2024 Election: Trump Opts Out, Biden's Strategy, and Future Outlook
In the 2024 election, Former President Donald Trump opted out of the initial Republican debate. Meanwhile, Democratic President Joe Biden's campaign was actively engaged in maintaining the spotlight on the former president. Just moments before the debate commenced with eight contenders challenging Trump, a Biden advertisement aired on the Fox News Channel, displaying a weary-looking Trump while Biden asserted, "There is no quit in America."
Although the landscape could undergo significant changes in the over 14 months leading up to the 2024 election, at present, a rematch between Biden and Trump seems to be the most plausible scenario. Trump, who is enjoying a strong lead in the race for the Republican nomination, participated in a pre-recorded interview with Tucker Carlson, the former Fox News commentator, on X—formerly known as Twitter.
The name "Trump" only entered the discussion nearly an hour into the Fox News debate, when the moderators posed a question to the candidates about their continued support for Trump, who is facing multiple indictments, in case he were to be convicted. Despite Biden refraining from frequently mentioning Trump in recent times, his campaign openly ridiculed what they labeled a "softball interview" involving Trump, before it was broadcasted. The campaign also accused the MAGA Republicans present at the debate of endorsing Trump's "extreme and unpopular agenda" through their actions and impersonations.
Throughout the debate, Biden's supporters and campaign personnel consistently reinforced this message. Representative Jamie Raskin, a prominent Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, asserted on X that both Trump and the Republicans contributed a staggering $7.8 trillion to the national debt, attributing their actions to excessive catering to the super-rich and reckless spending.
Biden shared a video snippet featuring former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, who, during the debate, critiqued Trump's policies regarding national debt. Accompanying the video, Biden included a simple statement: "What she said."
The Biden campaign asserted that no individual had played a more pivotal role in facilitating "nationwide extreme abortion bans" than Trump. To emphasize this perspective, the campaign deployed a mobile billboard, prominently displaying a caricature meme of Biden dubbed "Dark Brandon," and utilizing it to criticize Republicans' stance on abortion rights.
In an effort that began on Wednesday, the Biden campaign initiated its third major paid advertising campaign of the election cycle. This $25 million endeavor targeted eight crucial battleground states and notably featured the campaign's inaugural messages aimed specifically at Latino and Black media audiences.
As for the potential for debates, the Biden campaign has not yet reached a decision regarding whether Biden will engage in a debate with Trump. The campaign remains uncertain about the implications if Trump chooses to abstain from participating in the general election debates scheduled for November 2024.