Asked whether Biden should seek reelection, Pelosi declines to answer, says she will not get into the politics of the issue

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When asked on Thursday whether President Joe Biden should run for reelection or if Democrats should advance another candidate, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did not provide an answer to the question.

Pelosi said that Biden performed a “great service” for the nation, noting that he beat former President Donald Trump. But the lawmaker said that she would not get into politics regarding whether Biden should run in 2024.

Pelosi Holds Weekly Briefing | NBC News

During an interview last year, Biden said that he planned to run again provided that he is healthy.

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But in a recent interview on “60 Minutes,” Biden said that if he announced a reelection bid, election law-related matters would arise. He said that it is “too early” for making such a decision. The president said that he intends to seek reelection, but he noted that is “just an intention.”

President Biden undecided on running for reelection in 2024 | 60 Minutes

Biden is the oldest president in U.S. history and would be 86 years old by the end of his second term in office. His job approval ratings have been underwater across various polls for a long time.

Pelosi, who is currently 82 years old and has served in Congress for more than three decades, is seeking another term in office during the 2022 election cycle.

A CBS News/YouGov survey of adults in the U.S. found that 73% believe there should be maximum age limits for elected figures — the poll found that this sentiment is shared by a majority of people across the political spectrum.

A USA Today/Ipsos poll of adults in the U.S. found that 56% of Democratic voters do not think that Biden should seek another term.

Americans have been facing roaring inflation, an issue which, if it persists, could make a reelection bid more difficult for Biden to mount successfully.

During Biden’s tenure, massive numbers of migrants have inundated America’s southern border — U.S. Customs and Border Protection has reported more than 2 million southwest land border encounters during an 11-month period spanning from October 2021 through August 2022.

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