Psaki Confirms Biden’s Plans for 2024
White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed that President Joe Biden plans to run for reelection in 2024, amid ongoing reports speculating if he would hit the campaign trail again.
“He is. That’s his intention,” Psaki told reporters during a press conference, confirming reports that Biden’s been informing his staff he intends to make a 2024 bid.
Last week, Politico reported positioning within other Democrats potentially interested in running for president if Biden didn’t pursue a second term. Then, over the weekend, The Washington Post reported that Biden and his closest advisers had recently reassured allies that he plans to run again.
Speculation over Biden’s potentially not seeking reelection also stems from his age and waning popularity in recent weeks. If re-elected, Biden would be 82 at the start of his second term. He became the oldest individual to be inaugurated during his swearing-in ceremony in January.
Biden’s poll numbers have been steadily declining throughout his time as president — particularly taking hits amid the Afghanistan withdrawal and ongoing migrant crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border — and more recently amid inflation, supply chain issues, and party infighting.
Recent surveys have found that only 40% of voters approve of Biden, and only 28% approve of Vice President Kamala Harris.
According to The Guardian, Biden had his first physical examination on Friday since taking office. Doctors found he has a stiffened gait and frequent coughing fits caused by acid reflux but said he was fit to serve.