As the “will he, won’t he” heats up on Capitol Hill, no one seems to have the answer about whether President Joe Biden will throw his proverbial hat in the ring for a second term.
However, according to the report by The Hill, allies close to the president do believe he wants a second term in the Oval Office and that he will again run for president in the 2024 election cycle.
The publication reported that the 79-year-old Democrat’s “closest allies” say he wants a second term and that he has not yet been able to silence whispers about his age.
At the time of the election in November of 2024 the president who already held the record for the oldest president to be sworn into office, will already be 81-years-of-age.
However, rumors on Capitol Hill say that Biden has already told former President Barack Obama that he wants to run again.
In addition to the concern about his age, the president’s ever-spiraling approval ratings have caused concern amongst Democrats.
Democrats are potentially facing a frustrating midterm election season with negative results expected in multiple areas of government, which could change the president’s decision:
“If he’s weakened, the sharks will be circling the tank,” said one Democratic strategist who asked to speak candidly on the background.
According to The Hill, there are few people in politics who doubt the president’s desire to be in office for two terms, but some Democrats fear he will run regardless of the political climate.
“I fully expect for him to run again,” said Democratic strategist Jim Manley, who served as an adviser to the late Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). “But I wouldn’t be surprised if there aren’t a bunch of Democrats and their staffers watching very carefully as the weeks and months go by.”
If Biden is for some reason not inclined to take a second stab at the White House his vice president, Kamala Harris, would be the most likely to take his place in the Democratic spotlight.
“I’m not so sure whether any Dems will defer to the VP if President Biden decides not to run,” said Manley. “If he decides not to run, I don’t think she has a lock on it.”