Trump's 'dictator' remark puts 2024 campaign right where Biden wants it

December 08, 2023

This is the reason he ran initially, and the reason — with Donald Trump running — he’s running again,” said Celinda Lake, a Democratic pollster for Biden’s campaign in 2020. This past weekend, a group of the party’s governors used its annual retreat to urge Biden to focus on issues like abortion, not Trump. “If Trump wasn’t running, I’m not sure I’d be running,” Biden said. His triumph in 2020 and the Democrats’ strong 2022 showing has validated that approach, his campaign believes. After Trump’s town hall comment, the Biden campaign flooded social media with warnings and organized an event to bracket the GOP primary debate in Alabama that would include denouncements of the former president.