The countdown has begun on the quiet island of Nantucket off the coast of Massachusetts where the Biden family is vacationing. President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, have begun seriously analyzing the pros and cons of running for a second term in the White House. The decision will not be taken these days but since Thursday, the US media reported that the case is being analyzed every day in the family. Council members are pressing for candidacy. According to Bloomberg’s website, the final announcement is just a formality: It will be Biden 2024. The source of the news isn’t an afterthought: The Bidens are guests at a home belonging to Bloomberg co-founder David Rubinstein, a great friend of the presidential couple. He’s going to run – I don’t see who could do that,” says Michael LaRosa, a former advisor to the first lady. The first, and it is likely that he knows her mood, and he knows well how decisive Jill’s judgment was to run in 2019. The decision will be made this month, the one traditionally reserved for the family, which opened with the Thanksgiving party and will conclude with Christmas. This will be announced in January .
My intention – which the president said at the beginning of November – is to race again. But I respect fate. In the end, I think this will be a family decision.” The Peden family spends hours walking along the beach, going to local restaurants and doing some shopping. With them are their children Ashley and especially Hunter, the weak point of the matter, the person who will be a target for the House Republicans investigation over the next two years. This is an item the Bidens will assess with great interest: It can be very tiring to campaign with the scanty news about their son, from controversial consultations in Ukraine and China to the hypothesis of tax evasion. Biden wants to make it clear to the family that this time it will not be as sloppy as in 2020. A great deal of hoarding will be required.
Plus, there’s the age factor: Joe turned 80 on Sunday, a milestone that makes him the first 80-something president in American history. He would campaign at 82, and if re-elected, he’d resign at 86. “His age is a little worrying,” admits Wendy Beardsley, a Nantucket resident and democracy advocate. Polls show a slight improvement, but it remains low compared to the beginning of the mandate: approval rating, according to the average compiled by the FiveThirtyEight website, has increased from 53 percent on January 23, 2021, to 41.8 on November 23. The moment plays in favor of the candidacy: the result of the midterm elections strengthened his position. The lack of an alternative takes a toll: Newspapers offer names, but no one convinces them, from young talent Pete Buttigieg to Vice President Kamala Harris herself, from Senator Amy Klobuchar to Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Biden is ready to take the decisive step, always bearing in mind his wife’s opinion, the true balance of the matter.
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