The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee told the Financial Times that she’s not considering making another presidential bid, saying that she expects Biden to run for reelection. A number of opinion polls have suggested Biden’s approval rating has cratered in recent weeks as more and more Americans are expressing concerns about the future of the country and economy.
“No, out of the question,” Clinton said in response to a question about a 2024 campaign. “First of all, I expect Biden to run. He certainly intends to run. It would be very disruptive to challenge that.”
After running for president in 2008 before losing the Democratic Party’s primary to Barack Obama, she later became former President Obama’s secretary of state. In 2016, she lost to former Republican President Donald Trump.
Elaborating further in the FT interview, Clinton revealed that she believes Trump is slated to seek the GOP nomination in 2024.
“I think if he can, he’s going to run again,” the former first lady said. “Follow the money with Trump—he’s raised about $130 million sitting in his bank account that he used to travel around … I don’t know who will challenge him in the Republican primary.”
She added that “the most important thing” for Democrats to do “is to win the next election” because “the alternative is so frightening that whatever does not help you win should not be a priority.”
Despite her comments about Biden seeking reelection, there have been concerns about the president’s stamina and health—namely as he fell from his bike while riding in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, on Saturday.
“I’m good, I’m good,” Biden said in a video as U.S. Secret Service agents swarmed the 79-year-old. “I got my foot caught,” he added.
Meanwhile, left-wing CNN pundit Don Lemon asked White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre whether Biden, 79, is able to keep up mentally and physically.
“Does the president have the stamina, physically and mentally, do you think to continue on even after 2024?” Lemon asked the press secretary during a segment last week.
“Don, you’re asking me this question,” a visibly shocked Jean-Pierre said in response, laughing off the question. “Oh my gosh. He’s the president of the United States.” She added that such a question was not one that “we should be even asking.”
If Biden wins the presidency in 2024, he will be aged 86 upon leaving office.