Biden Not Sure He’d Run If Trump Wasn’t Running
President Joe Biden is claiming that former President Donald Trump is the main reason he is seeking reelection in 2024. Speaking to donors in Massachusetts on Tuesday, the president shared that he would likely not be running for a second term if Trump was not making a bid to regain the White House.
In his words, “If Trump wasn’t running, I’m not sure I’d be running.”
Joe Biden says he’s not sure he would be running for President again if Trump wasn’t running:
“If Trump wasn’t running, I’m not sure I’d be running” pic.twitter.com/itHqk0JAnz
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Biden went further to state that Democrats cannot let Trump’s 2024 agenda, which includes streamlining regulations to achieve energy independence and reducing the influence of government agencies, stand. According to Biden, the former president’s agenda is dangerous and Democrats “cannot let him win.”
“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,” he stated.
While Biden believes he is the best man to stop Trump from securing the White House come 2024, many Democrats do not share his sentiments, as there have been calls for the Democratic Party to put out another candidate other than the aging president in case Trump secures the Republican Party’s presidential ticket.
“If he continues to run, he will be the nominee of the Democratic Party. What he needs to decide is whether that is wise, whether it’s in HIS best interest or the country’s,” said former White House official David Axelrod, who has suggested that Biden drop out of the race.
“I think he has a 50-50 shot here, but no better than that, maybe a little worse. He thinks he can cheat nature here and it’s really risky. They’ve got a real problem if they’re counting on Trump to win it for them. I remember Hillary doing that, too,” he said, speaking to the New York Times.
“President Biden has served our country well. I’m confident he’ll do so for the next year. But it’s time for an act of personal sacrifice and public spirit. It’s time to pass the torch to the next generation,” Bill Kristol stated.
Biden is paying no heed to the advice so far and has called Axelrod a “prick” following the political strategist’s suggestion that he reconsider his bid for reelection.
However, poll results show the calls for him to back off the race have some truth to them, as a YouGov polling has Trump getting more support than Biden in a hypothetical head-to-head matchup. A CNN/SSRS poll from November also shows the former president holding a four-point edge over Biden nationally in a head-to-head matchup.