There’s no way to hide the fact that President Joe Biden is old and frail. However, Vice President Kamala Harris may have just said the quiet part out loud.
Harris said she would be Biden’s running mate in 2024 but used the qualifier “if he does run,” the Washington Examiner reported. Biden has said he will seek re-election but has yet to formally announce his candidacy.
During a press pool discussion aboard Air Force Two Monday, Harris was forced to state her intentions for 2024 on the record. A previous statement seemed to back off more solid assurances that she and Biden would be seeking a second term together.
“The president intends to run, and if he does, I will be his ticket mate,” she told reporters. “We will run together,” she added.
Previously, Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) said he would endorse Harris should she run for president leading to the need for clarification. “Joe Biden is running for re-election, and I will be his ticket mate,” the vice president told CNN. “Full stop. That’s it,” she added.
The 79-year-old’s health and age have been an issue since before the 2020 presidential election. However, now those worries are coming from members of his own party concerned about the prospects of retaining the White House.
“The presidency is a monstrously taxing job and the stark reality is the president would be closer to 90 than 80 at the end of a second term, and that would be a major issue,” David Axelrod, chief strategist to former President Barack Obama, told the New York Times earlier this month. Biden will be just shy of his eighty-second birthday on Election Day 2024.
There are many reasons that Democrats want Biden to step aside, and likely age is one of the least of their concerns. This president has wrecked the economy, bungled foreign policy, and continues to contribute to a worsening energy crisis — and voters will likely jump at the chance to get him out of office anyway.