As President Joe Biden approaches the 2024 election, he may find the political landscape in the United States very different from the one in which he ran for his first term. A list of potential challengers to the incumbent has risen drastically in the wake of Biden’s first term, ranging from former and current governors, senators, attorneys general, and even media personalities. These challengers have come to challenge the Biden administration’s economic and foreign policies, their handling of civil and social issues, and their overall handling of the nation’s affairs.
One of the most likely challengers to Biden’s reelection bid is former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. Haley, a Republican, has gained the support of prominent Republicans during her tenure as governor. With her credentials as a former ambassador to the United Nations, Haley’s experience could put her at a strategic advantage over the sitting president.
Another major potential challenger to Biden could be Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown. Brown is a long-time Ohio politician and has been a vocal critic of president Biden’s policies. He has also gained the support of Democrats, labor unions and other progressive left-wing groups. Brown has been gaining ground as a possible candidate and is considered by many to be a viable challenger to Biden.
Another name to watch is Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri, a staunch conservative and a vocal critic of Big Tech and the “swamp” in Washington. Hawley has the support of the likes of Fox News hosts such as Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity, and could be an attractive candidate to conservative voters.
Attorneys General from Texas and Florida, Ken Paxton and Ashley Moody, have both gained the support of conservatives, and both have taken aim at President Biden on several occasions. Paxton has backed an unconstitutional lawsuit to overturn the results of the 2020 election, while Moody has sided with the Republican party-line on many issues.
Finally, media personalities from the political left and right have started to emerge as potential candidates. CNN’s Van Jones, Fox News’s Tucker Carlson, and The Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur have all expressed interest in running for president in 2024. How well any of these potential outsiders’ runs will fare against an incumbent presidential in a primary or a general election is yet to be seen.
Biden will have his hands full in 2024, regardless of the final lineup of his challengers. But one thing is certain – if the playground of politics is ever-changing, Joe Biden will have to be prepared for a more crowded political arena than he is in today.