White House press secretary says Biden will run for another term

 February 13, 2023

President Joe Biden turned 80 last November, making him the oldest person ever to serve in the White House. However, the fact that he has already exceeded the average male lifespan doesn't seem to be affecting his plans for next year.

This past weekend, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre insisted that Biden intends to run again in 2024. 

"The president has said many times is that he intends to run"

According to the Washington Examiner, Jean-Pierre made the president's intentions clear during an appearance on MSNBC's The Sunday Show.

"What I can say is repeat what the president has said many times is that he intends to run. And I leave it there," the Examiner quoted Jean-Pierre as telling host Jonathan Capehart.

The Examiner noted that although Biden has yet to issue a formal declaration of his candidacy, he has frequently expressed interest in seeking another term.

One example of that came last Wednesday when he sat down for an interview with PBS NewsHour correspondent Judy Woodruff.

Biden says he will "be completely, thoroughly honest" about his health

While Woodruff pointed out that the president will already be just weeks away from turning 82 by the time voters go to the polls, Biden casually dismissed such concerns, saying, "Watch me. That’s all I can say."

Still, the president did pledge that he "would be completely, thoroughly honest with the American people if I thought there was any health problem — anything — that would keep me from being able to do the job."

While Biden may be confident about his chances in 2024, recent polling data suggests that many Americans are having doubts.

A Washington Post and ABC News poll carried out between January 27 and February 1 found that 62% of likely voters believe the president has little to show for his time in office.

Only a third of Democrats want Biden to run again

In contrast, just 36% of respondents said Biden has managed to achieve "a great deal" or "a good amount" since being elected.

Whereas 96% of Republicans believe Biden has accomplished "not very much" or "little or nothing," that view is also held by 66% of independent voters as well as 22% of Democrats.

Meanwhile, another survey from the Associated Press and NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that only 37% of Democrats want the president to run for another term next year, down from 52% who said the same thing in November. 

"I, honestly, think that he would be too old," one respondent from North Carolina was quoted as saying. "We could use someone younger in the office."

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