Biden says it’s “much too early” to make a decision to run again, adding new uncertainty to his 2024 plans

“Look, 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 to run again? That remains to be seen,” Biden told CBS’ Scott Pelley. When asked if he would run on “60 Minutes.”

Biden has consistently said that he has “great respect for fate” and that events can interfere with his decision-making. Still, Biden’s decision on whether to run “remains to be seen” on Sunday, adding new uncertainty to a question that will be a focal point for Democrats after this year’s midterm elections.

Behind the scenes and among Democratic circles, the certainty of Biden’s reelection bid has not been so strong. Biden’s advisers hope to discuss another run with his family over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and hope he will be able to announce a decision early in the new year.

But Biden publicly admitting he’s undecided — as his wife, first lady Jill Biden, did in an interview last week — throws new questions into the 2024 race.

Biden cited election laws as the reason he couldn’t announce a decision in the first place.

“I have a lot of respect for destiny. And so what I’m doing is I’m doing my job. I’m going to do that job. And within a reasonable time frame after this next election cycle, come in here next year, make a judgment call on what needs to be done.” , Biden told CBS.

Asked about criticism that he is unfit for the job at his age, Biden told critics, “Watch me.”

“I respect that people say, you know, ‘you’re old.'” And — but I think how much energy you have and whether the work you’re doing matches what any person of any age would be able to do,” Biden said, adding that he’s mentally focused at work.

He has not observed anything “about the things that I don’t do now that I used to do, physical, or mental, or anything else,” Biden added.

Asked about his latest legislative success, Biden said, “How did an old man do that?”

When asked about running earlier, Biden gave a firmer answer.

“The answer is ‘yes’. My intention is to run for re-election. That is my hope,” Biden said in his first press conference in March 2021.

“The president has said repeatedly that he plans to run in 2024, and I’ll have to leave it at that,” press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told CNN’s Don Lemon in June.