Really, Jill? First Lady claims she has NOT spoken to Biden about him running for a second term – despite president vowing to enter 2024 race
Her claim is raising eyebrows considering the commander-in-chief’s public eagerness to seek re-election.
Speaking with NBC’s Today Show, the first lady admitted that being on the campaign trail is ‘taxing.’
Asked if they’d talked about doing it again in 2024, Biden answered: ‘Not yet.’
‘We’ve been a little bit too busy – not yet,’ she laughed. ‘But I’m sure it’ll be a discussion.’
She brushed off concerns about the grueling toll of campaigning with words of encouragement for her husband.
‘Look at all Joe has done. He has kept true to what he said he would do. And so I think he just needs to keep going,’ the first lady said.
But Biden’s lack of a formal declaration has earned him an FEC complaint from watchdog group Americans for Public Trust.
‘Their discussion(s) on the topic are irrelevant. Joe Biden and his proxies have already clearly stated that he’s running in 2024,’ the group stated in response to the NBC interview.
‘He is now required by law to file – his failure to do so is why we have filed an FEC complaint against him.’
First Lady Dr. Jill Biden said she and her husband have not had time to discuss another White House race
At another point during the interview she called for teachers and parents to ‘work together in their school districts’ to ‘decide what they want in their curriculum.
The subject of public school educations has become a culture war lightening rod ever since the COVID-19 pandemic upended the way students, parents and teachers approach learning.
‘All books should be in the library. This is America, we don’t ban books,’ the first lady said.
The president bluntly expressed confidence in the prospect of another head-to-head against rival Donald Trump in a December 2021 interview.
‘Why would I not run against Donald Trump as the nominee?’ he told ABC World News Tonight. ‘That would increase the prospect of running.’
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters more recently from her podium that the president intends to run again.
But not all Democrats appear to be on board, though overt signs of mutiny are normally rare this early in a president’s first term.
Many cite his age as a concerning factor – Biden would be 81 years old on Election Day 2024.
Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, who is running for Senate against Trump-backed Republican JD Vance, said a new generation of leaders was needed when asked last week about Biden’s 2024 prospects.
‘My hunch is that we need new leadership across the board,’ Ryan told local network WFMJ. ‘Democrats, Republicans, I think it’s time for a generational move.’
‘The environment politically across the country is poisonous, and people I think want some change.’
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden walk with British ambassador Karen Pierce, right, and her husband Charles Roxburgh, permanent secretary of HM Treasury of United Kingdom, at the British Embassy in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022
Some recent forecasts show Democrats favored to maintain control of the Senate, after a series of wins in Congress. But not all candidates welcome Biden’s campaigning support.
Wisconsin Democratic Senate hopeful Mandela Barnes, the state’s current lieutenant governor, opted not to appear alongside Biden during a Labor Day speech last week. His campaign told DailyMail.com at the time that Barnes was engaged in other activities celebrating American workers throughout the state.
In Pennsylvania, progressive Senate candidate and lieutenant governor John Fetterman spoke with Biden on Labor Day but did not join him at an earlier Key Stone State event.
State Attorney General Josh Shapiro, a Democrat running for governor, appeared with Biden in Wilkes-Barre but did not on Labor Day.
But Biden is still backed by his own vice president, Kamala Harris, who said on Sunday that she would ‘proudly’ run with him in 2024.
‘Listen, the president has been very clear that he intends to run again,’ Harris said. ‘And if he does, I will be running with him proudly.’