During a segment on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, Jonathan Martin, Politico’s Bureau Chief and senior political columnist, highlighted three major challenges faced by President Joe Biden’s re-election campaign.
The discussion was prefaced by Susan Page, Washington bureau chief of USA Today, who emphasized the need for Biden to address the possibility of his son Hunter facing trial.
“While I understand the charges against Hunter differ from those against Trump, it still provides Republicans a strong talking point to create confusion about the legal issues surrounding former President Trump and President Biden’s current stance. His public position is not sustainable,” Page stated.
She called for Biden to follow the example of Governor Waltz, who asserted that if Hunter violated the law, he should be held accountable.
Martin elaborated, noting that the Biden staff faces difficulty in approaching the president about the Hunter Biden issue due to its sensitivity. “Biden has essentially three areas where he hasn’t yet determined what to communicate.
One pertains to Hunter Biden, the other involves the investigations into Donald Trump, and the third concerns his age. These are significant matters casting shadows on his re-election campaign,” Martin pointed out.
Host Chuck Todd added his observations, noting the significant impact these challenges have had on Biden’s popularity. He mentioned the attempts by Trump and Rudy Giuliani to tarnish Biden’s reputation by focusing on Hunter’s Ukraine-related activities, which has contributed to a decline in his approval ratings.
Biden’s approval numbers have been declining rapidly, with a recent CNN poll indicating that 51% of Americans believe the economy is deteriorating and giving Biden a 41% approval rating. Another poll conducted by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, commissioned by the Associated Press, showed Biden’s approval rating on the economy at 36%.
Furthermore, Biden himself faces legal issues alongside his son. Hunter’s lawyers have allegedly threatened to call Biden as a witness if the Department of Justice pursues charges related to an alleged illegal firearm purchase, as reported by Politico.