Democrats Scramble to Dispel Rumors That Joe Biden Won’t Run in 2024
Whispers swirl of Biden's exit
As Kamala Harris's poll numbers continue to plummet, Democrats are now scrambling to quell rumors that Joe Biden will not run in 2024.
Neon Nettle reported last week that Biden's long-time friend said he "might not" seek reelection in 2024.
Former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) revealed Biden may not run in the next election as his popularity has plummeted since taking office.
Dodd was speaking with the New York Times about how enthusiasm for Biden has reached such a nadir just one year after the 2020 election.
Dodd sparked a wave of speculation when he suggested to the New York Times that Biden may not seek reelection.
“I’m hoping the president runs for re-election,” Dodd said.
“But for whatever reason that might not be the case, it’s hard to believe there would be a shortlist without Kamala’s name on it.
"She’s the vice president of the United States.”
There have also been recent media reports of growing tension between Biden and Harris over her lack of defined roles.
“Worn out by what they see as entrenched dysfunction and lack of focus, key West Wing aides have largely thrown up their hands at Vice President Kamala Harris and her staff — deciding there simply isn’t time to deal with them right now,” CNN began its lengthy report on Sunday.
Inside the White House, reports indicate Team Harris has grown increasingly frustrated with Team Biden for essentially sidelining them.
“Many in the vice president’s circle fume that she’s not being adequately prepared or positioned, and instead is being sidelined,” noted CNN.
“The vice president herself has told several confidants she feels constrained in what she’s able to do politically.”
Speaking with the Washington Post, Chis Dodd appeared to change his tune.
"The only thing I’ve heard him say is he’s planning on running again,” Dodd said.
"And I’m glad he is.”
Biden has said he plans to run for reelection earlier this year.
“My plan is to run for reelection. That’s my expectation,” Biden said in March.
"I said, ‘That is my expectation,’” he added.
"I’m a great respecter of fate.
"I’ve never been able to plan four-and-a-half, three-and-a-half years ahead for certain.”
During a virtual fundraiser, Biden repeated his pledge to run in 2024, as per Washington Post.
“What he is saying publicly is what he firmly believes. There’s no difference,” said former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell, who attended the fundraising event.
"He will not run if he feels he can’t do the job physically or emotionally.”
Neon Nettle reported earlier this week, a top aide for Kamala Harris has also handed in her resignation as rumors swirl about an apparent rift with Democrat Joe Biden as the VP's approval polling continues to tank.
Communications director Ashley Etienne resigned Thursday, the Washington Examiner reported.
"Etienne’s last day will be next month as the office opens for a new official to take the role," the report notes.
The news comes as "whispers" have begun to emerge that Biden is planning to replace Harris with a new vice president.