In an exclusive interview with the Associated Press on Friday (February 24), First Lady Jill Biden gave the clearest indication President Joe Biden intends to seek reelection in 2024.
The First Lady revealed in the interview that there was “pretty much” nothing left to do for Biden’s announcement other than determine a place and time for the announcement.
Despite Biden’s long-time suggestion that he’d be seeking a second term, he hasn’t made it official, nor has he been able to dispel the idea that he is too old to Preside over the U.S. at 86 years old, the age he’d be at the end of a second term.
Speaking in Nairobi, Kenya, the second and final stop of her five-day trip to Africa, the First Lady queried, “How many times” would Biden have to make the assertion “for you to believe it?
The First Lady elaborated that Biden was seeking a second term because “he’s not done” and plans to finish “what he’s started,” adding, “that’s what’s important.”
The President’s Aides have indicated his intention to announce in April, following the end of the first fundraising quarter, and about the same time former President Barack Obama announced his reelection bid.
When discussing her description as a key figure in Biden’s orbit, the First Lady noted that she holds the title because she’s the President’s wife but brushed off a question about whether she has the deciding vote on his decision to run, explaining that “he’ll listen to [her], because [they’re] a married couple.”
Later, she elaborated, saying that Biden “makes up his own mind.”