"That's his intention," White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Monday when asked if Biden would bid another term in 2024.
Democrats and political theorists had been speculating whether Biden would campaign for reelection before he turned 79 last weekend, the oldest president in history. Voters have told pollsters they are becoming more concerned about the President's physical and mental capability, despite his doctor's last week's announcement that he is "fit for duty." Dr. Kevin O'Connor did note the frequency and severity of his "'throat clearing' and coughing during speaking engagements."
The theory regarding Biden has increased the criticism of Harris, his potential successor. Psaki was also challenged about Harris's part in the decision to renominate Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell. Harris voted against Powell's post as chairman in 2018.
"The vice president is first in the room, the last in the room, and somebody that the president sees as a partner, and somebody he consults with and seeks the advice and counsel on nearly every decision," she said. "So, certainly, she was consulted, and this decision was discussed with her."
According to Psaki, Powell has led the Federal Reserve "for four years during a particularly tumultuous time in the United States," referring to the pandemic. She also supported Powell, who will be confronted by Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren, from criticism regarding his climate change positions.
Reports surfaced over the weekend that Biden and his supporters have been trying to comfort allies as the president continues to drop in the polls. But their works will stop the endeavor of other potential candidates, such as Harris and Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg.
"The only thing I've heard him say is he's planning on running again," former Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd told the Washington Post. "And I'm glad he is."
Biden is continuing to claim he is running for reelection – at which point he will be 82 years old – because if he were to avoid the question, he risks being seen as a lame-duck President less than a year into his term, the panel on "The Five" discussed Monday.
Co-host Jeanine Pirro said Biden's reported reassurance comes amid "open panic" among Democrats that his even-less-popular deputy, Vice President Kamala Harris, would become the party's standard-bearer if Biden chose not to work.