President Joe Biden said on MSNBC’s “The ReidOut” on Friday that he intends to run for office in 2024, and his wife, first lady Jill Biden, is supporting him.
Anchor Jonathan Capehart said: “Mr. President. you haven’t officially said you’re running for re-election, but NBC’s Mike Memoli, who you know well, quotes a senior executive to the first lady that a 2024 re-election campaign, quotes, ‘Does something both Dr. Biden and the family fully support. Seeing this brought me back to your 2017 book Promise Me, Dad. You wrote about how your late son Beau insisted you run for president in 2016, as we know you didn’t. You raced in 2020, but you write in the book that Beau said it was, in quotes, “your obligation, your duty to race.” You also write duty was a word that Beau Biden did not use lightly. You’re president now, and there’s a lot of people saying you shouldn’t run again because of your age. I wonder, what do you think Beau Biden would say to those people who think you shouldn’t run again?”
Biden said, “It’s not that much he would tell these people. What he would say to me, in my opinion, the only reason to get involved in public life is can you improve the lives of others? Depending on who the opponent is, if he has a vision that’s the opposite of what I believe is democracy and what I believe is good for the average American, then his argument was, dad, you got the obligation to do something. The reason why I’m not making a judgment on whether to officially run or not, once I make that judgment, a whole series of regulations come into play. And I consider myself a candidate from that that time. I have not made this formal decision, but it is my intention. My intention to run again. And we have time to make that decision.
Capehart said, “Is Dr. Biden for?”
Biden said, “My wife thinks we’re doing something very important and I shouldn’t walk away from it.”
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