President Biden: to rerun or to retire? 

President Biden gave a wide-ranging interview on Sunday for “60 Minutes,” during which he brought up some doubts about if he will run again in 2024.

Why would he not run? 

“Look, my intention as I said, to begin with, is that I would run again. But it’s just an intention. But is it a firm decision that I run again? That remains to be seen,” he said. Biden’s age has long been the subject of scrutiny among Republicans and Democrats alike, and he said that he’s a “great respecter of fate,” thus his reluctance to say for sure that he’ll run again. 

How soon is he likely to decide? 

Rumors say he’ll discuss it with his family over the holidays and make a decision by early next year. The decision might not be entirely his to make though, as behind the scenes and among Democrats, there is dwindling enthusiasm over a Biden reelection bid. His public expression of doubt will only add more intensity to the debates, especially going into the midterms in November. “What I’m doing is I’m doing my job. I’m gonna do that job. And within the timeframe that makes sense after this next election cycle here, going into next year, makes a judgment on what to do,” Biden added. 

Is this about his performance? 

Questions over a possible reelection bid have been mostly about Biden’s age. But that’s not a concern the president seems to be having. In reaction to questions on his fitness for the job, Biden said, “I respect the fact that people would say, you know, ‘You’re old.’ And – but I think it relates to how much energy you have, and whether or not the job you’re doing is one consistent with what any person of any age would be able to do”. 

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