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Psaki says Biden still intends to run in 2024 despite poor polls, old age

White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed Monday that President Biden intends to run for re-election despite sagging help in the polls and voter unease about his well being — establishing a possible rematch with former President Donald Trump.

Biden, who turned 79 over the weekend, is already the oldest man to function president and could be 82 if he’s sworn in for a second time period. Trump, 75, could be 78 if he turns into the primary president since Grover Cleveland to win a second non-consecutive time period.

“There were reports that President Biden was telling allies that he is going to run for re-election in 2024. Can you confirm, is he going to run in 2024? Is he telling staff that?” a reporter requested Psaki on Air Force One as Biden traveled to a pre-Thanksgiving army occasion at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.

“Yes, that’s his intention,” Psaki responded.

After arriving on the base, Biden gave temporary remarks earlier than donning an apron with the presidential seal and scooping stuffing onto the plates of troops at a “friendsgiving” celebration.

“I’m so damn proud to be associated with you,” Biden stated. “And it’s hard for me to even say it, but the thing that’s amazing to me is how proud I am to be your commander in chief. You are the most incredible group of women and men — warriors — that we’ve ever seen.”

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President Joe Biden speaks throughout a go to to Fort Bragg earlier than Thanksgiving on Nov. 22, 2021.

As he typically does at occasions involving the army, Biden spoke about his household’s expertise when his late son Beau deployed to Iraq as a member of the Delaware Army National Guard.

“Folks, I want to thank not only your warriors, I want to thank your families because they stand and wait,” he stated. “And I know how hard it is to have someone who’s not at the table on a holiday, that are in harm’s way to find themselves out of the country.”

Biden and first woman Jill Biden are anticipated to depart the White House late Tuesday for a household journey to Nantucket to have fun the vacation.

Over the weekend, the Washington Post reported that Biden and shut aides are spreading the phrase that he plans to search a second time period in 2024, whilst many political pundits categorical doubts about his viability due to plunging ballot numbers and widespread perception that his well being is declining.

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President Joe Biden and first woman Jill Biden serve dinner throughout a go to to Fort Bragg.

“The only thing I’ve heard him say is he’s planning on running again. And I’m glad he is,” former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) instructed the outlet.

Recent polls point out that almost all voters disapprove of Biden’s efficiency and harbor doubts about his bodily situation amid crises together with the best inflation in 31 years, the best price of unlawful immigration because the Eighties, the disorderly US exit from Afghanistan and a resurgence of COVID-19 circumstances.

A Quinnipiac University poll launched final week discovered 53 % of registered voters disapprove of Biden’s efficiency and simply 38 % approve. An ABC News/Washington Post ballot performed Nov. 7-10 discovered 57 % disapproval and 38 approval of Biden.

Politico/Morning Consult survey revealed Nov. 17, in the meantime, discovered that fifty % of registered voters disagreed with the assertion “Joe Biden is in good health,” whereas solely 40 % agreed and 10 % didn’t know or had no opinion.

The ballot additionally discovered that 48 % of voters disagreed with the assertion “Joe Biden is mentally fit,” whereas 46 % agreed and 6 % didn’t know or had no opinion.

The concern over Biden’s well being and age is nothing new.

Last month, a Harvard-Harris poll discovered that 53 % of voters have doubts concerning the president’s health whereas 47 % don’t. In addition, 58 % of respondents stated Biden was too old to be president, whereas 42 % felt he was match sufficient for the job.

On Friday, Biden underwent a bodily at Walter Reed Medical Center exterior Washington and obtained a largely clear invoice of well being, although his doctor Dr. Kevin O’Connor stated spinal arthritis contributed to “the President’s gait appear[ing] to be perceptibly stiffer and less fluid” and that his cough whereas talking appears to be “increasing [in] frequency and severity,” although it’s possible brought on solely by abdomen acid reflux disease.

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