Even before the 2022 midterms have come and gone, there are Democrats who are openly wondering whether or not Joe Biden should be running for reelection in 2024.
The highly-unpopular President has been floundering in the polls, as his agenda fails to resonate with enough members of Congress to actually get anything accomplished.
Now, despite his continued proclamations about taking up the campaign again in 2024, the Democratic Party is beginning to back away from Sleepy Joe, including some of the more vocal members of Congress.
Even his Vice President is being extra careful with how she describes the possibility.
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.Trending:
“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.
This is where it gets a little weird.
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.”
The deliberate clarification on Wednesday is certain to raise questions about Biden’s intentions, which have been the subject of speculation since the 2020 election. Biden, 79, is the oldest president in American history.
And, to make matters all the more dramatic, Harris was also making sure not to utilize any “trigger” words that would force the incumbent President to declare his candidacy – another sign that the party isn’t ready to fully get behind Joe Biden.