To America, Biden Has No Rivals. To Iran? It's RFK Jr.
While Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s long-shot presidential campaign will likely have limited traction in the U.S., Iran's press and Iranian officials are portraying the race as an already intense rivalry.
The 2024 Democratic primary might be over before it even begins. Although there are challengers in the race who have been on the debate stage before and have been in that race for some time—like the author Marianne Williamson—Biden finally announcing his reelection campaign on Tuesday after a months-long long period of will-he-or-won’t-he has likely sealed the deal.
No other major candidate, barring an act of God, is going to truly challenge the incumbent president of the United States for the nomination. Net disapproval ratings for almost two years straight and a whopping 70% of Americans saying he shouldn’t run again can’t stop a party leadership that is behind him far and wide and a party base that, while not necessarily wanting him, isn’t so vehemently against him that they’re willing to rock the boat and go all in on another candidate out of pure protest. There will in all likelihood be no clown car-esque list of candidates, no upper tier and lower tier debates, no debates at all in fact. The days of the Pat Buchanans or the Ted Kennedys posing a threat to be reckoned with to the leaders of their respective parties are not coming back, at least not in this cycle.
That hasn’t stopped every Kennedy, however.
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