Joe Biden claims that he has every intention of running for president again in 2024, so why do so many prominent democrats keep showing up in New Hampshire?
For example, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota early next month will become the latest alum of the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination race to return to New Hampshire, the state that for a century has held the first primary in the country in the race for the White House.
While Klobuchar’s mission is all about 2022, her trip does spark a touch of 2024 buzz as speculation persists that 79-year-old President Biden may not seek reelection for a second term even though he’s repeatedly said he’ll run again.
Klobuchar, who had a solid third-place finish in the 2020 New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary – just a few points behind Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and now Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg – will headline a state party dinner and fundraiser there on March 5.
“The path to holding and expanding the Democratic majority in Congress runs through New Hampshire. I am thrilled to be back in the Granite State,” Klobuchar said in a statement announcing her return to the crucial battleground state where the GOP aims to flip a Senate and a House seat in November’s midterm elections.
Klobuchar returned to New Hampshire in the fall of 2020 to campaign on behalf of Biden and down-ballot Democrats and made another trip to the Granite State last year to attend a wedding. Ahead of her upcoming trip, the senator noted that “I’m also looking forward to seeing some old friends and joining so many others in celebrating the hard work and leadership of Senator Martha Fuller Clark.”
The dinner in the coastal city of Portsmouth is in honor of Fuller Clark, a former longtime state senator, a New Hampshire Democratic Party vice-chair for a decade and a half, and a delegate to every Democratic National Convention since 1996.
Klobuchar is far from the only 2020 Democratic presidential contender to return to New Hampshire. Vice President Kamala Harris, who ended her struggling White House campaign two months before the start of the primary and caucus calendar, traveled to the Granite State last April to highlight the Biden administration’s investments in broadband.
Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, who suspended his presidential campaign a month after Harris, came back to New Hampshire in December to headline a major state party fundraising dinner.
Buttigieg also made a stop in the state in December to showcase the benefits of the recently passed $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure measure, which was a top domestic achievement of the Biden administration.
There has been plenty of chatter and speculation over whether the president will run for reelection in 2024. Biden made history in 2020 when he became the oldest person ever elected president. If he campaigns for reelection in 2024 and wins, Biden would be 82 at his second inaugural and 86 at the end of his second term.
Asked last March at the first formal news conference of his presidency about his 2024 plans, Biden said, “My answer is yes. I plan on running for reelection. That’s my expectation.”
He said in an interview with ABC News in December that “if I’m in the health I’m in now if I’m in good health, then, in fact, I would run again.”
Someone had better tell this to the alums of the 2020 election, who clearly have not gotten the message, or they did, and yet they are hedging their bets.
“Some people are preparing for the potential of Biden not running again, even though it’s highly likely that he does, and they want to make sure that they have their ducks in a row,” a longtime Democratic strategist, who asked to remain anonymous to speak more freely, told Fox News.
The operative, a veteran of numerous presidential campaigns, suggested, “I think it’s a clear signal that there are major problems in the Harris orbit if people are already looking at making trips, and some, in fact, are already are taking trips, to the Granite State.”