Will Joe Biden Run Again? Jill Biden Says Yes
Author: Greg Valliere
December 9, 2022
FIRST LADY JILL BIDEN MADE THAT CLEAR last week at the state dinner for French President Emmanuel, reportedly telling Brigitte Macron that Biden will seek re-election. Someone privy to the conversation subsequently leaked the details to the New York Times.
WE THINK BIDEN HAS NOT MADE A FINAL DECISION because there are several reasons why he shouldn’t run —
* Biden’s agenda will be dead in the conservative House, which is planning several high-visibility hearings into issues such as Covid, illegal immigration at the Texas border, the U.S. departure from Afghanistan, and — of course — Hunter Biden’s arms deals.
* The Senate is virtually certain to flip to the Republicans in 2024. The GOP has no vulnerable seats while the Democrats have at least a half dozen shaky incumbents.
* And most importantly, there’s the age issue — if Biden won a second term, he theoretically would be leaving the White House at the age of 86. It’s a stressful job that takes a toll.
WE HAVE BEEN OUTSPOKEN THAT BIDEN will not seek a second term, largely because of widespread concerns we hear from members of both parties over what they perceive as Biden’s increasing frailty.
BUT BIDEN HAS HAD A GENERALLY SUCCESSFUL second year, winning passage of huge new stimulus, unifing NATO over Ukraine, and leading the Democrats to a solid election showing on Nov. 8. This reportedly has energized him.
BIDEN ALWAYS HAD A STUTTERING PROBLEM, and he was infamous for decades for his verbal gaffes, so he’s always been like this. Has his condition notably deteriorated? Perhaps not.
SO WHAT JILL BIDEN TOLD THE MACRONS probably was correct — the President wants a second term. It’s inconceivable to us that the country could have an 86-year-old president, especially without an obvious successor, but for now Joe Biden is the frontrunner for a second term.
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