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Joe Biden will run for re-election in 2024: White House

Maya Taylor

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The White House has confirmed that US President Joe Biden will run again in the 2024 presidential elections. According to a Reuters report, spokeswoman Jen Psaki says the president intends to run for a second term. At the time of her media address, Biden was on board Air Force One, on his way to a Thanksgiving event with US troops in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

The president’s approval ratings have taken a hit recently, with some Democrats questioning if he would run again. The Republicans celebrated a number of wins in recent state elections in Virginia, while the Democrats only won by a narrow margin in New Jersey.

However, Psaki appears to have laid to rest speculation that 79 year old Biden might not run for re-election.

“He is. That’s his intention.”

Meanwhile, a recent poll jointly conducted by USA Today and Suffolk University, found that Vice President Kamala Harris has an approval rating of just 28%. This had led some to question her suitability as a presidential candidate in the event that Biden decided not to run in 2024.

Reuters reports that on Friday, the president had his first health examination since he took office last January. The physical exam found that his gait has stiffened and that acid reflux is the cause of his coughing bouts. However, doctors have concluded that Biden is fit for office.

Last week, Congress approved a US$1 trillion infrastructure package, potentially boosting the political outlook for the president. A further US$2 trillion social safety net is still being debated.

SOURCE: Reuters

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