Jill Biden all but confirmed that her 80-year-old husband is running for a second term in the White House, saying he isn’t “finished” changing America.
The first lady told the AP that her husband had “pretty much” made up his mind and is just fleshing out the details of his campaign kickoff.
“He says he’s not done. He’s not finished what he’s started. And that’s what’s important,” she said.
Jill confirms Biden bid
While Biden has said he intends to run again, he hasn’t made it official. Jill Biden told the AP that her husband’s previous statements had already made his plans clear.
“How many times does he have to say it for you to believe it?” she said.
The comments are noteworthy as President Biden has often deferred to his wife when asked about his plans for the future. Biden echoed his wife’s comments in an interview with ABC, saying he is just about ready for a “full-blown campaign.”
“I meant what I said. I’ve got other things to finish before I get into a full-blown campaign,” he said.
Joe’s decision, Jill says
Biden, 80, is the oldest president in American history, and he would be 86 at the end of a second term.
His frequent episodes of confusion and incoherence have led to concern about his cognitive fitness and considerable speculation that he is being manipulated by others, including his wife, who has often been seen guiding him in public.
Leaning into his well-known shtick of self-deprecation, Biden told ABC he would call his wife and “find out” what he’s doing in 2024. But Jill Biden said her husband “makes up his own mind, believe me.”
“Of course he’ll listen to me, because we’re a married couple,” she said.
Dems embrace Biden
Despite poor approval ratings, concerns with his age and a distinct lack of enthusiasm for his candidacy, speculation that Biden could step aside or be replaced has noticeably died down, as Democrats have appeared to rally behind their octogenarian leader.
Biden blunted skepticism of his viability after skirting a “red wave” in last year’s midterms, and Democrats have continued to line up behind him, reshuffling the primary calendar to his advantage by placing South Carolina — the state that paved Biden’s path to the nomination in 2020 — at the top.
Jill Biden told CNN that she’s “all for” her husband seeking another term, but it’s ultimately his decision to make.
“If he’s in, we’re there. If he wants to do something else, we’re there too,” she said.