In a new report, it has been revealed that it was not Joe Biden’s own decision to run for re-election in 2024. Instead, it was the heavy pressure from his own party that ultimately convinced him to run again.
The report, which was conducted by a conservative think tank, found that Biden was initially reluctant to run for re-election. He was concerned about his age, his declining health, and the fact that he was already the oldest president in American history.
However, Biden was eventually persuaded to run again by a number of factors. First, the Democratic Party was facing a number of challenges, including low approval ratings and a divided base. The party leaders believed that Biden was the best candidate to unite the party and defeat the Republican nominee in 2024.
Second, Biden was facing pressure from his own donors. Many of his wealthy donors were concerned about the future of the Democratic Party if Biden did not run for re-election. They believed that a Biden victory in 2024 would ensure that the Democrats maintained control of the White House and Congress.
Finally, and this may be the most important factor, Biden was facing pressure from his own wife. According to Politico:
In the months before Joe Biden formally announced he’d make a reelection bid, she had no such reservations.
Privately, the first lady encouraged her husband to run again while giving him the space he needed to process the decision in the way he traditionally does: with extensive deliberations, consideration of the burden it would place on his family, and a bit of classic Biden hemming and hawing. She was involved in all the high-level discussions around the decision, giving counsel when she felt it was necessary.
“She is usually in the room when senior campaign staff are presenting strategy to her husband. She will ask questions. But she never weighs in on the decision,” said a former senior Biden adviser.
Politico portrays Jill Biden in a heroic light while completely ignoring a much darker flipside. pic.twitter.com/dwSTqpJdkz
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