Democrats question whether Biden will actually run in 2024
A number of Democrats are privately questioning whether President Biden will run for reelection amid anemic approval ratings and rising worries about next year’s midterm elections.
Biden insists that he will seek another term, and some see him as the best bet to defeat former President Trump if he runs again and becomes the GOP nominee.
“Electability was the No. 1 issue in the last election — it was why Joe Biden won the primary. There’s going to be a contingent out there that believes that, ‘Oh, it’s Trump again this time around, we have to have Biden again,’ ” said one Democratic aide who worked on a presidential campaign in the last cycle.
“But if Biden’s approval rating stays where it is, if we have a rough midterm cycle, if he can’t deliver on his entire agenda — is he still considered the most electable candidate?” said the aide, who like a number of other Democrats who spoke to The Hill for this story did not want to speak on the record about the sensitive issue.
Biden ran in 2020 as a party statesman who argued he would bring back a sense of normalcy and stability to Washington after the tumultuous Trump years.