Here’s what they had to say…
While there have been murmurs that President Joe Biden should not run for reelection given his advanced age and poor performance, the White House has revealed the President along with Vice President Kamala Harris’s plan to seek reelection.
Spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre answered in the affirmative when asked by reporters if the President had plans to seek reelection.
When queried about the disconnect between Biden and White House’s view concerning the next presidential cycle and comments Kamala Harris made in an interview, Jean-Pierre said that she could not “speak to a conversation of the vice president.” However, she mentioned that she could only address statements White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki and Biden had issued.
In an interview published by the Wall Street Journal, Harris said she and Biden had not discussed plans for reelection and that it was not a topic she thinks about while approaching the end of her first year in office.
However, statements made by Psaki contradict Harris’s claims, as Psaki said in November that it was Biden’s “intention” to seek reelection.
In a statement made to the Washington Post, Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd said that he had only heard the President say he was planning to run again, adding that he was glad he did.
These remarks come after NY Times columnist – and never-Trumper, Bret Stephens – who supported Biden in the 2020 Presidential election brought up Biden’s age and performance. In the column, Stephens queries whether Biden should run for a second term or whether he should make it clear he wouldn’t seek reelection to allow other Democrat candidates time to appeal for attention.