President Biden has stated he will seek reelection in 2024. However, not all Democrats agree with him. Democrats are also not persuaded that if Biden chooses to opt out, his right-hand woman might be the obvious heir.
It won’t be easy for Kamala
Other Democrats have developed their individual national prominence while Vice President Kamala Harris comes to grips with a basket of apparently intractable challenges and obligations.
These things have pulled her away from the public spotlight. The vice president Zoomed into the infrastructure council meeting from Paris on Friday.
Meanwhile, Pete Buttigieg, the Transportation Secretary, is in charge of putting most of the popular nonpartisan infrastructure program into action. As per persons familiar with the conversations, Democrat Sen. Cory Booker helped the mayor of Manchester, New Hampshire throughout her previous reelection bid.
Booker is also keeping in contact with allies in the crucial primary state. Democrat Senator Amy Klobuchar is on a speaking tour and just advocated for Terry McAuliffe in Virginia. Outside of Massachusetts, Senator Elizabeth Warren sponsored left-wing and progressive politicians this year.
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Those four representatives either declined to comment or insisted the decisions had nothing to do with future election ambitions. However, the circumstances surrounding these actions added a layer of intrigue not seen before during a president’s first year in office.
Biden has shown an interest in running both publically and privately. Associates believe it will become even more likely if former President Trump chooses to oppose Biden in 2024, given Biden’s skepticism of other Democrats’ chances.
“Biden has informed folks he is considering and ‘will be ready,'” according to a source close to Biden’s 2024 intentions.
Will Biden run again?
However, there has also been continuous speculation in Democrats’ quarters that Biden may opt-out. In recent times, talk of succession has become more open, with even a longtime Biden supporter, retired Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd, commenting on Harris’ standing in a possible 2024 race.
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All of this contributes to the Democrat Party’s and Harris’ political insecurity, as they stay dependent on Biden’s performance and apprehensive about his fate.
“A lot of people are playing a game right now.” Nina Smith, who has campaigned for Buttigieg, as well as Stacey Abrams, added, “They’re playing the long game and seeing how things evolve.”
Though it’s still expected Biden will run for a second term, party operatives are bracing for the chance he won’t, citing Biden’s bleak midterm chances in 2022 and his age; he’ll be 86 by the end of any second term in office.
Biden also stated he wants to serve as a bridge to the next generations, fueling rumors he may withdraw from the race to make way for a young Democrat contender.
The vice president is likely to be the person who succeeds Biden. However, less than a year into Biden’s presidency, more than a dozen Democrat leaders, some of whom are linked to possible candidates, say Harris isn’t scaring any possible rivals.