Joe Biden has no chance of running in 2024. Why didn’t he avoid the question?

The White House press must have wondered when President Joe Biden would be “questioned.” I’m from CBS News Nancy Cordes last Thursday.Did you decide Will you run for reelection in 2024? “

Biden could have avoided it by saying: When the time comes, I’m curious about the second term. “

Instead, he chose a seemingly decisive and confident approach. “”The answer is yes“My plan is to run for reelection. That’s my expectation.”

For Biden and his party, the question is Morton’s fork — All possible answers are undesirable. You declare you are not running and will be a lame duck shortly after taking office. We will also closely monitor Kamala Harris, the vice president (and possibly his successor). But when you’re hoping to run again and at the age of 78 you’ve fired a critic who claims you’re already too old and you describe yourself as the “bridge” president Let’s say you frustrated a Democrat who believed.

Long — don’t do it

This is an opinion section, so I will clarify it. Joe Biden is unlikely to become the first presidential candidate in his eighties in the United States. As George HW Bush of Dana Carvey says, “Na ga da — don’t do it.. “

“See, I think of myself as a bridge“It’s nothing else,” Biden said about a year ago. “The whole generation of leaders you’ve seen stands behind me. They’re the future of this country.” Many Biden Proponents thought there would be no second term as an implicit guarantee.

Emphasizing the single-term assumption is Politico’s Ryan Lizza early in the campaign: “According to four people who regularly talk to Biden, it’s virtually unthinkable that he will run for reelection in 2024, as they all wanted to discuss the issue of internal campaigns anonymously. . “

President Joe Biden of Washington, DC, March 25, 2021

President Joe Biden of Washington, DC, March 25, 2021

So what has changed? From COVID to economic immigration, I don’t submit anything except Biden’s determination to look healthy and strong, working on a myriad of issues. However, the reporter will concentrate on Biden’s re-election plan for the next four years. Shortly after Cordes asked the question, CNN’s Kaitlan Collins returned and asked Biden if he would really run again. And will Harris remain on the ticket? And does Biden expect Donald Trump to be a Republican candidate?

Finally, Biden tried to change the subject by saying, “Oh, come on.”

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Like many Americans, I’m fed up with non-stop campaigns. The day after Biden’s press conference, the first bit of an actual campaign by presumed Republican applicants took place in Iowa as former Secretary of State Mike. Pompeo spoke to about 100 people At a restaurant in Urbandale. Pompeo wasn’t officially a candidate, but he looked like a candidate when he swung in Iowa for two days.

When Trump won four years ago, he Apply for reelection January 20, 2017, with the Federal Election Commission on his inauguration day. Unless it’s a never-ending campaign, I don’t know what it is.

The art of deflection is underestimated

Despite Biden’s statement that he “expects” to seek reelection, his age is already putting a lot of pressure on Kamala Harris. No vice president has taken office with enough speculation that she will become the party’s leading candidate for presidential nomination in the next cycle.

Giving Harris the impossible job of solving immigration problems is unlikely to increase her inventory. This issue was arguably the worst part of Obama Biden’s record, and things only got worse during Trump’s term. Now it’s a raging crisis.

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If Biden is really interested in giving Democrats the longest possible run in the White House, he should find a way to signal that he has only one term. In the history of the country, the Vice President has never served as the second president after the president served two terms.

Biden should have been able to divert the second phase of the question last week, saying he was worried about something more important. Instead, he gave incredible answers and inspired critics and comedians. Michael Choi saidSaturday night live“. “President Biden was asked if he was planning to run for reelection in 2024. This is probably the best way to ask if he intends to live within three years.”

Peter Funt is a writer and host of “Candid Camera”. He is working on a book on television depictions of the sitting president entitled “Playing POTUS”.

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