Talk of a primary challenge to President Biden has died down in recent weeks, according to the WaPo.
Earlier this year, some in the party despaired of the Democrats’ agenda in Congress.
Since then, Biden has had a string of legislative victories, from climate change to health care.
President Joe Biden’s improved political fortunes appear to be stifling talk of a 2024 intra-party primary challenge, according to the Washington Post.
In recent months, Biden has signed into law the Inflation Reduction Act, a $52 billion chip funding bill and bipartisan gun control legislation, breaking some of the infighting that has become increasingly common in the Senate in recent years.
Gas prices, which topped $5 a gallon earlier this summer, have averaged about $3.79 nationwide as of Sept. 4, per AAA.
And a recent Wall Street Journal poll put Biden’s approval rating at 45 percent, a welcome sign for the White House as the president’s numbers have languished in the high 30s and low 40s for nearly a year.
But reduced talk of a 2024 primary challenge — at least for now — allows the White House to focus on the midterms, as the president reportedly plans to launch his re-election bid after the contests.
Former President Donald Trump, who has been teased since leaving the White House, also plans to unveil his plans for 2024 in the coming months. And with Trump playing a critical role in the Republican campaign this fall, it will continue to provide a sharp contrast to the Biden White House.
Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna of California said months ago that the party needed to stay united and stop dividing over the details of congressional legislation and instead sell what Biden has signed into law.
Some Democrats, frustrated by what they saw as inaction on the president’s agenda, floated new potential standard-bearers, including governors. Gavin Newsom of California and JB Pritzker of Illinois, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts — in addition to Vice President Kamala Harris.
But Khanna, a progressive who enjoys a strong relationship with the Biden White House, had long dismissed such talk.
“When I was out there saying I support the president’s re-election six months ago, I was criticized, and now a lot of other people are saying that. They recognize that we need to stop the internal firing squad and start bragging about what we’ve become,” he told The Post. “Most people understand the stakes of 2024 and understand that weakening Joe Biden only strengthens Donald Trump.”
“This is not the time for political opportunism to try to do clever tricks and call your name. This is the time to rally around re-electing the president,” he added.
While there have been reports of some lingering concerns about Biden’s age, as he will turn 82 shortly after Election Day 2024, he remains committed to re-election.
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