On Monday, the White House confirmed that President Joe Biden intends to run for reelection in 2024. This effectively addresses recent questions on what the President’s plans are regarding his political prospects.
Paski Confirms That Biden Will Run For Reelection in 2024
Onboard Air Force One, reporters asked White House press secretary Jen Psaki if she can confirm the President’s plans in 2024.
Specifically, they asked if Biden planned to run again in 2024 and if he told his staff about it. Psaki said, “Yes, that’s his intention.”
The Washington Post reported that over the weekend, the President and members of his inner circle told allies that he plans to run again.
This is an attempt to address concerns about Biden’s capability and willingness to campaign again. Many showed concern about the President’s age and health.
Looming Republican Takeover in 2022 and 2024
Many Democrats also worry about an impending Republican takeover in 2022 during the midterm elections. However, the certainty that Biden can deliver victory for the Democratic Party remains unknown.
A recent Quinnipiac University poll reported that the President’s latest approval rating is at 36%, the lowest number in his first 10 months in office.
Analysts point to a decline in independent voter support as well as growing unhappiness over certain issues. Biden received less than 50% approvals on his handling of the economy, inflation, and Afghanistan, among others.
With the recent loss of crucial seats in both chambers of Congress, Democrats are holding on to a razor-thin majority in the House and a deadlock in the Senate.
Many experts believe that in the coming elections next year, angry voters will turn the tide in favor of the GOP. Democrats are now wondering if Biden’s vision for the party’s future is what they need for 2022 or 2024.
Biden Plans to Run for Reelection in 2024
The President remains consistent throughout the year. Last March, he told reporters that he does plan to run again in 2024.
He said “that is my expectation” even as he admitted he doesn’t typically make plans that far in advance.
However, the White House remains mum if Biden will endorse his vice president in case he decides not to run again.
Asked whether Harris could expect the President's automatic endorsement if she decides to run for political office in either 2024 or 2028, Psaki chose not to answer for Harris. “I don't have any predictions of whether she will run when she will run. I will leave that to her,” she said.
Some Allies Remain Unconvinced That Biden Will Run Again
Meanwhile, some allies still find it difficult to embrace Biden’s declaration wholesale. Even among his closest allies, there are various interpretations of his intentions.
One Democrat said that many remain skeptical that the President will want to seek reelection in 2024. “I hear this question gets asked every day,” said another Democrat campaign veteran. “No one ever asked that question about Barack Obama. No one ever asked that question about Donald Trump,” he observed.
Another top Biden donor, Florida trial lawyer John Morgan, said he’s unsure if Biden would seek reelection.
“What is his health going to be in the next three years? All you have to do is look at the mortality tables in America to understand what I’m saying,” he said.
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