Former first lady Michelle Obama has already said several times she has no plans to run for office, but that is not stopping people from supporting Mrs. Obama’s nomination in 2024 if President Joe Biden decides not to run for a second term, a new poll shows.
Mrs. Obama came just second to Vice president Kamala Harris in a newly released poll, The Independent reports.
The women are leading a number of other likely candidates, including Sen. Bernie Sanders, Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, and senators the news outlet reported citing the Hill-HarrisX survey.
The poll found that Vice President Harris had the most support among the candidates, with 13 percent. She was closely followed by Ms. Obama, who had the backing of 10 percent of respondents in the survey.
Senators Elizabeth Warren, Andrew Yang, and Cory Booker were also among the candidates.
The support for Mrs. Obama’s nomination comes despite her saying on numerous occasions that she has no plans to run for office.
“I wouldn’t ask my children to do this again because when you run for higher office, it’s not just you. It’s your whole family,” she said back in 2017 when asked about a potential presidential run.
However, Biden – who is already the oldest person to be sworn in as president – is not ready to pass on the presidential mantle just yet, The Independent noted.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki shut down the speculation last week, telling reporters that Biden is not going anywhere and that he’s planning to run for a second term in office.