Kamala Harris’s ‘clarified’ statement about Joe Biden’s plans for reelection (if he’s even alive in 2024) raised some eyebrows.
Harris previously said, “Joe Biden is running for reelection and I will be his ticket mate.”
On Wednesday Harris clarified her statement, “The president intends to run and if he does, I will be his ticket mate.”
No prominent Democrat lawmaker will even go on the record and endorse Joe Biden for 2024.
The Los Angeles Times reported:
Vice President Kamala Harris created new uncertainty Wednesday about President Biden’s intentions to run for reelection in 2024, pulling back from a definitive statement she had made earlier in the week.
“The president intends to run and if he does, I will be his ticket mate. We will run together,” Harris told a Times reporter Wednesday as she prepared to depart for California aboard Air Force Two.
Advisors had told the reporter that Harris wanted to come to the back of the plane to clarify what she told CNN on Monday. In an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash, Harris was asked about speculation that Biden would not run and about her own potential candidacy.
“Joe Biden is running for reelection, and I will be his ticket mate,” Harris told CNN. . “Full stop.”
The deliberate clarification on Wednesday is certain to raise questions about Biden’s intentions, which have been the subject of speculation since the 2020 election. Biden, 79, is the oldest president in American history.
A prominent Democrat who is close to the White House said Harris’ comments on Wednesday were not an indication that Biden’s thinking has changed about running for reelection. Biden and other White House officials have said repeatedly that he expects to campaign for reelection.