Jill Biden on 2024: 'he's not done'

February 25, 2023

According to First Lady Jill Biden, President Joe Biden "says he's not done." 

Fox News reports that the first lady made this comment to the Associated Press on Friday. And, what the first lady is referring to, of course, is 2024, specifically, whether President Biden will seek reelection.

"He says he's not done"

The first lady's comment came during her recent multi-day visit to Africa. While in Nairobi, she was asked by the Associated Press about Biden's intentions with regard to 2024.

"He says he’s not done," the first lady said. "He’s not finished what he’s started. And that’s what’s important."

"How many times does he have to say it for you to believe it?" the first lady added.

Background

There has been much uncertainty about Biden's future, specifically about whether he will be the Democrats' candidate in the 2024 presidential election.

Last year, before the midterm elections, several reports emerged indicating that Democratic insiders did not want Biden to seek a second term. These insiders supported their position by referring to Biden's old age and his administration's lack of success.

In addition to these reports, there have also been numerous polls - both pre- and post-midterm polls - indicating that a majority of Democratic voters don't want to see Biden seek reelection.

Biden, nonetheless, has insisted that he will seek reelection, over the objections of many Democrats. And, this is what the first lady is referring to when she says, "How many times does he have to say it for you to believe it?"

When is the announcement coming?

Despite the fact that Biden insists that he will run for reelection, Biden, apparently, has not been particularly eager to announce his reelection.

Biden, in fact, should have made his reelection announcement by now. But, the date for the announcement continues to get pushed back.

The Washington Examiner reports:

Speculation over Joe Biden’s run has mounted as he draws out the decision and after reports that he had planned to make an announcement following the State of the Union address on Feb. 7. He is now expected to wait until April after the fundraising deadline for the quarter.

The polls

While Biden has yet to announce his reelection bid, former President Donald Trump has. It is not outside of the realm of possibility that 2024 could be a repeat of 2020, with Biden and Trump, once again, facing off.

Real Clear Politics currently has the Biden v. Trump 2024 matchup as a virtual tie.

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