Following a recent report that President Biden and his staff are attempting to allay concerns about his future political prospects and a significant dip in his approval rating, the White House confirmed on Monday that the commander in chief intends to run for reelection in 2024.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed Biden’s intentions aboard Air Force One traveling to a Thanksgiving event with US troops in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
It comes in light of WaPo’s weekend report that Biden had been engaged in talks about the upcoming presidential election cycle with members of his inner circle and that officials have been actively working to reassure and to ease allies’ concerns of Republicans returning to power.
Those concerns are considerably high since Democrats were rattled by the narrow Democratic victory in New Jersey and by Republican victories in Virginia’s gubernatorial election earlier this month.
Many Democrats’ allies were also concerned if Biden (79) could commit to another presidential campaign given his age. If re-elected, he’d be 82 years old at the start of his second term and the oldest serving commander-in-chief.
Biden recently underwent a health check and remains “fit for duty,” as an official report indicated later.
But, health isn’t the only concern regarding Biden’s intended reelection considering the results of a recent Quinnipiac University national poll that showed Biden’s job approval rating at the lowest level in his presidency so far and the latest low in a months-long decline – at 36%.
That suggests that he may face an uphill battle among voters amid growing dissatisfaction with the current economic state and rising prices ahead of the holiday season.
What also remains unclear is to who Biden might contend against in the 2024 cycle and if he’ll approve automatic endorsement to his outgoing choice for vice president, Kamala Harris, if she decides to run for political office in either 2024 or 2028, providing he decides not to run.
Yet, it is worth noting that, as a recent USA Today/Suffolk University poll found, Harris only has a 28% job approval rating.
And Democrats were pummeled in the November elections, adding to concerns about Democrats’ chances in the 2022 midterm elections and Biden’s vision of the future for the party.