Sources close to the matter say that President Joe Biden is calling on top Democratic donors to rally behind him as he prepares to launch his 2024 re-election bid, according to Newsmax. The Democratic National Convention (DNC) event is intended to galvanize Biden’s donor base before any fundraising begins.
While Biden has reiterated his intention to run again, aides close to the president alleged that he is not particularly stressing about giving a formal announcement because he does not have any notable challenge coming from members of his party. Biden has recently been focusing on legislation targeting climate change, infrastructure, and investments in technology.
Democrats have voiced their reluctance to endorse Biden for 2024, citing health concerns. But Biden is leading former President Donald Trump in the polls as Trump is likely to clinch the Republican nomination. Biden enjoys a nearly 10-point lead against Trump in approval rating, from 34% to 25%. The survey was conducted after Trump was indicted by Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg over alleged hush money payments made to Stormy Daniels to cover up an affair.
An ABC/Ipsos poll reportedly shows that 48% of Americans believe that Trump should suspend his campaign following the indictment. While Trump remains the strongest candidate among Republicans, leading Florida Governor Ron DeSantis by double digits in straw polls, he is also lagging behind Biden in key battleground states.
In Pennsylvania, DeSantis has a three-point lead against Biden (45% to 42%) whereas Biden holds a four-point lead over Trump (46% to 42%). In Arizona, DeSantis holds a six-point lead over Biden (48% to 42%), but Biden leads Trump by one point (45% to 44%). In North Carolina, DeSantis leads Biden 44% to 41%, whereas Biden leads Trump 45% to 43%.
DeSantis is expected to formally announce his bid for the White House after Florida’s May legislative session.