President Joe Biden said Friday that while he hasn’t made a formal decision to run for re-election in 2024, it is his “intention.”
“The reason I don’t make an official judgment to run or not to run is because once I make that judgment, a whole set of regulations come into play and I have to – from that point on I treat myself as a candidate. I haven’t made that formal decision, but my intention is to run again. And we have time to make that decision,” Biden told MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart in an interview at Delaware State University in Dover.
The question of Biden’s political future will come before Democrats after the midterm elections in November, as the party struggles to retain control of Congress. Already, questions about whether the President will make another bid for the White House have thrown questions into the developing 2024 race.
Last month, Biden said it was “much too early” to decide whether he would run for president again in 2024, opening the door for him not to seek another term.
At 79, Biden is already the oldest president in American history and, as CNN previously reported, his public schedule has previously raised questions about how broad a campaign he would run if he ran.
On Friday, the president said he thinks the work being done by first lady Jill Biden is “very important.”
“Dr. Biden believes — my wife — believes that I — we’re — we’re doing something very important, and I shouldn’t walk away from it,” Biden said.
Asked what his son Beau Biden would say to people who think he’s too old to run for president, Biden said, “Not so much. [what] he would say to that person. What I think he would say to me. The only reason to participate in public life is to improve the lives of other people. And depending on who the opponent is, if they have a view that I think is anti-democratic and that I think is good for ordinary Americans, then his argument was, Dad, you have an obligation to do something.
In the wide-ranging interview, Biden also vowed to use his veto power to protect reproductive rights if Republicans win control of Congress in the midterms and laws to outlaw abortion nationwide are passed.
Asked how he would protect “women”, Biden said he would “veto” Republicans’ proposals to limit access to the procedure.
“To outlaw Roe, to outlaw a woman’s right to choose her doctor, to make no exceptions for rape, incest, etc., and to get it out of Congress to make it the law of the land, the president has to sign it. I’m going to veto it,” Biden said on Roe v. Wade, which upheld the federal constitutional right to abortion until the Supreme Court overturned the ruling in June.
It comes after the president sought to mobilize his own party’s voters this week by promising to sign a law codifying abortion rights in January if voters elect more Democrats to pass the legislation.
The president’s oath echoed remarks he made earlier this week, when he said about the possibility of a Republican-controlled Congress passing a bill banning abortion nationwide: “If a bill passes in the next few years, I will veto it.”
On the economy and inflation, the president rejected polls showing that the majority of voters disapprove of the direction of the economy, saying that “what we have done and what we have overcome are not yet included.”
He argued that the GOP has no plan to address the economic concerns of Americans, and said: “They have no other platform to throw what I’ve been able to do, we’ve been able to do it. And I don’t know what they’re for.”
Biden also doubled down on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s recent comments questioning the future of US aid to Ukraine.
“I can understand anybody having that uninformed opinion, and believe me, because it costs a lot of money to help them,” Biden said Friday. “But there is much more than Ukrainians. It is about NATO, about Western Europe. It’s about making sure [Russian President Vladimir] Putin cannot succeed in the way he is using the brutality of his activities.’