Nearly a year after Joe Biden’s presidency, enthusiasm has reached such a nadir that former senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) has suggested that the aging politician may not seek re-election in 2024.
Talking to the New York Times on the Biden administration’s efforts to bolster the approval of Vice President Kamala Harris, Dodd, who has worked with Joe Biden in the Senate for 28 years and who served as a member of the Biden campaign’s vice president search committee, said the president “may not” seek re-election.
“I hope the president will run for re-election,” Dodd said. “But for whatever reason that may not be the case, it’s hard to believe there would be a short list without Kamala’s name on it. She is the vice president of the United States. “
Is Joe Biden – whose approval rating now stands at 37.8 percent according to a United States Today/ Suffolk University poll – don’t seek re-election in 2024, Democrats would have a tough fight choosing a candidate who could retain the White House, as Vice President Kamala Harris has an even lower approval rating at 27.8 percent.
“Approval rating by Vice President Kamala Harris is 28% – even worse than Biden’s,” United States TodaySusan Page and Rick Rouan wrote. “The survey shows that 51% disapprove of the work she does. One in five, 21%, are undecided. “
The poll also showed that if an election were held today, former President Trump would beat Biden easily.
“If the presidential election were today between Biden and Trump, 44% say they would vote for Trump, 40% for Biden, 11% for an unnamed third-party candidate. In last year’s election, Biden defeated Trump 54% -47%,” Page and Rouan wrote.
Despite doubts from former Senator Chris Dodd, President Biden, who will turn 79 this month, said he plans to run for re-election earlier this year.
“My plan is to run for re-election. That is my expectation,” Biden said in March.
“I said,‘ That’s my expectation, ’” he added. “I am a great respecter of fate. I could never have planned four-and-a-half, three-and-a-half years ago for sure. ”
However, in a review for The Hill, Myra Adams wrote that Biden’s promise to run for re-election may have been premature, lamenting that Biden must make a decision soon when he officially announces his decision to step out of the 2024 election.
“The sooner Biden announces his lame duck status, the more his power diminishes, reflecting the aura of a failed presidency,” Adams wrote. “More consistent is the national security outlook if enemies believe that ‘defeated’ Biden signals an opportune time for aggression.”
“The longer Biden delays his announcement, the more those seeking the nomination will be disabled. Nearly two years are needed for organizational accumulation to get the megamillions of dollars needed to make a successful presidential primary campaign,” Adams continued.