Aides close to President Biden are increasingly apprehensive about a potential electoral face-off with ex-President Donald Trump, with recent surveys revealing nearly identical support for both figures.
Sources from CNN stated on Thursday that these neck-and-neck polls are causing significant concern among Biden’s staff, prompting media discussions about Biden’s re-election bid.
While many see the former president as a divisive figure, there’s rising concern that any missteps from Biden’s campaign could pave the way for Trump’s return, whom they view as a unique challenge to the nation’s democratic fabric, as per CNN.
David Ignatius, in a recent Washington Post column, advised against Biden and Vice President Harris seeking re-election in 2024. Ignatius expressed, “While I respect their contributions, I believe a 2024 campaign with both might undermine Biden’s significant achievement of halting Trump’s tenure.”
CNN suggests that Biden’s team holds the media partly accountable for magnifying issues related to his age and controversies surrounding his son, Hunter Biden.
Interestingly, it was noted that several prominent Democratic benefactors have not yet financially backed Biden’s campaign. CNN quoted unnamed Biden aides expressing frustration over this lack of support.
Following House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s initiation of a formal impeachment inquiry into President Biden, the White House urged media outlets to increase their examination of House Republicans. Ian Sams, the White House Counsel spokesperson, emphasized the need for a closer look at the GOP’s actions.
McCarthy mentioned that the Republicans possess “significant evidence pointing to President Biden’s actions” that warrants the impeachment proceedings.
Recent survey data indicates concerns regarding Biden’s age and his fitness for a second term. An Associated Press-NORC poll from August showed that 77% of respondents felt Biden might be too aged to handle another term. This sentiment was shared by 89% of Republicans and a notable 69% of Democrats. If Biden completes a second term, he would be 86 years old.
If both Biden and Trump secure their party’s nomination once more, it would be the first presidential race repeat since 1956, when Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower squared off against Democrat Adlai Stevenson for the second time.