Kamala Harris: “Biden will run for re-election in 2024”

“The president intends to run and if he does, I will be running with him. We will run together.”

The US vice president Kamala Harris created new uncertainty yesterday about President Joe Biden’s intention to run for re-election in 2024., backtracking from other statements released this week. “The president intends to run, and if he does, I will be running with him. We will run together,” Harris told the Los Angeles Times yesterday as he prepared to leave for California aboard Air Force Two. Senior officials told the press that the vice president wanted to come to the rear of the plane to clarify what she had told CNN on Monday. In an interview with Dana Bash on CNN, Harris was asked about speculation about Biden not re-applying and about his potential candidacy.

Joe Biden will run for re-election and I will be his ticket. Point“, he replied. The clarification given yesterday will certainly raise questions about Biden’s intentions, which have been the subject of speculation since the election in 2020. Biden, 79, is already the oldest president in American history. A leading Democrat close to the White House said Harris’ statements yesterday did not indicate that Biden had changed his mind about seeking re-election. Biden and other White House officials have repeatedly said he plans to re-run in 2024.

Harris’s statements yesterday are aimed at avoiding the use of ‘trigger’ words, which would require Biden to set up a formal campaign with the Federal Election Commission and begin raising funds, the Dem said, asking for anonymity. However, many Democrats privately speculate about Biden’s future and whether Harris, who has low popularity rates in the polls, will still be a favorite for the ticket if Biden decides to run again. Harris’s statements about Biden’s intentions, two days after the initial ones at CNN, will likely add to these speculations.