Speculation is already swirling around the 2024 presidential election as President Joe Biden’s advancing age and decreasing popularity lead some pundits to predict that he will not seek re-election.
Biden sought to end the debate in a recent interview, stating that he fully intends to run for a second term, provided that he is still in good health at that time, according to Fox News.
“Fate has intervened”
Of course, this is just the latest example of the president’s ongoing narrative that he is on track to run in 2024 even as the next Democratic presidential nomination is already fueling debate and uncertainty.
David Muir of ABC News asked the president directly if he intended to seek another term in the White House.
“Yes,” Biden replied. “But look, I’m a great respecter of fate. Fate has intervened in my life many, many times.”
Because of that unknown factor, the president included a significant caveat, explaining: “If I’m in the health I’m in now — if I’m in good health — then, in fact, I would run again.”
“The prospect of running”
The interviewer went on to address the prospect of a “rematch” between Biden and former President Donald Trump.
“You’re trying to tempt me now,” Biden said with a laugh. “Sure. Why would I not run against Donald Trump for the nominee? That would increase the prospect of running.”
Trump is eligible to run again in 2024 and he has dropped hints of his own that he is gearing up for another White House bid. Biden is already the oldest president in U.S. history and would be in his early 80s during a prospective re-election campaign, leading plenty of skeptics to wonder if he would be capable of keeping up such a demanding pace.
Given the president’s current level of unpopularity, it could be that Democrats conspire to nominate someone else regardless of Biden’s age and health.
With the recent re-emergence of failed 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, some pundits are beginning to wonder if she wants another chance to square off against Trump.
During a recent interview, former Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly said: “Hillary Clinton wants the nomination. She knows the Biden administration is falling apart, which is why you’re seeing her surface right now. So it could be a replay. But voters make up their own mind.”