Joe Biden planned to announce his 2024 re-election campaign in January.
Now, the future of Biden’s political career is in doubt.
And it’s all because Biden just received one shocking ultimatum to cancel his re-election announcement from the last place he expected.
Joe Biden had been hinting at a second run for the White House throughout much of 2022.
Throughout the Fall and Winter of this year, Biden routinely teased that he was already laying the groundwork for another run for president, despite the fact that opinion polls clearly showed that the overwhelming majority of the American people heavily opposed the idea of Biden running again.
In fact, a majority of Democrats didn’t even want Joe Biden to seek a second term in office.
But Biden’s poor opinion polling did little to dissuade him from making moves to formally launch a second term campaign in early 2023.
As a result, it was considered all but inevitable that Biden would officially throw his hat into the ring and kick off a 2024 re-election bid at some point after the New Year holiday.
But now, those plans could be in major trouble.
And it’s all because Biden is receiving an ultimatum from within his own party to put off his 2024 announcement.
The Washington Examiner reports, “President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden have arrived in the U.S. Virgin Islands for their traditional weeklong beach break before a busy new year. But St. Croix doubles as the picturesque backdrop where Biden considers whether to run for reelection, even as Democrats encourage him to delay any announcement.”
The news that some within Biden’s own party are attempting to push off a presidential announcement comes at a time when Democrats still heavily oppose the thought of Biden running again.
With Biden’s own approval ratings stuck in the mud, it’s clear that he starts off as a weak incumbent in 2024, and he could easily lose the next election to someone like Ron DeSantis or Donald Trump.
“Most Americans think the presidential election starts way too early,” said Christopher Hahn, a Democrat attorney and former aid to Senator Chuck Schumer. “A decision by early March is completely appropriate and in line with most modern incumbents. Should he choose not to run, others have all the time they need to mount a campaign.”
The “it’s too early” argument to delay a Biden re-election announcement is also popping up around the same time that Kamala Harris is beginning to assemble her own team to potentially launch her own bid should Biden choose to “step aside.”
However, it’s not entirely clear if Biden is a willing participant in all of the behind the scenes debates that are occurring within the Democratic Party.
While many Democrats are saying they support Biden on paper, the combination of poor approval ratings and movements by top Democrats like Harris and others suggests that there is quietly pressure building to force Biden to drop out of the running in 2024.