President Biden has officially announced that he will not run for re-election in 2024, ruling out a possible presidential run against his Vice President, Kamala Harris. Biden, who turned 79 in November 2021, will be the oldest president in US history when he finishes his first term.
Despite speculation that Biden might seek a second term, the president has made it clear that he will not run for re-election. He has previously stated that he views himself as a “transitional figure” who will pave the way for the next generation of Democratic leaders.
Biden’s announcement clears the way for Harris to become the first woman and first person of color to occupy the Oval Office. Harris, a former senator from California, has been a key ally of Biden’s since joining the ticket in 2020.
She has played a prominent role in the administration, leading efforts to address the root causes of migration from Central America and advocating for voting rights legislation.
Biden’s decision not to run for re-election is not surprising, given his age and the pressures of the presidency. He has faced a number of challenges in his first year in office, including the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a struggling economy, and deep political divisions in Congress.
Despite these challenges, Biden has pushed ahead with his legislative agenda, including the American Rescue Plan and the bipartisan infrastructure bill.
The announcement of Biden’s decision not to seek re-election has been met with mixed reactions from both Democrats and Republicans.
Some Democrats have praised Biden’s leadership and expressed confidence in Harris’s ability to lead the party in the future. Republicans, meanwhile, have criticized Biden’s policies and questioned Harris’s qualifications to be president.