Following a better-than-predicted showing for Democrats in Senate and House races, President Joe Biden gave his first hint of when he expects to announce his 2024 reelection bid.
On Wednesday (November 9) evening, during a post-midterm election press conference at the White House, Biden revealed he was hoping he and First Lady Jill Biden would “get a little time to actually sneak away,” saying he guesses the pair would decide on early next year.
Biden explained that his decision to announce his 2024 ambitions would not depend on former President Donald Trump’s announcement. Instead, Biden described himself as a “great respecter of fate,” explaining that while he has every intention to run, the announcement is “ultimately a family decision.”
Biden added that he isn’t in a hurry to announce “no matter what [Trump] does.”
The President’s calm demeanor and willingness to discuss potential dates when he’d announce a reelection bid is a victory lap of sorts.
Democrats did far better than expected on Election Day than many had predicted, even though they’re expected to lose the House, Republicans will only gain a slim majority.
In the Senate, Democrats have a fighting chance of retaining the majority, likely to be decided by a run-off election in Georgia.
During Wednesday’s press conference, Biden pointed to these too-close-to-call figures, saying Democrats outperformed while relaying that the results were a sigh of relief for some.
But Biden didn’t address any misgivings about his electability in 2024. Many — within the Democratic party — believe the President is too old and his approval rating is too low for him to mount a successful 2024 campaign.