President Joe Biden’s Reelection Pitch That Governs Well Faces Daunting Challenges With Border, Debt, More

Three weeks after launching his reelection campaign, President Joe Biden is confronting a vast set of problems that may substantially impact his campaign.

A showdown with Congress that has the nation’s creditworthiness and economy at state, a chaotic scene at the border, and growing tensions with China and Russia continue to dominate his presidency.

Economists warn the country faces a debilitating recession if the president and lawmakers can’t agree on a path to raising the debt ceiling. The president wants Congress to raise the debt limit without preconditions and has continued to equate GOP demands for spending cuts with a ransom for the country’s full credit and faith.

The expiration of Title 42, the Covid-19 public health emergency, signaled the end to the special pandemic restrictions on migrant procedures on an already overwhelmed U.S. border with Mexico.

The Biden administration responded with new policies touted as a crackdown on illegal border crossings while opening legal pathways that encouraged potential migrants to apply online to come to the U.S. and stay put. However, the president admitted there would be a “chaotic” situation as the new procedures go into effect.

The challenges come as President Biden prepares to leave Washington on Wednesday for an eight-day journey to Papua New Guinea, Australia, and Japan. He will try to gather support among the Group of Seven leading democratic nations to support Ukraine as it prepares to launch a counter to Russia’s invasion and energize alliances in the face of China’s aggressive regional moves.

Although Biden focused on his problem-solving ability during his 2020 campaign for the White House, the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021 sent his approval ratings plummeting and undercut Biden’s image as an effective manager. His ratings have yet to recover.

In an April Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll, Biden’s job approval rating stood at 42%, slightly improving from March’s 38%. The March poll came following a pair of bank failures that rattled the shaky confidence in the U.S.’s financial systems, with the president’s approval rating at the lowest point of his presidency.

The poll also found that 26% of Americans want Biden to seek a second term, slightly recovering from the 22% in January. Forty-seven percent of Dems say they want him to run again, up from a small 37% in January.

President says he is unsure how talks to avert the debt limit crisis will pan out

President Biden maintains it’s “hard to tell” how talks to avert a debt limit crisis will shake out. He plans to meet with McCarthy and other leaders before heading overseas. However, the White House has remained steadfast that while the president is open to considering budget spending cuts, he won’t agree to any tied to raising the debt limit.

“There’s no deal to be had on the debt ceiling,” said Karine Jean-Pierre, White House press secretary, on Friday. “There’s no negotiation to be had on the debt ceiling. This is something that Congress needs to do.”

U.S. officials warn that the debt ceiling impasse threatens national security. According to John Kirby, National Security Council spokesman, the Pentagon continues to warn that it could hurt benefits and pay for troops along with U.S. global standing.

“It sends a horrible message to nations like Russia and China, who would love nothing more than to be able to point at this and say, ‘See, the United States is not a reliable partner. The United States is not a stable leader of peace and security around the world,’” said Kirby.