President Joe Biden refused to commit about running for reelection in 2024 during an interview Thursday on “60 Minutes.”
Biden said while he intends to run again, there are far too many other factors at play to make an exact call just yet.
“Sir, are you committed to running again, or are there certain conditions that have to be right? host Scott Pelley asked during the interview.
“Look, if I were to say to you, I’m running again, all of a sudden, a whole range of things come into play that I have — requirements I have to change and move and do,” Biden said. “In terms of election laws, and it’s much too early to make that kind of decision. I’m a great respecter of fate. And so, what I’m doing is I’m doing my job. I’m gonna do that job. And within the time frame that makes sense after this next election cycle here, going into next year, make a judgment on what to do.”
“You say that it’s much too early to make that decision. I take it the decision has not been made in your own head?” Pelley pressed.
“Look, my intention as I said to begin with is that I would run again,” Biden said. “But it’s just an intention. But is it a firm decision that I run again? That remains to be seen.” (RELATED: ‘Not Exactly An Open Invitation’: Tapper Presses Sen. Kelly After He Dodges Whether He Wants Biden To Campaign For Him)
American voters also seem to be a bit reluctant to tell the president to run again, with a recently released USA Today/Ipsos poll finding a majority of Democrats think Biden should not run for reelection in 2024 and that the Democratic party needs a shakeup.
Fifty-six percent of Democrats think Biden should not run for reelection, while 44% of those polled think Biden should run for reelection. The poll surveyed 2,345 people between Aug. 18-22 and did not have a margin of error because it was a non-probability poll.
A USA Today/Suffolk University poll conducted in July found 50% of Democrats hoped Biden wouldn’t seek a second term while 69% of all voters felt the same. A New York Times/ Siena College poll conducted in July found nearly two-thirds of Democrats would prefer someone else on the Democratic ticket over Biden in 2024, while a Harvard CAPS-Harris poll conducted in June found a whopping 71% of Americans do not want Biden seeking a second term.