Aug 12 – U.S. President Joe Biden is expected to announce his re-election bid earlier than usual after November’s congressional race to quell speculation about the Democrats’ plans ahead of the 2024 campaign, multiple sources said.
Biden, who will turn 80 shortly after Nov. 8 in the midterms, faces growing questions about his political future despite long saying he intends to seek re-election.
Biden is already the oldest person to occupy the Oval Office, beating Ronald Reagan, who completed two terms at the age of 77.
Whether he or anyone could endure the rigors of a US presidential campaign and run the world’s largest economy in their eighties is increasingly debated. His leading potential Republican challenger, Donald Trump, would also be eighty years old at the end of his term in 2024.
An early move to announce ahead of a Republican challenger would begin a nearly two-year hurdle ride to the 2024 presidential election.
People involved in the president’s campaign planning told that an early announcement would be a smart move for Biden to send a signal to political donors, potential rivals inside and outside the party, and the general public that Biden is no lame duck and that Democrats are united behind his agenda, personality, and leadership.
“The Republican campaign for president begins after the midterms, and the president has to make a statement at the same time to satisfy concerns within the party,” said one top Democrat.
The move would also set up a massive and far better-financed campaign designed to sell Biden’s agenda to the country than the White House itself could muster, as their efforts to sell their legislative accomplishments in two years withered under hot inflation and bitter partisanship.
Biden is holding meetings with his political advisers, a source familiar with the president’s thinking said, and in those meetings, he keeps stressing that the focus now must be on the midterms, rather than the timing of any presidential campaign.
“There is no planned date or time frame. As the president has said before, he fully expects to run for re-election,” this source said.
The White House and the Democratic National Committee declined to comment.
Republicans will be eager to seize on the Biden campaign to launch a salvo of attacks they expect will already win them control of at least the House of Representatives, a perch from which to stop the Bidens from major legislative victories.
But the party’s own prospects are in doubt amid questions about whether it will remain aligned with Trump despite his 2020 loss to Biden, investigations into his actions in office, investigations into his withholding of documents afterward, and the emergence of a list of potential Republicans. rivals.
The White House is feeling newly buoyed about the Democrats’ midterm chances and Biden’s chances in the 2024 race after a series of seismic shifts, including the Supreme Court overturning the Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision and the expected signing of the anti-inflation bill. The $430 billion bill focused on reducing health care costs, promoting clean energy, and raising corporate taxes.
Biden’s public approval rating rose this week to its highest level since early June after that and other legislative victories, according to a poll completed on Tuesday. A two-day national poll showed that 40% of Americans approve of Biden’s job performance.
While vacationing on Kiawah Island in South Carolina, Biden huddled with his family, who he has long relied on as political advisers.
After the summer break, the president is expected to embark on the most intense personal selling of his agenda since the 2020 presidential campaign, including visiting a number of states that will be key to his own re-election bid on behalf of candidates. House and Senate.