Biden creates new 2024 uncertainty: 'Much too early' to declare if he'll run for re-election
"Is it a firm decision that I run again? That remains to be seen," the president told CBS' 60 Minutes while also declaring the pandemic over.
President Joe Biden is injecting fresh uncertainty into the 2024 election, declaring it is "much too early" to firmly decide whether to run for re-election while pointedly acknowledging some think he's too old to be America's chief executive.
“Look, my intention, as I said to begin with, is that I would run again. But it’s just an intention," Biden acknowledged in an interview with CBS' 60 Minutes news magazine that aired Sunday. "But is it a firm decision that I run again? That remains to be seen."
Biden and the White House have kept the perception the last year that the 79-year-old president would seek a second term. But like his wife Jill last week, Biden acknowledged he was uncertain whether to run again.
"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 timeframe that makes sense after this next election cycle here, going into next year, make a judgment on what to do," Biden told CBS.
The president also acknowledged some think he's too old to be president but said those critics simply need to "watch me."
"I respect the fact that people would say, you know, 'You're old.' But I think it relates to how much energy you have, and whether or not the job you're doing is one consistent with what any person of any age would be able to do," he added.
The president also declared he believed the COVID-19 crisis has ended.
"The pandemic is over. We still have a problem with COVID. We're still doing a lot of work on it. But the pandemic is over," he said.
Federal health agencies still list COVID-19 as a "Public Health Emergency," while the World Health Organization calls it a "Public Health Emergency of International Concern."