White House says Biden intends to run again in 2024

U.S. President Biden and first lady Jill Biden travel to Fort Bragg for Thanksgiving event
U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden gesture as they board Air Force One to travel to Fort Bragg from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S., November 22, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis

November 22, 2021

By Nandita Bose

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden intends to run for re-election in 2024, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters on Monday.

Biden, 79, has suffered a dip in his job approval ratings in recent months, leading some Democrats to wonder whether he might not seek another four-year term.

“He is. That’s his intention,” Psaki said as Biden flew aboard Air Force One for a Thanksgiving event with U.S. troops in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Democrats were rattled by Republican victories in Virginia’s state elections earlier this month and a narrow Democratic victory in New Jersey.

Questions have arisen about the viability of Vice President Kamala Harris in 2024 should Biden decide not to run again. A recent USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll found her with a 28% job approval rating.

Biden underwent his first physical examination on Friday since taking office in January and doctors found he has a stiffened gait and attributed frequent bouts of coughing to acid reflux. Doctors said he was fit to serve.

Biden’s political prospects appeared to have been buoyed last week by congressional passage of a $1 trillion infrastructure plan. Still being debated is another $2 trillion in spending on a social safety net package.

(Reporting by Nandita Bose and Steve Holland; Editing by Chris Reese and Howard Goller)