Joe Biden attends a campaign event in Virginia, October 26, 2021 Biden's advisers are thinking about an early start to his next presidential campaign
The Democrats want to get ahead of the main potential rival of the incumbent – Donald Trump, who is expected to be able to officially claim the White House after the congressional elections
President Joe Biden may announce his candidacy for re-election earlier than usual after the November race for congressional seats to dispel rumors that Democrats plan to nominate another candidate ahead of the 2024 presidential campaign, multiple sources told Reuters.
Biden, who turns 80 shortly after the Nov. 8 midterm elections, is increasingly facing questions about his political future even as the president has long claimed he intends to seek re-election.
Biden is already the oldest president in US history. He overtook Ronald Reagan, who retired from the White House after two terms as president at the age of 77.
Whether he can weather the rigors of the upcoming presidential campaign and manage the world's largest economy at the age of eighty is a matter of debate. His main potential Republican opponent, Donald Trump, will turn 78 in 2024.
Now, Biden advisers are proposing to announce the future nomination in advance to get ahead of the Republican opponent.
People involved in planning Biden's first presidential campaign told Reuters that an early announcement would be a smart move that would send a signal to donors, potential rivals both inside and outside the party. It should also show the general public that Biden is not a “lame duck” (as the US calls an outgoing president) and that Democrats are happy with his agenda, personality, and leadership.
“The Republican presidential campaign begins after the midterms, and the president should make an announcement at that time to allay fears within the party,” said a senior Democratic Party official.
The move will also contribute to a massive and a much better funded campaign aimed at “selling” Biden's agenda to voters.
Biden is holding meetings with his political advisers, a source familiar with the president's schedule said, and in those meetings he continues to stress that the focus now should be on the midterms and not on the timing of presidential announcements.
“There is no scheduled date or time frame. As the president has said, he fully expects to run for another term,” the source added.
The White House and the Democratic National Committee declined to comment.
Republicans will look to find weaknesses in Biden's campaign to launch a series of attacks that they expect will allow the party to gain control of at least the House of Representatives, a linchpin from which they can thwart Biden's legislative agenda.
However, the GOP's own prospects are in doubt, with questions about whether Republicans will remain tied to Trump despite his 2020 defeat, investigations into his performance as president, and the emergence of a list of his potential party rivals.
The White House is now optimistic about the midterm Democratic prospects and Biden's chances in 2024 after a series of events including the Supreme Court's overturning of the Roe v. Wade abortion right ruling and the pending signing of the Inflation Reduction Act. The $430 billion bill aims to lower healthcare costs, promote clean energy and raise corporate taxes.
Biden's approval rating rose to its highest this week, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll completed Tuesday. levels since the beginning of June. 40% of Americans, according to the poll, approve of Biden's work.
After the summer break, the president is expected to begin the most intensive stage of promoting his agenda since the 2020 presidential campaign. He plans to visit states that will be critical for his re-election, as well as for Democratic candidates for the House of Representatives and Senate.