For months now, the Democrats have been fretting.
Their reluctant-to-run, reticent-to-lead, stop-gap President had appeared hellbent on running for reelection in 2024, despite there being an overwhelming undercurrent of understanding that suggested the party was ready to move on.
But now, just a year-and-a-half into his first term, Joe Biden is softening his stance on ’24, signaling that he may not be nearly gung-ho about the idea as he once was.
President Biden told 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley last Thursday that while he intends to run for reelection in 2024, the decision is still up in the air.
“Sir, are you committed to running again, or are there certain conditions that have to be right?” Pelley asked.Trending:
“Look, if I were to say to you, I’m running again, all of a sudden, a whole range of things come into play that I have– requirements I have to change and move and do,” Mr. Biden said. “In terms of election laws. and it’s much too early to make that kind of decision. I’m a great respecter of fate. And so, what I’m doing is I’m doing my job. I’m gonna do that job. And within the timeframe that makes sense after this next election cycle here, going into next year, make a judgment on what to do.”
The doubtful drivel didn’t end there.
“You say that it’s much too early to make that decision,” Pelley said. “I take it the decision has not been made in your own head?”
“Look, my intention as I said to begin with is that I would run again,” the president said. “But it’s just an intention. But is it a firm decision that I run again? That remains to be seen.”
Sure, Biden used some lax and bland language here, but the message was anything but: Biden has second thoughts, and he doesn’t want you holding him to what he said just weeks ago.
As it turns out, California Governor Gavin Newsom is already calling dibs on being the first to announce his candidacy should Biden decide not to run.