White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed on Monday that President Biden intends to run for re-election despite weak support in the polls and voters’ unease over his health – setting up a potential rematch with former President Donald Trump.
Biden, who turned 79 this weekend, is already the oldest man to serve as president and would be 82 if he was sworn in for a second term. Trump, 75, would be 78 if he became the first president since Grover Cleveland to win a second non-consecutive term.
“It has been reported that President Biden is telling his allies that he will run for re-election in 2024. Can you confirm if he will run in 2024? Does he tell that to the staff? a reporter asked Psaki on Air Force One as Biden was on his way to a pre-Thanksgiving military event in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
“Yes, that is his intention,” Psaki replied.
After arriving at the base, Biden made brief remarks before donning an apron with the presidential seal and stuffing troop plates at a “friends” celebration.
“I’m so proud to be associated with you,” Biden said. “And it’s even hard for me to say it, but what amazes me is how proud I am to be your Commander-in-Chief. You are the most amazing group of women and men – warriors – that we have ever seen.
As he often does at events involving the military, Biden spoke of his family’s experience when his late son Beau was deployed to Iraq as a member of the Delaware Army National Guard.
“People, I want to thank not only your warriors, I want to thank your families for standing up and waiting,” he said. “And I know how difficult it is to have someone who is not at the table on vacation, who may end up out of the country.”
Biden and First Lady Jill Biden are expected to leave the White House Tuesday night for a family trip to Nantucket to celebrate the holidays.
Over the weekend, the Washington Post reported that Biden and his close associates were signaling that he planned to run for a second term in 2024, even as many political experts expressed doubts about his viability due to the figures of plunging survey and the widespread belief that his health is declining.
“The only thing I’ve heard him say is that he’s planning to run again. And I’m glad he is, ”former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) Said at the point of sale.
Recent polls indicate most voters disapprove of Biden’s performance and harbor doubts about his physical condition amid crises, including the highest inflation in 31 years, the highest rate of illegal immigration in years 1980, the disorderly exit of the United States from Afghanistan and a resurgence of COVID-19 cases.
A Quinnipiac University poll released last week found that 53% of registered voters disapproved of Biden’s performance and only 38% approved of him. An ABC News / Washington Post poll conducted Nov. 7-10 found 57% disapproval and 38% approval of Biden.
A Politico / Morning Consult poll released on November 17 found that 50% of registered voters disagreed with the statement ‘Joe Biden is in good health’, while only 40% agreed and 10% did not know or did not have an opinion.
The poll also found that 48% of voters disagreed with the statement “Joe Biden is in good mental shape”, while 46% agreed and 6% either did not know or did not. of opinion.
Concern over Biden’s health and age is not new.
Last month, a Harvard-Harris poll found that 53% of voters have doubts about the president’s fitness, while 47% do not. Additionally, 58% of those polled said Biden was too old to be president, while 42% felt he was fit enough for the job.
Biden underwent a physical at Walter Reed Medical Center outside Washington on Friday and received a mostly healthy condition, although his doctor, Dr Kevin O’Connor, said the arthritis of the spine had contributed to “the appearance of the president’s approach[ing] be noticeably stiffer and less fluid ”and that his cough when speaking seems to“ increase [in] frequency and severity ”, although it is probably caused only by acid reflux from the stomach.