US President Joe Biden “all in” and preparing to start the 2024 campaign
Joe Biden, 80, has reportedly said he is “all in” for a second White House run, with an official statement expected in the coming weeks, the New York Post reported.
Biden, who previously served as vice president under Barack Obama, took office after defeating incumbent Republican President Donald Trump in the 2020 election.
At his inauguration, the 80-year-old politician became the oldest president in American history and would be 86 at the end of his second term if he won.
He and senior officials are preparing to make the release announcement in February — around the time of the State of the Union address before Congress, multiple sources told The Hill.
US President Joe Biden has reportedly said he is “all in” for a second run at the White House, with an official statement expected in the coming weeks
Biden, who previously served as vice president under Barack Obama, took office after defeating incumbent Republican President Donald Trump in the 2020 election
“I think it’s all about timing at this point,” a Biden ally told The Hill on Saturday.
“It seems like he’s in full swing. It’s not really that he’s running anymore.”
The President and his family are said to have decided on his re-election bid during their Christmas trip to St. Croix, where they stayed at the elegant tropical island home of wealthy business owners Bill and Connie Neville.
On Monday, the 80-year-old didn’t answer any questions from reporters as he boarded Air Force One after a mostly low-key week with First Lady Jill, 18-year-old granddaughter Natalie and 16-year-old grandson Hunter in the luxurious accommodations of three bedrooms and a private beach.
As he neared the plane’s steps, he stopped to speak with the Nevilles to mark the end of the trip, where rare public sightings included a round of golf with grandson Hunter, dinner at a local restaurant and a church service.
Biden’s return to Washington faces new challenges as Republicans take control of the House of Representatives.
Biden, who is expected to run for a second term after campaigning in 2020 (pictured), has hit his highest approval rating in more than a year at 43.3 percent in new polls
At his inauguration, Biden, 80, became the oldest president in American history and would be 86 at a second inauguration at the end of his possible second term
House Republicans have threatened a series of investigations, including into Biden’s son Hunter’s foreign dealings.
Thanks to better-than-expected midterm results for the Democrats, the GOP will have only a small majority in the House of Representatives while the Democrats retain control of the Senate, even flipping a former Republican seat in Pennsylvania.
Biden’s approval rating hit 43.3 percent Thursday, the highest in more than a year in new polls. It did not break 43 percent in 2022 and reached its low point of around 37 percent in July.
But experts say his current approval rating shouldn’t factor into his decision to run that far out again.
But the plans have been kept under wraps while they wait for House Republicans to end their fight for their new House Speaker, a Democratic lawmaker said.
Biden was seen speaking to Bill and Connie Neville, the Democratic donor couple at whose St. Croix mansion he kept a low profile with members of his family for seven days
The date of the State of the Union address is traditionally set by the House of Representatives – a task that will now fall to newly installed Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
McCarthy’s opening speech caused an uproar when he was finally sworn in as Speaker of the House after four days of chaos and a near-punch on the House floor.
‘That was easy, huh?’ McCarthy began his victory speech shortly after Republican Mike Rogers had to be stopped from attacking Rep. Matt Gaetz.
The US President will visit El Paso, Texas, this weekend “to address border enforcement operations and to meet with local officials who have been key partners in dealing with the historic number of migrants fleeing political repression and gang violence in Venezuela, Haiti, Nicaragua and Cuba are fleeing,” the official said.
Since becoming president, Republicans have hammered Biden over his handling of immigration and the ongoing southern border migrant crisis, making it a top campaign issue in last year’s midterm elections.
Despite this pressure, Biden has resisted calls to actually visit the border.
Biden had already planned to visit Mexico City on Monday and Tuesday to meet with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
The North American Leaders Summit will focus on climate change, migration, environment, economy and other issues, the White House said.
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