President Joe Biden said it “remains to be seen” whether he will run for reelection in 2024 — the latest indication that the 79-year-old president will step aside after his first term in office.
Biden was asked during a “60 Minutes” interview that aired Sunday whether he has made a “firm decision” about seeking another four years in the White House.
“Look, my intention, as I said to begin with, is that I would run again. But it’s just an intention. But is it a firm decision that I run again? That remains to be seen,” Biden said.
CBS correspondent Scott Pelley pressed the president about whether Biden’s commitment to serving a second term would rely on “certain conditions.”
“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,” he said. “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 president’s remarks were a departure from his previous position that he will run again, despite the fact that he would be expected to serve until the age of 86.
Biden reportedly told former President Barack Obama earlier this year that he sincerely plans to run again, in an apparent effort to beat back speculation that he will retire.
However, some members of the Democratic party have said that the president should let a younger generation take charge in the White House.
“People, I think, want some change,” Ohio Democratic Senate candidate Tim Ryan said earlier this month. “I think it’s time for some generational change, which of course I’ve been trying to do for a while now.”
Republicans have questioned Biden’s mental focus as he turns 80 in November, making him the oldest president in the country’s history.
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