Despite falling polls and Democratic defections, the 79-year-old will apparently run for re-election
President Joe Biden intends to run for office in 2024, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Friday. Biden is currently facing declining support from Democratic voters, while some party lawmakers are withholding their endorsement.
“The president intends to run in 2024 [and] we are far from 2024”, Jean-Pierre told reporters. “We will continue to focus on the business of the American people, delivering to families, lowering costs for families, as we have done.”
However, food and energy costs have soared under Biden, and GDP data released Thursday indicate the US economy has entered a recession. Despite Biden’s insistence that the United States is “on the right track” a poll by Civiqs earlier this month put Biden’s performance at 29%, while an average of five other top polls shows the president’s approval rating at 39%. In multiple polls, Biden almost always gets the lowest scores for his handling of the US economy.
With the economic outlook bleak, a CNN poll released earlier this week found that 75% of Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters want a new face to represent the party in 2024.
Democratic lawmakers apparently took notice. Massachusetts Rep. Dean Phillips said in a radio interview Thursday that he wants Biden to step down in 2024 to allow the country to be “well served by a new generation of compelling, well-prepared and dynamic Democrats.”
West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, a critical vote who has stymied some of Biden’s fundamental laws in the Senate, said Thursday that if Biden was “a good person with a good heart,” he would “wait and watch” before supporting it in 2024.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez also declined to support Biden’s re-election, telling CNN last month that “If the president has a vision, then that’s something we’re certainly all ready to nurture and consider when the time comes.”
Along with his declining poll numbers, Biden also faces the realities of age. Republicans have long hammered the president for his apparent cognitive decline, mocking his apparent inability to speak even with a teleprompter and its visible disorientation in public. By 2024, Biden will be 81, and according to a Harvard poll in May, 53% of Americans have “doubts about [Biden’s mental] aptitude for the office, while 62% think it is “Showing he’s too old to be president.”