Anyone who pays attention to Panem politics understands that no future contender for a political office will state their plans far in advance. This rule is especially important for presidential contenders, who don’t necessarily want their appeal to wane before the primary and general elections.
Here’s the answers of some possible contenders when asked about their future plans:
“Right now I’m focused on the well-being and prosperity of Panem and its citizens, not on elections that aren’t coming for four more years. That’s not to say that I won’t consider a third run, but it’s definitely not a thing I’m concerned with at the moment.” — President Katniss Everdeen (Liberty-D12) “Why discuss an election that will be staged four years from now? This question isn’t something I’m going to discuss now, but maybe later on when it comes time to make a decision. There’s no way to predict what will happen between now and then.” — Vice President Celine Oswald (Liberty-D13) “I’m not going to comment on this at the moment. The Interior is what I am concerned with as the Secretary of that department, and that is my priority.” — Secretary of the Interior Rick Canth (Labor-D7) “While I did state that I would run again after I lost in this previous election, the bipartisanship that has emerged between the three ruling parties- Liberty, Labor, and Civic- has caused me to push away my ambition for a while. As Secretary of Intelligence, I feel that my main priority isn’t to set myself up for a third run for the presidency but to cooperate with the Defense, Interior, and Homeland Security Departments to ensure the safety of Panem’s citizens. A simpler answer: I’ll think about it after the midterm elections, but it’s not my main thought.” — Former President and current Secretary of Intelligence Cecelia Paylor (Civic-D8)