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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday that Joe Biden intends to run for re-election in 2024.
Speaking aboard Air Force One, a reporter asked Psaki if Biden plans to seek a second term in office amid a flurry of reports on discussions among Democrats about whether he would follow through on a bid for a second term.
“Over the weekend, there were reports that President Biden was telling allies that he is going to run for reelection in 2024. Can you confirm? Is he going to run in 2024? Is he telling staff that?” a reporter asked.
“He is, that’s his intention,” Psaki said.
Speaking aboard Air Force One, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed that President Joe Biden intends to run for re-election in 2024. https://t.co/N91Wqn2gUJ
— FOX 32 News (@fox32news) November 23, 2021
While Biden’s plans for 2024 could change over the next two years, Kamala Harris delivered an interesting response last week when asked about the 2024 presidential election.
During an interview on ABC’s Good Morning America, Harris said the 2024 election is “absolutely not” being discussed at the White House.
Host George Stephanopoulos asked Harris directly if the White House is discussing 2024.
“Absolutely not,” she answered. “No.”
Kind of interesting that Harris has not been discussing the upcoming election given reports this week that Biden’s team is considering replacing her as his vice president.
Asked whether Pres. Biden has told her whether he's going to seek reelection in 2024, VP Harris tells @GStephanopoulos they are focused on infrastructure, national security and other priorities.@GStephanopoulos: “So, you're not discussing 2024 yet?"@VP: “Absolutely not.” pic.twitter.com/B29CW0Verm
— Good Morning America (@GMA) November 18, 2021
Harris also pushed back on reports that she is being underutilized in her job.
“Do you share that frustration? What do you say to your friends who are frustrated?” Stephanopoulos asked.
“We’re getting things done. We’re doing it together,” she stated. “I’m very very excited about the work that we have accomplished, but I am also absolutely, absolutely, clear-eyed that there is a lot more to do. And we’re going to get it done.”
.@VP Kamala Harris pushes back on reports she has not been effective in her role, telling @GStephanopoulos: “We're getting things done, and we're doing it together." https://t.co/Nh3u02dpDL pic.twitter.com/YvRENaTr18
— Good Morning America (@GMA) November 18, 2021
Why does this matter?
Rumors are flying that Biden’s administration is at least looking into the idea of replacing Harris as vice president and having her nominated to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.
White House insiders are painting a picture of total chaos and discontent between Biden and Harris, according to CNN.
“Kamala Harris is a leader but is not being put in positions to lead,” a top Democratic donor said. “[Biden] should be putting her in positions to succeed, as opposed to putting weights on her. If you did give her the ability to step up and help her lead, it would strengthen you and strengthen the party.”
The CNN report also claims there’s a rumor that Biden has considered booting Harris from the vice presidency altogether and nominating her to a Supreme Court vacancy.
“That chatter has already reached top levels of the Biden orbit, according to one person who’s heard it,” CNN reported.
CNN’s report claims Biden allies in the administration have avoided dealing with Harris because they see “entrenched dysfunction and lack of focus” from her.
“She’s perceived to be in such a weak position that top Democrats in and outside of Washington have begun to speculate privately, asking each other why the White House has allowed her to become so hobbled in the public consciousness, at least as they see it,” the report said. “Republicans and right-wing media turned Harris into a political target from the moment she was picked for the ticket. And implicit racism and sexism have been constant.”
CNN’s report also alleges that sources said that Harris’ staff has failed her.
“When Biden picked Harris as his running mate, he was essentially anointing her as the future of the Democratic Party,” the report said. “Now many of those close to her feel like he’s shirking his political duties to promote her, and essentially setting her up to fail. Her fans are panicked, watching her poll numbers sink even lower than Biden’s, worrying that even the base Democratic vote is starting to give up on her.”
Allies to Harris have essentially accused members of Biden’s circle of being racist for not defending her.
A former Harris staffer, who spoke to current aides and Harris allies, said, “It’s hard to miss the specific energy that the White House brings to defend a white man, knowing that Kamala Harris has spent almost a year taking a lot of the hits that the West Wing didn’t want to take themselves.”
The MSM is finally catching up on the White House Shade War!
Welcome to the party pic.twitter.com/VXE8AYyip3
— Jack Posobiec ✝️ (@JackPosobiec) November 15, 2021
The LA Times has been tracking national opinion polls to help gauge how voters view Harris.
As of this week, 42% of registered voters had a favorable opinion of Harris and 51% had an unfavorable opinion.
Over the summer, a new survey revealed that several Democrat strategists are alarmed at Harris’ sinking poll numbers and are questioning whether she would actually harm the party in the 2022 midterm elections.
Harris has become the most unpopular vice president six months into an administration since at least the 1970s.