While Shunning A Definitive Declaration, Biden Intends To Seek Re-election In 2024

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While Biden backers have said he will seek re-election, he hasn’t said for sure, ostensibly to avoid breaking campaign finance reporting laws. Instead, after meeting with the president earlier this month, Sharpton told the people who work for his National Action Network.

In Summary

  • Biden and Sharpton met on the sidelines of a Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration in January 2019.
  • The Rev. Al Sharpton asserts that he was among the first to learn that the President would run for re-election.
  • Biden has not said publicly whether he will seek a second term; Lyndon B. Johnson was the last president not to run for re-election in 1968.
Reverend Al Sharpton at National Action Network’s Annual Martin Luther King Day Public Policy Forum at NAN House of Justice. [Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket/Getty Images]

Reports indicate President Biden Told Rev. Al Sharpton That He Intends To Seek Office Again In 2024.

President Joe Biden told Rev. Al Sharpton in a private conversation at the White House last month that he will seek a second term. Later that day, Sharpton told his National Action Network staff in Washington, DC.

“I’m going to do it again,” The president said when posing for a photograph with Sharpton in the Roosevelt Room, according to a Sharpton’s National Action Network representative who told the story of what Sharpton said. “I’m going.”

When he spoke with Sharpton at the end of a meeting with the leaders of some of the country’s most important civil rights organizations, he made it clear that he would run again.

US Vice President Kamala Harris at the Democratic National Committee Women’s Leadership Forum in Washington, DC, US, on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. [Leigh Vogel/Abaca/Bloomberg/Getty Images]

Black Vote, A Bastion For Biden!

In the Democratic primaries in 2020, Black voters were critical of Biden’s comeback. They assisted him in winning the crucial South Carolina race after he failed to win the first three races in Iowa, New Hampshire, & Nevada. Three days later, on Super Tuesday, Biden’s massive support among Black voters gave him an unbeatable lead among delegates.

The president told Sharpton of his plans to run for president in 2020 during a meeting at the White House on September 2. During a group discussion, Sharpton reminded Biden that they had met in January 2019 at an event commemorating the late Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.

At the time, Biden had not declared his candidacy for president. Instead, he was hoping for Sharpton’s support or, at the very least, a promise that he would remain neutral in a race that would include now-Vice President Kamala Harris & Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., both of whom are Black.

Then, Biden asked Sharpton for advice on running for president in 2020, but he didn’t say for sure. However, Sharpton told the White House group that their conversation almost four years ago led him to believe he was one of the first to know Biden would run.

Lyndon B Johnson (1908-1973), president of the United States, signing the Federal Budget at the White House in Washington, DC, 29th January 1968. [Pix/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images’

“I’m Doing It Again”

According to a National Action Network official, Sharpton told Biden during a photo shot in the Roosevelt Room, “I’m going to do it again.”

On September 2, Biden, 79, met with Sharpton and other civil rights leaders. In a meeting readout, the group stated that they all wanted to protect voting rights and end violence motivated by hatred.

Biden has not said definitively whether he will run for a second term and has avoided questions about it.

“Look, I said at the start that I wanted to run again. But it’s just an intension. But has it been decided that I will run again? “We’ll see,” Biden said last month on CBS News’ “60 Minutes.”

“It is far too early to make such a decision. I’m firm believer in fate. So what I’m doing is going to work. “I’ll do that,” he said. “Decide what to do as soon as possible after the next election cycle and before next year.”

Biden’s approval rating has risen recently, from 36.8% in late July to 42.1%. As a result, speculation about a different Democratic nominee has died down. Lyndon B. Johnson was the last president who did not run for re-election to a second term in 1968.

Biden has remained silent in public, even as his supporters quietly prepare for a re-election campaign.

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