McEnany says Biden will need to step up his campaigning if he runs again in 2024: ‘America has woken up’

Even before he was sworn in as president, Joe Biden faced speculation over whether he’d mount another bid for the White House in 2024.

Biden, for his part, recently asserted that he would indeed run for president again, if his health remains good. The remark only provided more fuel for conservatives like former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who insisted last week that Biden will need to show he’s even more ready for the job if he wants to win over voters next cycle.

According to Newsmax, McEnany pointed to Biden’s comment about his health and chided the president over his tendency during the 2020 campaign season to hide “in the basement.”

”Lucky for Joe — or unlucky for Joe — he won’t be able to remain in the basement [in 2024],” McEnany told Fox News on Thursday, according to Newsmax.

“America has woken up”

Biden’s original comments came during a recent interview with David Muir of ABC News. There, the president was asked directly about his plans for 2024.

“Yes,” Biden said, indicating his intention to run. “But look, I’m a great respecter of fate,” he added. “Fate has intervened in my life many many times. If I’m in the health I’m in now — if I’m in good health — then, in fact, I would run again.”

As for what he would do if his predecessor, former President Donald Trump, was running again, Biden smiled broadly and joked that it would “increase the prospect of running” for another term in office.

But if he wants to win again, he’ll need to change up his campaign strategy, says McEnany. “I mean, America has woken up to what it’s like when you elect a president who hid from the American people, didn’t share his secret COVID plan,” she said Thursday on The Five, according to Newsmax.

“Caveated his answer”

Later in her appearance on Fox, McEnany noted that Biden’s latest comments marked “the first time he’s kind of caveated his answer — will he run again.”

“This time he had that nuance of his health,” she said, as Newsmax reported. “And what’s fascinating is the members of his own administration refuse to shut down talk of him not running.”

That includes Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, who, according to Newsmax, demurred when asked about plans to run in 2024. “No, my boss is Joe Biden, I work for Joe Biden,” the Democrat said. “I fully expect President Joe Biden to run and be re-elected.”

McEnany also noted that Vice President Kamala Harris has been coy about 2024, instead of expressing full support for Biden. Had such talk been occurring among members of Trump’s cabinet, she contended, “they’d be called to the Oval Office real quick.”

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