promoting the new infrastructure bill in Ohio’s capital on Friday, addressing a largely empty union hall largely absent from political dignitaries, about the same time Biden issued the White House’s annual turkey pardon in Washington.

Meanwhile, former President Donald Trump has not confirmed whether he will seek the White House again in 2024, but has dropped several hints. Most recently, he spoke at a New York fire station on Sept. 11, responding to speculation about a possible presidential run.

He said he knows what he wants to do, but campaign finance laws prohibit him from saying too much at this point. “I think you’ll be happy. Let me put it this way, okay,” Trump said. “I think you’ll be very happy.”

This story was reported from Los Angeles. The Associated Press contributed.

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