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Reports Suggest Joe Biden May Not Run Again in 2024

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A close confidante to Joe Biden suggested last week that he may not run for re-election in 2024, meaning Vice President Kamala Harris, who has a lower approval rating than he does, would likely be elevated in his stead in this hypothetical situation.

“I’m hoping the president runs for reelection,” Sen. Chris Dodd told The New York Times for a story that was published Friday. “But for whatever reason, that might not be the case, it’s hard to believe there would be a shortlist without Kamala’s name on it. She’s the vice president of the United States.”

The admission led New York Times columnist Maggie Haberman to declare in a tweet: “Dodd quote in here is pretty stunning to hear. Usually, this kind of thing isn’t said out loud.”

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Dodd’s comments come as both the president and vice president are facing a crisis of confidence among the American people; successive polls over the past two weeks show both of them underwater big time in terms of approval ratings just 10 months into their terms.

“A year before the 2022 midterm elections, Republicans hold a clear lead on the congressional ballot as President Joe Biden’s approval rating sinks to a new low of 38%,” USA Today reported Nov. 8, adding that Harris’ approval rating is worse: Just 28%.

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The USA Today/Suffolk University survey also found:

  • Nearly half of those surveyed, 46%, say Biden has done a worse job as president than they expected, including 16% of those who voted for him. Independents, by 7-1 (44%-6%), say he’s done worse, not better, than they expected.
  • Nearly two-thirds of Americans, 64%, say they don’t want Biden to run for a second term in 2024. That includes 28% of Democrats. Opposition to Trump running for another term in 2024 stands  at 58%, including 24% of Republicans.
  • Vice President Kamala Harris’ approval rating is 28% – even worse than Biden’s. The poll shows that 51% disapprove of the job she’s doing. One in 5, 21%, are undecided.
  • Americans overwhelmingly support the infrastructure bill Biden is about to sign, but they are split on the more expensive and further-reaching “Build Back Better” act being debated in Congress. Only 1 in 4 say the bill’s provisions would help them and their families. 

“If the election were today, those surveyed say, they would vote for their Republican congressional candidate over the Democratic one by 46%-38%, an advantage that would bode well for GOP hopes of gaining a majority in the House and the Senate,” the report noted.

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Meanwhile, a new ABC News/Washington Post poll released over the weekend found that Republicans are poised to make the biggest midterm election gains in four decades.

Fox News added:

If the midterm elections were held today, the majority of registered voters say they’d support the Republican congressional candidate over the Democratic candidate in their districts, giving Republicans the largest statistical edge in four decades… 

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The survey, which was taken after the Democrats passed their $1.2 trillion bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act earlier this month, shows 51% of registered voters saying they’d support the Republican candidate in their congressional district and only 41% saying they’d support the Democrat, spelling trouble for the party trying to secure its razor-thin majorities in Congress.

“That’s the biggest lead for Republicans in the 110 ABC/Post polls that have asked this question since November 1981,” ABC News reported Sunday.

Finally, a new report from CNN on Sunday revealed details of major dysfunction within Harris’ office — so much so that the Biden people are shunning her, in essence.

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“Many in the vice president’s circle fume that she’s not being adequately prepared or positioned, and instead is being sidelined,” CNN reported. “The vice president herself has told several confidants she feels constrained in what she’s able to do politically.”

In response, according to CNN, Biden allies in the administration have avoided dealing with the veep because they see “entrenched dysfunction and lack of focus” from her.

“Worn out by what they see as entrenched dysfunction and lack of focus, key West Wing aides have largely thrown up their hands at Vice President Kamala Harris and her staff — deciding there simply isn’t time to deal with them right now, especially at a moment when President Joe Biden faces quickly multiplying legislative and political concerns,” the network’s story notes.
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