In a surprising statement at a fund-raising event in Massachusetts, US President Joe Biden suggested the possibility of not running for re-election in 2024 if his opponent, Donald Trump, will not enter the race. The 81-year-old Democratic president reiterated his belief that Trump represents “a threat to democracy” and said: “If Trump doesn’t run, I’m not sure I will. But we can’t let him win for good in the country”.
Although Biden has announced his intention to seek re-election to face Trump, these new statements have created speculation about the Democratic strategy in the event of a scenario without the presence of the former Republican president. “He’s running and I have to run,” Biden insisted when asked about the possibility of withdrawing his candidacy, although he later assured that, at the moment, he was not thinking about withdrawing.
Biden’s age, a factor that has been the subject of discussion, adds to uncertainty about his ability to manage a second term. Despite his initial claims of being a “bridge candidate,” he now sees himself as the most effective Democratic leader to take on Trump, who has continued to question the legitimacy of the election since his 2020 defeat. .The new polls question the possibility of Biden and his ability to defeat the magnate in an electoral contest.
In recent months, Trump has stepped up his harsh rhetoric and ramped up the narrative of election fraud, raising concerns in Washington and adding an element of tension to the already complicated American political scene. As the election season approaches, the uncertainty about the participation of the two candidates and the strategies they will use in the race for the presidency of the United States in 2024 continue to be central topics of discussion.