Biden Announces Intention to Run for Re-election
During a meeting in the Roosevelt Room with Leaders from Legacy Black Civil Rights Organizations, Rev. Al Sharpton and President Biden leaned in to take a photo when Biden said he “would do it [run for president] again.”
According to NBC News, Biden previously met with Sharpton in early 2019 to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday. When they met, Biden asked for his advice and approval for his 2020 campaign.
Photo courtesy of National Action Network.
In an interview with CBS’s 60 Minutes that aired September 18 President Biden publicized his intentions.
“Look, my intention as I said to begin with is that I would run again,” Biden said “But it’s just an intention. But is it a firm decision that I run again? That remains to be seen.”
Biden turns 80 years old this year making him the oldest president. However the White House confirmed his re-election plans.
“The president has said this himself: He intends to run in 2024,” White House Press Secretary Jean-Pierre said in a press conference on Tuesday. “I will just reiterate what the president has said many times … is that the president intends to,” she said.
Due to the Hatch Act, which forbids executive branch employees from engaging in political activity, Jean Pierre could not provide details about the 2024 election.
A Marquette Law School poll shows that 72% of Americans are opposed to Biden running for a second term. Within the Democrat party, 52% are also opposed to re-election in 2024. Marquette found Biden’s overall approval rating to be 45%.
A poll conducted by EWTN news found that 58.4% of Catholics, the religion Biden self-identifies with, are opposed to a second term as well.
“The president has also lost ground with Hispanic Catholic voters as the 2022 mid-term elections approach,” EWTN reported.
Cedric Richmond, one of Biden’s key advisors, gave a statement to NBC about his aid in the campaign.
“He’s running and we’re building an infrastructure for him to run and win,” Richmond said, “Right now, it’s all an early investment in 2024 while we’re helping 2022.”