Jill Biden Says She’s ‘All In’ On Biden Reelection Campaign During Africa Visit
First Lady Jill Biden reaffirmed on Saturday in an interview that she would support her husband’s decision if he runs for reelection in 2024.
“I’m all for it, of course,” she told CNN, after indicating that she was convinced he was planning on being a two-term president.
While President Joe Biden has not officially launched his reelection campaign, he has said numerous times that that is his intention.
“Look, my intention as I said to begin with is that I would run again. But it’s just an intention,” the president said in an interview with CBS’s 60 Minutes last September.
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Jill Biden made her remarks on a visit to sub-Saharan Africa, where she was in Namibia and Kenya earlier this week.
“The purpose of her trip is to reaffirm the U.S. government’s investments in Africa, not just in their governments, but in their people and to continue her work to empower women and young people,” said one senior Biden administration official.
Not all Democrats are enthusiastic about the president running again, especially the more progressive factions of the party.
Biden has been “neither bold nor inspiring,” said progressive group RootAction in a statement last summer. “With so much at stake, making him the Democratic Party’s standard-bearer in 2024 would be a tragic mistake.”
Progressive Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) has agreed to support the president if he chooses to run for reelection.
“I think he is a much more progressive president than he was a United States senator,” said the former 2016 and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate in a February 19 interview on CBS’s Face the Nation.
Sanders has longtime been an opponent of more centrist Democrats like Biden, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and former president Barack Obama.
Biden led Democrats through a surprisingly strong 2022 midterm election, avoiding what many believed to be an inevitable red wave in both the House of Representatives and Senate. Democrats instead held on to the Senate and lost the House of Representatives by a substantially smaller margin than they originally believed they would, creating for chaos among the House Republican Caucus.
Biden has had many legislative successes, including the American Rescue Plan and a bipartisan infrastructure bill. His more ambitious Build Back Better proposal, however, pushed most strongly by progressives such as Sanders, failed to pass due to pushback from more corporate Democrats – a scaled-back version known as the Inflation Reduction Act.
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