Biden suggests no longer running, opening door for 2024 Democratic rivals

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President Joe Biden remains silent on whether he will run again in 2024. He said another White House bid “remains to be seen”, but said the door was still open to him despite his age, a uncertain economy, conflicts abroad and citizens still battling COVID-19, which he said was now behind Americans.

Biden made his comments during a 60 minutes interview aired Sunday evening. Interviewer Scott Pelley reminded the president he had vowed to run again, but asked Biden if he was still committed to doing so.

“My intention, as I said at the beginning, is to run again. But that’s just an intention. But is it a firm decision that I run again? That remains to be seen,” Biden said.

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during a bilateral meeting with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in the Oval Office of the White House September 16, 2022 in Washington, DC. Biden would not commit to whether he would run for re-election in 2024.
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Biden made the statement ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, and with former President Donald Trump holding rallies across the country for candidates he personally supports. Biden’s restraint on announcing a re-election bid could be another rallying cry for Republicans attacking the current president.

If Biden announced he would not run in 2024, it would open the door to an assortment of candidates from California to the East Coast. The top contender on the Democratic side would be California Governor Gavin Newsom, who has spoken out against top Republicans like Trump, Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

Vice President Kamala Harris, who failed to run for president in 2020, is another big name alongside Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

Biden also discussed Taiwan, COVID-19, and his son, Hunter, during the interview.

This is a developing story.

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