President Joe Biden expressed his doubts about seeking a second term at a private fundraiser outside of Boston, Massachusetts, and he connected his decision to former President Donald Trump’s campaign for reelection. Biden said, “I’m not sure I’d be running if Trump wasn’t running,” according to a pool report. But for the good of the nation, we must allow him to triumph.”
Biden’s candid assessment of his reasons for running for reelection fits with his continuous narrative about the threats he sees in Trump’s policies for American democracy. “Trump is no longer even hiding the ball. He is announcing to us his plans. The president issued a warning, saying, “He’s not holding back on anything.
Reiterating worries from the beginning of his 2020 campaign, Biden keeps drawing attention to Trump’s assault on democratic values. He also brought up Trump’s recent efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, a major policy win from Biden’s time as Obama’s vice president, during the event.
The Boston gathering is a component of Biden’s larger fundraising endeavors in anticipation of a possibly expensive 2024 reelection campaign. His remarks imply that Trump’s decision-making process heavily weighs his involvement in the election.
After his remarks at a fundraiser were reported by the media, Biden was questioned about his plans for re-election when he arrived back at the White House, given that Trump was not running for office. “I expect so,” he replied. But see, I only have to run because he is running.” He made it clear that even if Trump dropped out of the race, he would not withdraw.
Entering his third consecutive presidential campaign, Trump continues to be a major player in the Republican Party. His legal troubles appear to have strengthened his appeal among Republican voters, providing him a significant advantage over other GOP contenders, even though he has been repeatedly indicted.
Having become the oldest president to be elected in 2020, Biden still sees himself as a key player in keeping Trump from taking office again. But he has obstacles to overcome, such as ageism and dwindling support from both the opposition and independents as well as from within his own party.
As the 2024 election approaches, polls show that Americans—Democrats included—have differing opinions about Biden’s possible second term, with many voters fearing a Biden-Trump rematch.