According to a new report from The Hill, President Joe Biden has informed former President Barack Obama that he intends to run again in 2024, despite tanking poll numbers and questions about his cognitive decline.
“[Biden] wants to run and he’s clearly letting everyone know,” said one of the two sources familiar with the conversations between Obama and Biden.
The source also said that Biden, despite his faltering approval ratings, remains the most likely Democratic candidate to defeat Trump. This was a key part of Biden’s salesmanship to voters as he sought support for this 2020 bid — and a big reason primary voters rallied to him in South Carolina and “Super Tuesday” states where he sealed his status as the Democratic frontrunner.
“I believe he thinks he’s the only one who can beat Trump. I don’t think he thinks there’s anyone in the Democratic party who can beat Trump and that’s the biggest factor,” the source familiar with the Obama–Biden talks said.
President Biden and his fellow Democrats are expected to lose big during midterms —Biden’s Real Clear Politics approval average is just 41%. Joe Biden is 79 and was the oldest president to take office. He would be 82 at the start of his second term.