Close Biden ally discusses possibility of POTUS not running for re-election

A close friend and ally of President Joe Biden broached the subject of Biden’s plans for 2024, saying that if he does not run for re-election, Vice President Kamala Harris would be a top contender to replace him.

The remark came from former Connecticut Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd, who served with Biden in the upper chamber of Congress for nearly three decades.

Dodd was also a member of the Biden presidential campaign’s vice-presidential search committee.

“I’m hoping the president runs for re-election,” Dodd told The New York Times for an article published Thurday, “but for whatever reason that might not be the case, it’s hard to believe there would be a short list without Kamala’s name on it. She’s the vice president of the United States.”

As New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman noted on Twitter, the quote was “stunning.”

“Dodd quote in here is pretty stunning to hear. Usually this kind of thing isn’t said out loud,” she tweeted.

In March, during his first press conference as president, the 78-year-old Biden did say he planned to run for re-election.

“The answer is yes, my plan is to run for reelection,” he said, according to the Washington Examiner.

“That’s my expectation,” he added.

But according to a recent NPR/”PBS News”/Marist poll, it appears some Democratic voters would prefer that he pass the mantle to another Democrat.

“A glaring finding in the survey for Biden is that just 36% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents thought they would have a better chance in 2024 with Biden on the ballot as opposed to someone else (44%),” NPR reported Nov. 1.

Writing in The Hill, commentator Myra Adams said that if Biden decides not to run again, Harris could pose a “problem” for her party.

“[I]t appears the American people are just not that into Harris. She rubs many voters the wrong way — branded as an uninspiring leftist and weak leader — although she’s credited with a historical gender and race breakthrough,” Adams wrote.