Sources say that Joe Biden is very close to making a final decision to enter the 2024 presidential race, and he might announce it as early as Tuesday. In fact, his team is reportedly already working on a video to launch his campaign they hope to release on Tuesday.
Biden’s closest advisors, Anita Dunn and Jen O’Malley Dillon, have been actively involved in the preparations for his reelection bid. Since last year, they have been holding regular meetings with the President and First Lady in the White House residence. They have been overseeing the recruitment process for key staff positions and have been actively engaged in fundraising efforts, with the Democratic National Committee funding research projects to study the election landscape.
According to a report by The New York Times on Monday, the Biden team was in talks about a low-key video announcement on Tuesday next week, which also marks the fourth anniversary of his entry into the 2020 race. The President has frequently cited a favorite poem of his that centers around the idea of making “history and hope rhyme.”
There has never been a presidential rematch between the same two candidates in American history. If Donald Trump and Joe Biden were to run against each other in the 2024 presidential election, it would be the first time in U.S. history that the same two candidates faced off in consecutive presidential elections.
While there have been instances where candidates have faced each other in multiple presidential elections, such as Thomas Jefferson and John Adams in the early 19th century or William Jennings Bryan and William McKinley in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, there has never been a direct rematch between the same two candidates in consecutive elections.
Historically, presidential campaigns are often focused on highlighting the achievements of the incumbent administration and demonstrating why the incumbent is the best candidate to continue leading the country. Biden’s reelection campaign, if it were to happen, would likely try to follow a similar pattern.
The Washington Post reported:
The timing of Biden’s announcement has been the source of debate among the president’s inner circle. An earlier announcement would let the president begin raising money for what could be a tough campaign, while waiting longer would allow Biden to position himself as above the political fray as Republicans battle each other for the GOP nomination.
The planned announcement would move the country one step closer to what could be an extraordinary presidential campaign. Biden, 80, would be 86 at the end of a second term, considerably older than any other president in U.S. history. Meanwhile, Donald Trump, 76, the man he defeated in 2020, has announced his own bid to reclaim the Oval Office, signaling a return to a highly unorthodox presidency should be succeed.