By all indications, Joe Biden will seek a second term in office.
“He spent his entire adult lifetime running for president, and on the third try, he finally got there. Who would give it up under those conditions, who? Almost nobody,” veteran political analyst Larry Sabato told the Guardian earlier this month, in a comment that encapsulates much of the reason the 80-year-old is expected to run again, despite being the oldest president to serve.
But the announcement will likely be made under a cloud of scandal, though it’s to be seen how much voters will care. The classified documents discovery is being taken seriously in Washington, with the justice department appointing a special prosecutor to look into whether Biden did wrong. But beyond that, people in his administration say much of the furor is “‘DC elite’ making ‘DC noise,’” CNN reported yesterday, and the president still plans to announce his bid for a second term sometime after the 7 February State of the Union address.
Good morning, US politics blog readers. Today marks the halfway point of Joe Biden’s first term as president. Will he seek a second? He has yet to officially decide, but all signs continue to point to yes. Here’s the latest one: the White House is circulating a document, obtained by Politico, recounting all of what they say are his accomplishments over the past 24 months. But in recent days, Biden has found himself personally entangled in a growing scandal over classified documents from his time as vice-president that were found at his home and former residence. Considering the justice department is going after Donald Trump for doing something similar, albeit in much greater quantities and with much less transparency, the affair seems to present a threat to Biden’s presidency. Yesterday, Biden shrugged it off. “I think you’re going to find there’s nothing there. I have no regrets,” he replied, when a reporter asked about the documents. “There’s no there there.”
Here’s a look at what we can expect today:
The anti-abortion March of Life is holding its annual rally in Washington DC, the first since the supreme court overturned Roe v Wade. This year, the marchers will conclude not at the high court, but near the Capitol, in a sign of how campaign’s focus has shifted.
Biden welcomes a bipartisan groups of mayors to the White House at 2pm eastern time, before heading to Delaware for the weekend.
Senator Tim Kaine is expected to announce whether he will seek a third term today, according to Punchbowl News. A retirement by the Virginia Democrat would give Republicans another opportunity to flip a seat and take control of the chamber in the 2024 election.