Though concerns about his advanced age and cognitive status have persisted throughout his first term, President Joe Biden is reportedly telling those around him that he does indeed plan to launch a campaign for another four years in the White House, according to The Hill.
Biden administration official Cedric Richmond recently made clear that there should be no further doubts about what is in store for the 2024 cycle.
“He’s running and we’re building an infrastructure for him to run and win. Right now, it’s all an early investment in 2024 while we’re helping 2022,” Richmond said, referencing the midterm battles looming in November.
Despite those firm assurances of another Biden run, party insiders are said to be debating the pros and cons of such a scenario, both in light of potential electoral outcomes this fall as well as the possible identity of the GOP’s presidential pick.
“I think a lot of the mystery is we’re all beholden to the never-ending political news cycle, and Trump announced for reelection like three minutes after taking office, but it’s not unusual for a president to be waiting until after the midterms to announce,” according to strategist Eddie Vale.
Biden himself has stated that he would “not be disappointed” to go head-to-head once more with former President Donald Trump, and Vice President Kamala Harris also said earlier this month, according to the New York Post, that she is ready for such a challenge as well.
“The president has been very clear that he plans to run again. And if he does, I will be running with him proudly,” Harris proclaimed in an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press.
Not everyone in the upper reaches of Democrat Party politics is quite as enthusiastic, however, with former Barack Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod opining earlier this year that the president’s age and other factors put his viability in doubt as a candidate in 2024.
“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,” Axelrod said. That is perhaps his polite way of saying that the cognitive decline that Biden may have been able to mask during his basement campaign of 2020 would inevitably come to the forefront this time around, leaving countless voters unable to pull the lever for the aging Democrat.