Headline RoundupFebruary 27th, 2023

Biden Says He Intends to Run in 2024, Calls Age Questions 'Legitimate'

Summary from the AllSides News Team

In an interview with ABC News on Friday, President Joe Biden restated his intention to run for reelection in 2024, and said that concerns over his age are "totally legitimate."

Key Quotes: "My intention is - from - has been from the beginning to run," Biden said. "But there's too many other things we have to finish in the near term before I start a campaign." He added that "It’s legitimate for people to raise issues about my age. It’s totally legitimate to do that. And the only thing I can say is, 'Watch me.'" Last week, First Lady Jill Biden said her husband was "pretty much" ready to announce his reelection campaign, and said she was "all for it."

For Context: Biden has faced concerns over whether he's fit to serve another term. He will be 82 years old in 2024, and would be 86 at the end of a second term. It's not the first time he's said the concerns are legitimate. A recent physical exam deemed Biden fit to serve, but the results of his mental status were reportedly missing from the public evaluation. Republican Nikki Haley, who is running for president in 2024, has insisted that politicans over the age of 75 should take a mental competency test.

How the Media Covered It: Center- and right-rated sources focused more on Biden's comments about his age. 

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