President Joe Biden didn’t tame speculation about whether or not he’d run for President in 2024 when he appeared in a 60 Minutes Interview that aired Sunday (September 18) night.
Instead, when the President was asked about his intentions for a 2024 bid he responded it “remains to be seen,” but emphasized the door was still open for him even as whispers about the effect of his age, a sluggish economy, and international conflicts will have on a 2024 bid.
Interviewer Scott Pelley reminded Biden of his vow to run again before querying if he held the same view.
In response, Biden recounted, “My intention, as I said to begin with, is that I would run again. But it’s just an intention. But is it a firm decision that I run again? That remains to be seen.”
The President’s remarks — made 50 days before the midterms — could be interpreted as a rallying cry by Republicans who’ll use Biden’s uncertainty to bolster to heighten their attacks on him.
But, from within his party, these comments signal to other Presidential hopefuls to prepare themselves. One name — among the dozens of Democrats who could pursue the Oval Office — that keeps popping up is California Governor Gavin Newsom.
Newsom has been a vocal critic of the GOP’s top brass like former President Donald Trump, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, and Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
Newsom wouldn’t be the only one to circle Biden’s political carcass should he choose not to run. Vice President Kamala Harris, who had a failed Presidential campaign in 2020, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, and even 81-year-old Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) have been mentioned as potential Presidential nominees.