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Michelle Obama Shuts Down Renewed Rumors About Last-Minute Presidential Run

"She will not be running for president," Obama's office tells PEOPLE, noting that the former first lady continues to support President Biden's reelection bid

<p>Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty </p> Michelle Obama

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Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama isn't planning to run for president anytime soon.

Despite rumors suggesting the former first lady, 60, would be the perfect candidate to run for office, her team says otherwise, insisting she'll be backing Joe Biden's campaign ahead of the Nov. 5 election as she did in 2020.

“As former First Lady Michelle Obama has expressed several times over the years, she will not be running for president,” Crystal Carson, director of communications for her office, said in a statement to PEOPLE.

“Mrs. Obama supports President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ re-election campaign,” Carson added.

<p>Scott Olson/Getty</p> Michelle and Barack Obama.

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Michelle and Barack Obama.

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Despite supporting Biden and Harris' campaign, insiders said that Obama's engagement would be limited due to her other commitments and "reluctance to re-enter the political fray full time," NBC News reported.

“President and Michelle Obama were enormously helpful in the fight to beat Donald Trump and elect President Biden and Vice President Harris the first time and we are grateful to have their voice and their support in the fight for the fate of our democracy this November,” Biden campaign spokesperson Kevin Munoz added in a statement, according to the outlet.

In 2018, Mrs. Obama and some other famous friends including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tom Hanks and Janelle Monáe launched their voter registration nonprofit called When We All Vote.

Through extensive social media and digital outreach, the national organization aims to increase the number of eligible citizens who register to vote and then show up to the polls on election day.

A senior Biden adviser said there had been early conversations with Obama's team about the upcoming campaign and how her national nonpartisan organization could play a part in it, NBC News stated.

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<p>Samuel Corum/Getty Images</p> President Joe Biden.

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President Joe Biden.

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Obama, who was in the White House with husband Barack, 62, from 2009-2017, wrote about her anxiety regarding her significant other running for president in her book The Light We Carry.

She told BBC Breakfast while promoting the release that it was "absolutely worth taking that leap of faith" and supporting the politician in his run for office.

"I lived through the legacy of too many people, particularly African American people, my grandfathers included, whose lives were constricted by their fear of something different," she said in 2022.

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