Democrats are frantically trying to eliminate rumors of President Biden not running for reelection in 2024 while grasping reality with VP Harris failing in polls.
A longtime friend of President Biden, former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), ignited speculations when he suggested that Joe Biden may not seek election last week to the New York Times.
“I’m hoping the president runs for reelection,” Dodd said. “But for whatever reason, that might not be the case. It’s hard to believe there would be a shortlist without Kamala’s name on it. She’s the vice president of the United States.”
As the days went on, the media reported the tensions growing between Joe Biden and Kamala Harris due to the administration’s lack of defined roles.
“Worn out by what they see as entrenched dysfunction and lack of focus, key West Wing aides have largely thrown up their hands at Vice President Kamala Harris and her staff — deciding there simply isn’t time to deal with them right now,” CNN began its lengthy report on Sunday.
In the White House, the Harris team is growing more frustrated with the Biden team for essentially sidelining them, reports indicate.
“Many in the vice president’s circle fume that she’s not being adequately prepared or positioned, and instead is being sidelined,” noted CNN. “The vice president herself has told several confidants she feels constrained in what she’s able to do politically.”
Speaking with the Washington Post, Chis Dodd appeared to change his tune.
“The only thing I’ve heard him say is he’s planning on running again,” Dodd said. “And I’m glad he is.”
Joe Biden will turn 79 this month; he said he plans to run for reelection earlier this year.
“My plan is to run for reelection. That’s my expectation,” Biden said in March.
I said, ‘That is my expectation,'” he added. “I’m a great respecter of fate. I’ve never been able to plan four-and-a-half, three-and-a-half years ahead for certain.”
According to the Washington Post, during a 2024 fundraiser, Biden repeated his pledge to run in 2024.
“What he is saying publicly is what he firmly believes. There’s no difference,” said former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell, who attended the fundraising event. “He will not run if he feels he can’t do the job physically or emotionally.”
In private, other officials and Democrat strategists frankly admitted the president will have to walk a fine line not to get people’s hopes up while keeping them engaged.
“What is his health going to be in the next three years?” a Biden donor asked the outlet. “All you have to do is look at the mortality tables in America to understand what I’m saying.”