President Joe Biden told Al Sharpton in a private conversation that he would seek a second term and run for president again in 2024, NBC News reported.
Biden reportedly told Sharpton of his plans to seek a second term in early September at the end of a meeting with leaders from the nation’s top civil rights organizations.
As NBC reported:
“I’ll do it again,” Biden said as he posed for a photo in the Roosevelt Room with Sharpton, who is also an MSNBC host, according to an official with Sharpton’s National Action Network who recounted Sharpton’s description. “Go.”
Sharpton was one of the first to learn of Biden’s 2020 presidential bid.
As detailed by NBC:
During a group chat, Sharpton reminded Biden that the two had sat in January 2019 on the sidelines of an event celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. At the time, Biden had not yet declared his candidacy and was seeking Sharpton’s endorsement — or at least a pledge of neutrality — in a field that would include Vice President Kamala Harris and Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., both who are Black.
Biden then sought Sharpton’s advice on running in 2020, avoiding a definitive statement that he would endorse. But, as Sharpton said of the team at the White House, that conversation nearly four years ago convinced him that he was among the first to know that Biden would eventually run.
Biden, who is already the oldest sitting president at 79, would turn 82 in 2024.
Voters questioned Biden’s mental fitness to serve as president after he had several embarrassing moments on the world stage, including flashing a card with detailed instructions on how to act as president and falling off his bicycle.
More recently, Biden praised and then tried to find dead Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) in a crowd, just a month after her tragic death in a car accident.
An August poll found that 59 percent of Americans think Biden should take and release a cognitive test. Additionally, a majority of voters have “doubts” about Biden’s mental capacity, according to an April poll.
While he has not officially announced his re-election bid, Biden has insisted in the past that he will run once more if he is healthy enough.
In a 60 minutes Interviewed this month, Biden told CBS it was “too early” to make a decision about his re-election efforts.
“Look, my intention, as I said, starting from is to run again. But it’s just an intention. But is it a firm decision to run again? That remains to be seen,” Biden said during the interview.
If Biden does run for office again, he will have to overcome his scandalous first term, which included low approval ratings, a disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, 40-year high inflation, high gas prices and an energy crisis.
A poll released Monday showed just 39 percent of registered voters approve of Biden’s job performance.
Biden will likely face a rematch against former President Donald Trump in 2024, as Trump is the clear front-runner among Republican voters, according to polls.
In December, Biden told ABC that if Trump were the Republican presidential nominee in 2024, it would “raise the prospect” that he would run for re-election.
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