Thursday, 01 Dec 2022

Joe Biden indicates hell run in 2024, following Democrats midterms wins

Joe Biden indicates hell run in 2024, following Democrats midterms wins


Joe Biden indicates hell run in 2024, following Democrats midterms wins

To those who do not want to see the US president run for re-election, Joe Biden has a message: "Watch me."

A self-assured Biden, riding high from Democrats' history-defying showing in this year's midterm elections, said at a post-election press conference that he intends to seek another term, but that it was ultimately a "family decision".

"I think everybody wants me to run, but we're going to have discussions about it," Biden told reporters, indicating that he would sit down with his family over the holidays and announce his decision "early next year".

A full accounting of the election results will take several more days, or possibly weeks, to know as key states continue counting and a Senate race in Georgia heads to a runoff that could determine control of the chamber.

Though Republicans hold the edge in the district-by-district battle for the House, Biden and his party managed to avoid the "giant red wave" that many Democrats had braced for in a political environment shaped by widespread economic discontent and the president's low approval ratings. Control of the Senate also remains within reach for Democrats.

Despite the unexpectedly strong showing Biden, approaching his 80th birthday this month, could still face strong headwinds in 2024. Two-thirds of midterm voters said they would not like to see Biden seek re-election in 2024, according to exit polling conducted by Edison Research. That includes more than 40% of Democrats and 90% of Republicans, the poll showed.

But the surprising, mixed results on Tuesday may serve to bolster Biden's case for seeking re-election and perhaps even quell concerns among those in his party who hope the party elects another standard-bearer in 2024.

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