Amid growing concerns about his stamina and declining popularity, President Joe Biden has reportedly reassured Democratic allies that he plans to run for reelection in 2024.
Biden and his closest allies have decided to end rumors that he was considering being president by choice in recent weeks, according to a Washington Post report.
Of most concern to supporters of the president, according to more than two dozen Democratic strategists and officials contacted by the Post, are recent polls which have shown Biden’s standing with the public is shrinking rapidly, along with the president’s age. at 79 years old.
At a fundraiser earlier this month, Biden assured donors he would run for a second term, and Councilor Anita Dunn is said to have called up leaders and activists within the Democratic Party, garnering support from her boss.
“I hear this question asked every day” a Democratic strategist told the Post about the possibility of Biden running again. “No one has ever asked this question about Barack Obama. No one has ever asked this question about Donald Trump.
Biden went for a regular check-up at Walter Reed Medical Center over the weekend and it was reported that the president was “Healthy”, “vigorous”, and “active,” despite his age. He is currently the longest serving US president in history.
Rising inflation, supply chain issues and the continuing Covid-19 pandemic have all helped fuel Biden’s poll numbers, which have steadily declined since he took office in January. . An ABC / Washington Post poll earlier this month gave Biden an overall approval rating of 41%, with 53% more saying they disapprove of his performance.
A Quinnipiac University poll released this month showed similar results, with 38% of respondents approving of Biden’s performance and 53% disapproving. That’s a pretty big drop from an approval rating that had passed 60% when Biden was in the early stages of his presidency.
While the names of other Democrats have been offered as possible Biden replacements, such as Kamala Harris or his own administration’s Pete Buttigieg, his biggest potential competition in 2024 comes from his 2020 opponent Donald Trump, who has neither neither confirmed nor denied that he would. run, but strongly hinted that he will.
In an interview with Fox News this month, Trump reportedly only said his supporters would “very happy” with his decision, but he likely won’t make an announcement until the midterm election – the same time frame in which Biden’s allies predict he will announce.
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