Many reasoned that alongside 79-year-old President Joe Biden would position Vice President Kamala Harris for a 2024 run for president. Now it appears that the calculation was sorely incorrect.
The White House has affirmed that Biden plans to run for reelection in 2024, CNN reported. Though Harris would be his running mate, it means her own ambitions would be on hold until 2028 — if they’re a reality at all.
White House principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked by reporters Thursday whether Biden plans to seek a second term. “Yes, he does,” Jean-Pierre said.
A follow-up about whether Harris would be along for the ride again also was answered in the affirmative. “There’s no change,” Jean-Pierre replied.
The deputy press secretary stopped short of disclosing whether Biden and Harris have spoken to each other about it. Harris similarly deflected about her own talks with the president on the matter. “I’m not going to talk about our conversations, but I will tell you this without any ambiguity: We do not talk about nor have we talked about reelection, because we haven’t completed our first year and we’re in the middle of a pandemic,” she said in a separate interview Thursday.
If Harris is to remain his running mate, it’s good news for her amid speculations that the relationship between her and the president is souring, according to Fox News. “This is one of those things where the White House is expected you to not believe what you’re seeing,” Fox News commentator Dana Perino said on “The Five” last month.
“You can tell there’s a problem here. We know it,” Perino continued. “They called a cabinet meeting for the first time in three months last Friday on the day when Kamala Harris was not even in the country,” she noted.
The official word is that Harris remains part of Biden’s anticipated reelection bid, which dashes her hopes for a 2024 presidential run. Moreover, it will be an uphill climb to the presidency after eight years of a Democratic administration — especially considering how horribly it’s already going.