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Sen. Chris Coons, Biden ally, says midterms could be an ‘indication’ of whether he’ll run in 2024

Close Biden allies say he could wait until NEXT year to announce he’s running in 2024: Democratic Sen. Chris Coons says midterms will be an indication

  • “President Biden has always been someone who talked about the need for a transition to a new generation of leaders,” said Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware
  • It comes after the president told 60 Minutes that ‘it’s way too early’ to make a decision on whether he’ll run for the White House again
  • Several Biden aides have promised that the president will run for re-election
  • Even Coons previously sounded more confident about the prospects, telling Fox News on Sunday last June: ‘Yes, he is.’

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President Joe Biden may not make a decision on whether to run for re-election in 2024 until the middle of next year, a close Senate ally of his told reporters on Tuesday.

Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware, Biden’s home state, suggested November’s midterm election results could also be a factor in the president’s decision.

It comes after Biden struck a decidedly uncertain tone when discussing his political future, despite a litany of aides and lawmakers vowing he will mount another campaign.

“The outcome of the midterm elections will be a pretty strong indication of what the issues are that will shape the grounds for the 2024 presidential election,” Coons told reporters, according to Axios.

Coons added that the next presidential election is “a long time away.”

“November 2024 is a long time away, and President Biden has always been someone who talked about the need for a transition to a new generation of leaders,” he said.

‘The question is just when, and it’s not clear to me that he has decided when that will happen.’

He added: And I honestly think he means what he said in the 60 Minutes interview, that he’s focused on getting the job done.’

Delaware Sen. Chris Coons was clearly more skeptical about the prospect of President Biden running for a second term than he was in June.

Delaware Sen. Chris Coons was clearly more skeptical about the prospect of President Biden running for a second term than he was in June.

Coon’s less certain tone is a departure from the confidence other Democratic allies have shown that Biden will run again.

However, he seemed confident that Biden would beat Donald Trump if they had a rematch in 2024.

Apparently weighing in on forecasts that Republicans could retake both the House and Senate in November, Coons said there were “plenty of examples of previous Democratic presidents in our lifetime who had a rough first midterm, but then came roaring back and won re-election.” ‘

Biden raised eyebrows on Sunday when he told CBS News’ 60 Minutes that it was ‘way too early’ to say whether he will run for president again.

“Look, if I were to say to you, I’m running again, suddenly a whole series of things come into play that I have — demands, I have to change and move and do,” the president said.

“It is far too early to make such decisions. I have a great respect for fate. So what I do is I do my job. I will do the work. And within the time frame that makes sense after this next election cycle here, into next year, you have to decide what you’re going to do.’

Biden told 60 Minutes on Sunday that it was 'way too early' to say whether he will run in 2024

Biden told 60 Minutes on Sunday that it was 'way too early' to say whether he will run in 2024

Biden told 60 Minutes on Sunday that it was ‘way too early’ to say whether he will run in 2024

It is highly unusual for presidential candidates, especially incumbents, to file for the next race for the White House before the preceding midterm elections.

However, Biden’s comments caused confusion because of the security his allies portrayed.

Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in late July that Biden “intends to run in 2024,” when asked by reporters.

Former adviser Cedric Richmond told NBC unequivocally last week: ‘He’s running.’

Even Coons previously expressed more confidence in Biden seeking a second term.

Asked by Fox News on Sunday in June if his allies in the White House intend to stay for another four years, Coons said “yes.”

‘Let me be ready. I am not speaking on his behalf or announcing a candidacy. I’m just saying that right now it’s my understanding that the president intends to seek another term,” the senator said.