Biden called out ‘scary’ long hiatus when asked if first lady supports 2024 run: ‘Getting worse’

President Joe Biden drew criticism from social media after responding with a long pause when asked in an interview whether first lady Jill Biden would support him running for office again in 2024.

“Is Dr. Biden for it?” MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart asked Biden about a 2024 run in a clip that aired Friday. Biden then paused and looked down at the floor, prompting Capehart to follow up with, “Mr. President?”

“Dr. Biden thinks so, my wife thinks so,” Biden said before pausing again. “That we’re doing something very important and I’m not going to walk away from that.”

The clip drew attention from critics on social media, including Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, who called the exchange “appalling.”

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“What a mess,” wrote Timcast News editor-in-chief Cassandra MacDonald.

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“I think there’s a short nap in there,” radio host Mark Davis tweeted.

“Joe Biden appears to be falling asleep during this interview,” tweeted Outkick founder Clay Travis. “He’s just getting worse.”

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“Looking forward to the fact checkers trying to explain this one,” tweeted Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich.

Before the 79-year-old president was asked about Dr. Biden’s stance on running for president again, the 79-year-old president said he “hasn’t made the formal decision” but “it is my intention to run again.”

Biden added that he has “time to make that decision.”

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Jill Biden speaks at Columbia Medical Center School

First Lady Dr. Jill Biden speaks at the Columbia Medical Center School of Nursing on September 21, 2022.

It was reported earlier this week that Jill Biden tore into top White House officials and demanded answers after the president’s most recent solo press conference in January, when he ignored a signal to end his comments and no one intervened.

The report drew strong criticism from Republicans, including Rep. Ronny Jackson, the former White House physician who accused the first lady and senior White House staff of “running a coverup operation to protect their own interest.” Jackson also took aim at the president’s cognitive state.

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A survey of 1,206 registered voters conducted by Fox News last week found that more than half (54%) would vote for someone other than President Biden in 2024, while a third (33%) would re-elect Biden.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital.

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