According to remarks by White House press secretary Jen Psaki, President Joe Biden intends to run for president in 2024.
Psaki responded to reporters’ questions during the trip on Air Force One, on their way to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to participate in a Thanksgiving celebration, according to the Nov. 22 New York Post.
“He is, that’s his intention,” was Psaki’s brief response to a question about whether it was true that Biden was telling allies he would run for re-election in 2024.
This potential run raises concerns among Democrats, as noted by one of the aides who worked with Biden during the previous campaign.
“But if Biden’s approval rating stays where it is, if we have a rough midterm cycle, if he can’t deliver on his entire agenda—is he still considered the most electable candidate?” the adviser quoted by The Hill said.
Indeed, not only are Biden’s approval ratings very low, but several other aspects of his White House tenure have not been satisfactory to voters.
In this regard, the results of two polls conducted earlier this month indicate that only 38% of voters approve of Biden’s performance as president, and between 53% and 57% disapprove.
Also, advanced age is another factor to consider, given that Biden turned 79 over the weekend, making him the oldest president, and would be 82 by the time he assumes a second term.
In this context, author Steven Nelson lists other aspects that could prove adverse to Biden’s re-election.
There are “doubts about his physical condition amid crises including the highest inflation in 31 years, the highest rate of illegal immigration since the 1980s, the disorderly US exit from Afghanistan and a resurgence of COVID-19 cases,” Nelson writes.
In a recent medical exam, his physician, Dr. Kevin O’Connor, said spinal arthritis would make “the President’s gait appear[ing] to be perceptibly stiffer and less fluid” and that his coughing while speaking appears to be “increasing [in] frequency and severity.”
On the other hand, the intention to seek re-election precludes other, possibly eligible, Democrats from speaking out. As for the possible succession of the vice president, Kamala Harris, this also raises questions.
A recent poll by USA Today and Suffolk University revealed that Harris’ approval in office was 28%. Thus, eyes are turning to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg as another possible successor to Biden.
For his part, former President Donald Trump has been active in organizing his possible candidacy for 2024, although he has not confirmed it.
According to ProPublica data, at least 8,500 militant Trump followers have taken positions of power, with the help of former advisor Steve Bannon. Likewise, the recent electoral victories of his party are strong indicators in his favor.