In an unexpected revelation, President Biden hinted at a conditional run in the 2024 elections, depending largely on whether former President Trump is in the race.
During a recent fundraiser, President Biden suggested he might not seek a second term if Trump wasn't attempting to reclaim the presidency, sparking discussions on the future of US politics.
The fundraiser event took place near Boston, marking one of three events the President headlined in the area. These gatherings are aimed at raising finances for a probable reelection campaign in 2024. While there, Biden expressed his apprehensions about a potential second term, especially if Trump wasn't in the picture.
Biden further elaborated that the nation couldn't afford a Trump victory, indicating his belief in the potential dangers of a Trump presidency. His concern over the future of democracy under Trump was evident as he warned about the threat Trump poses to democratic institutions.
This theme of democracy in peril is not new for Biden; it has been a recurring motif ever since he launched his 2020 campaign. He reiterated Trump's relentless calls for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, underlining his concerns about the former President's intentions.
When pressed about his own plans for the next election cycle, Biden indicated he might not have joined the race if Trump had decided to stay clear. Despite this, he didn't completely rule out his participation in the event of Trump's absence, saying, "I expect so. But, look, he is running, and I just – I have to run."
Biden's comments come at a time when Trump remains the front-runner for the Republican nomination in 2024. The former President has been making headlines for his indictment over attempts to overturn the 2020 election results – a first for any current or former U.S. President.
Despite the controversy surrounding Trump, Biden sees himself as the best candidate to defeat him, thereby preventing a return to a Trump presidency. However, Biden's own standing among the public has been shaky, with fluctuating approval ratings raising questions about his potential candidacy.
Recent polls indicate a lack of enthusiasm from the public for a Biden vs. Trump rematch, with many Americans, including Democrats, expressing a preference for Biden not to run again in 2024.
Amidst these apprehensions, Biden remains resolute in his stance against what he perceives as a threat to democracy. He stated:
"If Trump wasn't running, I'm not sure I'd be running. But we cannot let him win for the sake of the country. Trump’s not even hiding the ball anymore. He’s telling us what he’s going to do. He’s making no bones about it."
It's important to note that if reelected, Biden, who would be 82 at the start of his second term, would become the oldest serving President in U.S. history. This fact, coupled with Biden's recent comments, adds another layer of complexity to the already intriguing 2024 U.S. Presidential race.