VP Harris dodges, seems noncommittal when asked about Biden 2024 run

There has been ample speculation that President Joe Biden, whether due to his advanced age, declining cognitive abilities, or dismal approval numbers, will run for a second term in the White House in 2024.

Interestingly enough, his running mate, Vice President Kamala Harris, declined to offer up a solid endorsement for a potential Biden re-election bid in a recent interview, the Daily Caller reported.

Instead, she somewhat tepidly suggested that “if” Biden were to run for office again, she would once again run alongside him.

“If he does …”

VP Harris recently sat for a one-on-one interview with Rhonda Walker, anchor of Detroit’s Local 4 news outlet, and was asked at one point in the conversation if voters should anticipate seeing the Biden-Harris ticket once again in the 2024 election cycle.

Rather than give a resounding “Yes,” as one might expect, Harris demurred and said, “I am focused on the midterms, which are happening in the total of 26 days, and I am looking forward to that.”

She then added, “The President has said he intends to run, and if he does, I will be running with him.”

The Daily Caller noted that President Biden himself has been somewhat cagey about whether or not he will run again for another term in 2024, as even though he has signaled his intent to seek a second term in multiple interviews, he has also always left himself some wiggle room to back out for various circumstantial reasons.

While Biden’s age and health could certainly be reasons for him to not seek re-election, so too could his low approval ratings and diminished popularity, not to mention a number of polls that suggest that even a majority of Democratic voters would prefer to see somebody other than Biden be the party’s nominee.

Presidential prospects for Harris don’t look great

Typically, a sitting vice president like Harris would likely be considered the clear frontrunner for their respective party’s nomination if the president themself is not in the running, but that isn’t exactly the case for Harris, at least not at this point.

Though Harris obviously doesn’t have the same age or health issues as Biden does, her approval rating is actually lower than Biden’s right now, and many voters undoubtedly still recall her utterly disastrous attempt at a 2020 presidential campaign that ended ignominiously before any actual voting had begun in the primary season.

In fact, according to The Washington Post‘s rankings of prospective Democratic candidates for 2024, Harris is actually placed third behind Biden — who is in first solely because he is the incumbent — and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg in second, with two relatively popular Democratic state governors, Michigan’s Gretchen Whitmer and California’s Gavin Newsom, hot on her heels in fourth and fifth place, respectively.

An announcement on whether Biden and Harris will actually run for a second term together will likely come after the midterm elections have concluded, but that decision is also likely hinged on how Democrats perform in those elections and whether they beat expectations, in which case they’ll probably have majority support among the party base, or suffer massive and historic defeats, in which case both could easily be brushed aside by disappointed voters.

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