‘I Think People Have To Just Watch Me’: Biden Reveals Thoughts On His Health, Running In 2024

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Diana Glebova White House Correspondent
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President Joe Biden revealed he hasn’t yet made a “decision” as to whether he will be running in 2024, but that another presidential bid is his “intention,” barring any health problems.

“I would be completely, thoroughly honest with the American people if I thought there was any health problem, anything that would keep me from being able to do the job. And and, so we’ll see. But, you know, I just — I think people have to just watch me,” Biden said in a Wednesday interview with PBS.

PBS NewsHours’ Judy Woodruff pressed Biden if that response means he’s running.

“I haven’t made that decision. That’s my intention, I think. But I haven’t made that decision firmly yet,” Biden said.

The 80-year-old president would be 86 at the end of his potential second term. The White House has yet to release his annual physical, and it is set to be available Feb. 16, after several delays.

He has refused to publicly do a mental acuity test, despite polls showing that a majority of Americans are “concerned” about his mental health. Fifty-four House Republicans called on Biden in July to take a cognitive test amid the “concern.”

US President Joe Biden speaks to members of the press before walking to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on February 9, 2023. – Biden is travelling to Tampa, Florida, to speak about his plan to protect and strengthen Social Security and Medicare, as well as lower healthcare costs. (Photo by Brendan SMIALOWSKI / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

Biden has hinted repeatedly that he is weighing another presidential run, and has told Americans to “watch” him if they have any concerns about his health. (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: Joe Biden Has Signs Of Dementia, Ben Carson Says In Informal Assessment)

He said on Friday “we’re just getting started” and “we’ve got a lot more to do,” when speaking at a Democratic National Committee (DNC) meeting.

DNC Chair Jaime Harrison said Feb. 3 that they are preparing for Biden’s announcement.

“The president will make a determination when he wants to officially announce, but he has given all of us his intentions that he’s going to run again. So we at the DNC are doing all that we can to build up for that moment. To make sure that not only when he makes that announcement, that we can run, we run hard and that we win,” Harrison said.