President Joe Biden said he still plans to run for re-election – and he’ll likely make an official phone call early next year – after Democrats averted a worst-case scenario defeat in the election. midterm on Tuesday.
“Our intention is to run for re-election, that’s our intention, regardless of the outcome of this election,” Biden told reporters Wednesday at the White House.
Biden has so far avoided officially launching his 2024 campaign, saying he plans to run for office but the final decision will depend on his health and discussions with his family.
“I guess we won’t make that judgment until early next year,” he said on Wednesday.
The president’s upcoming 80th birthday has raised questions about whether he should pursue a second term.
Biden also said he was against officially announcing his candidacy because he wanted to avoid violating election rules. Claiming to be a candidate may have hindered the ability of Democratic candidates to raise cash before the midterm elections, and then from similar donors for an election campaign. re-elected.
In the weeks leading up to Tuesday’s vote, Biden hinted more strongly that he was planning to run for re-election. In a radio interview with Willie Moore Jr. Earlier this week, Biden said he feels 30 years younger than his actual age.
“There’s a lot we can do and we’re just getting started,” Biden said.
Last month, Biden told MSNBC that he plans to run for a second term and has the backing of first lady Jill Biden. On Wednesday, he once again cited family as important in his decision.
“My intention is that I am running again. But I am a person who respects fate, and this is ultimately the family’s decision. I think everyone wants me to run, but we will have discussions about it,” he said.
Trump’s 2024 Teaser
Biden’s 2020 rival – former President Donald Trump – appears to be preparing an announcement of his own. During a rally before Election Day, Trump said he plan to do a “huge announcement” on November 15 from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
Last week, Trump told supporters to “get ready” because he was “very, very likely” to run for re-election.
Biden has described Trump’s continued influence in American politics as extreme and framed much of his midterm campaign around depicting Republicans in the former president’s fight as a threat to democracy. Speaking at a Democratic fundraising event earlier this year, Biden likened Trump’s political philosophy to “semi-fascism.”
Polls show that Americans are not excited about the possibility of a rematch. Only 27% of Americans say they want Biden to run for re-election and only 28% say the same to Trump, according to a YouGov poll released earlier this month. Biden will lead the poll by six points in a head-to-head contest, according to a separate YouGov survey conducted late last month.
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