The polls for the 2022 midterm elections are still open, but Democrats are already talking about whether or not President Joe Biden should aim for a second term in office.
With election forecasters predicting a Republican victory in the House, eyes are on the 2024 contest.
Even the contenders are talking about the next presidential election. Biden has indicated he will run again and Donald Trump is promising a “very big” announcement about his future on Nov. 15.
But Democrats are already looking at Biden alternatives, including their pick, as the president faces low approval ratings and questions about his age.
Second Mr. Doug Emhoff has told Democrats that the party must rally around his wife, Vie President Kamala Harris, if Biden does not join. Politics reported.
His plea comes as talk among Democrats about California government Gavin Newsom, the Michigan government Gretchen Whitmer and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg grows.
Second Mr. Doug Emhoff was on a small PDA when he introduced his wife, Vice President Kamala Harris, at a meeting in Los Angeles on Monday; he has told Democrats to rally around Harris if Biden doesn’t run for a second term
President Joe Biden has indicated he will seek a second term in office
Harris’s approval rating is at 40%, according to the FiveThirtyEight poll averageabout where Biden’s is.
The first female vice president had a difficult first year in office with high staff turnover and low returns on a range of high profile issues, including working on root causes of border migration and voting rights.
The last two years of Biden’s final term will be determined by what happens Tuesday night.
“If Biden can keep a Democratic Senate, then he’ll be in the catbird seat for reelection,” said Douglas Brinkley, a presidential historian at Rice University. The Washington Post. “If it’s a red wave now and the Republicans win Congress and the Senate, there will be a drumroll for Biden not to be the party candidate.”
If the Republicans occupy just one chamber of Congress — and are predicted to take the House — they could snag his presidency in investigations and legislative roadblocks going into the 2024 campaign.
Republicans are already looking to roll back parts of the Inflation Reduction Act, including the new, higher taxes on corporations and some of its climate initiatives, if they win on Tuesday.
However, they would also need control of the Senate. Biden also still has his presidential veto.
One area that Republicans can have autonomy is under investigations.
Republicans in the House are preparing to target the government on a number of issues: from the business dealings of Biden’s son, Hunter; to what Republicans call political interference by the FBI and the Department of Justice; to the origin of the COVID pandemic; and the situation on the southern border.
Jim Messina, who led Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, said a Republican Congress could actually help Biden win a second term.
“None of this is Joe Biden’s fault and has no material impact on his re-election,” he said. NBC News. ‘After the takeover, these guys will switch. They’re going to give the president opportunities to draw strong contrasts.”
Most presidents see their party lose seats in midterm elections.
Barack Obama called the 2010 midterm a “shellacking” after Republicans won 63 seats in the House in the first midterm election of his presidency.
Bill Clinton and George W. Bush also saw their parties lose seats.
All three men won a second term in the White House.
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Democrats are also chatting about Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
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But Biden is older than all of them. He will be 80 later this month.
However, he has brushed aside his concerns about this age.
In a radio interview on Monday, he downplayed his upcoming birthday and said he feels more like 50.
“There’s so much we can do, and we’re just getting started,” he said.