Sources close to US President Joe Biden say he is refining plans to launch his 2024 re-election campaign.
r Biden was under pressure to announce his candidacy after November’s congressional campaign to quell speculation about the Democrat’s plans ahead of the 2024 campaign, sources said.
Mr Biden, who will turn 80 shortly after November’s midterm elections, is increasingly facing questions about his own political future, despite long claiming he intends to run for re-election.
Already the oldest person in the Oval Office, Mr. Biden defeated Ronald Reagan, who ended two terms in office at 77.
Whether he, or anyone else, could endure the rigors of a US presidential campaign and run the world’s largest economy in his 80s is a matter of growing debate. His leading potential Republican opponent, Donald Trump, would also be in his 80s by the end of a term in 2024.
An early move to announce before a Republican opponent would start a nearly two-year steeplechase to the 2024 presidential election.
People involved in planning the president’s campaign had previously told Reuters that an early announcement would be a wise move for Mr Biden and would send a signal to political donors, potential rivals inside and outside the party, and the general public that Biden is not a lame duck and that Democrats are united behind his agenda, personality and leadership.
“The Republican presidential campaign begins after the midterms, and the president needs to make the announcement at the same time to assuage concerns within the party,” said a senior Democratic official.
The move would also outfit a much better-funded campaign operation aimed at selling Mr. Biden’s agenda to the country than the White House could muster on its own as its efforts to sell its legislative gains over two years wilt under blistering inflation are.
Mr. Biden has meetings with his political advisers, a source familiar with the president’s mindset said, and at those meetings he consistently emphasizes that attention needs to be focused now on the mid-term and not the timing of a presidential campaign.
“There is no planned date or timeframe. As the President has said, he fully expects to stand for re-election,” the source said.
The White House and the Democratic National Committee declined to comment.
Republicans will be eager to use Mr. Biden’s campaign to launch a volley of attacks that they expect have already won them control of at least the House of Representatives, a perch from which they have won major legislative victories can stop for Mr. Biden.
But that party’s own prospects are being dubiously asked whether they will remain tied to Mr Trump despite his loss to Mr Biden in 2020, investigations into his actions in office, an investigation into his later stash of documents and the emergence of a list of potential rivals the republican.
The White House is feeling newly emboldened about Democrats’ midterm chances and Mr. Biden’s in the 2024 race after a series of seismic shifts, including the Supreme Court overturning the Roe v Wade abortion-right decision and the expected signing of the Inflation Reduction Act, a $430 billion bill focused on reducing healthcare costs, promoting clean energy and raising corporate taxes.
According to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll on Tuesday, public support for Mr Biden rose this week to its highest level since early June following this and other victories in the legislation.
Mr. Biden snuggled up to his family, whom he relies on for political advice, while on vacation in South Carolina. After a vacation, the President is expected to visit a number of states that will be crucial to his own re-election on behalf of candidates for the House and Senate.
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