President Joe Biden cast doubt on his potential 2024 reelection bid Wednesday while speaking at the White House Tribal Nations Summit.
Biden just finished delivering his speech when an unknown person in the crowd shouted “four more years” at the president. The president waved the comment off and thanked the person.
“I don't know about that,” Biden said. “Thanks — thank you.”
Biden's remark on the next presidential election comes a little less than a month after he and the Democratic Party experienced better-than-expected results from the 2022 midterm elections, with the party keeping control of the Senate and winning multiple gubernatorial elections across the United States. Ahead of the midterm elections, the Republican Party was expected to achieve massive gains in both chambers of Congress, though the “red wave” ultimately failed to materialize.
At least 66% of voters in an early exit poll from early November stated they do not want Biden to run for reelection, with nearly half of respondents saying Biden’s policies were hurting the country. The president's age has also been a concern for many, as he just celebrated his 80th birthday on Nov. 20.
Democratic politicians have given differing answers on if they will support Biden's potential reelection, with some saying yes and others either giving indirect answers or believing someone else should take Biden's spot. California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), seen by many in the party to be a possible replacement for Biden, however, says he will not challenge the president for the candidacy and will support Biden if he runs in 2024.
Former President Donald Trump, who lost the 2020 election to Biden, is currently the only candidate to announce that he is running in the next presidential election. Other candidates seen by many to be strong contenders include Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
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