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Warnock supporters divided on whether Biden should seek a second term in 2024: ‘Time for someone new’

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Thanks in part to a better than expected performance by the Democrats in the midterm elections, President Biden is facing fewer questions about his political future as he begins to build up towards a likely 2024 re-election campaign launch. 

As behind the scenes early moves by Biden political aides continue, the president is taking a 2022 victory lap with stops in key battleground states across the country.

While Biden has yet to make any formal declarations, he has repeatedly said he intends to seek a second term in the White House.

 “I have not made that formal decision, but it’s my intention. My intention to run again. And we have time to make that decision,” the president said in October in an interview on MSNBC.

BIDEN SAYS 2024 DECISION LIKELY TO COME ‘EARLY NEXT YEAR’

President Biden smiles during a news conference in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022. Biden spoke following a midterm election in which Democrats fared better than expected. 

President Biden smiles during a news conference in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022. Biden spoke following a midterm election in which Democrats fared better than expected. 
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Additionally, in a news conference the day after the November election, the president reiterated his decision would likely come “early next year.”

“I think everybody wants me to run, but we’re going to have discussions about it,” he said. “I hope Jill and I get a little time to sneak away for a week between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and my guess is it will be early next year when we make that judgment.”

BIDEN SAYS HE DIDN’T HAVE ANY 2024 FAMILY DISCUSSIONS OVER THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

While support among Democrats for the president to run for re-election in 2024 has risen in recent weeks through public opinion polling, the sentiment is far from universal.

Fox News spoke with over a dozen Democrats as they arrived on Thursday at a rally for Sen. Raphael Warnock headlined by former President Obama in Atlanta with just five days to go until the Senate runoff election in the key southeastern battleground state.

A large crowd of Democratic activists and supporters gathers in Atlanta on Dec. 1, 2022 for a rally for Sen. Raphael Warnock headlined by former President Barack Obama, five days ahead of the Georgia Senate runoff election.

A large crowd of Democratic activists and supporters gathers in Atlanta on Dec. 1, 2022 for a rally for Sen. Raphael Warnock headlined by former President Barack Obama, five days ahead of the Georgia Senate runoff election.
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While plenty of people arriving at the event said they would like to see Biden run for re-election, there were also calls for a fresh face to replace the now 80-year-old president as the party’s standard-bearer in 2024.

“I think it’s time for someone new,”said Amanda, who lives in Atlanta. “I think he’s doing a great job, but I think there’s someone out there who can speak for everyone and not just like a certain group of Democrats.”

Arlene and Herbert, who drove into Atlanta from nearby Gwinnett County, were not on the same page.

“He’s kind of getting up there in age, but it still seems like he’s with it for somebody his age. I would like to see somebody younger, but if he can do it, let him run,” Arlene said.

However, Herbert quickly offered that “if he runs I’ll vote for him.”

Aiden, a college student at Emory University in Atlanta, said that “maybe having an 82-year-old in office may not be the best idea. We’ll see what happens.”

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He added that “as long as there’s a Democrat in the office, I’ll be OK.”

Shelena, who lives in nearby Decatur, Georgia has not made up her mind.

“I haven’t quite made my decision on that. We still have some time on that,” she said. “We’ve still got two more years to go.”

Fox News’ Aubrie Spady contributed to this report

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Democratic Rep. Beyer accuses Republicans of ‘panicking’ over Chinese spy balloon

Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., said Saturday that Republicans “can stop panicking” after the Chinese spy balloon that had traversed across American airspace for several days was shot down by the U.S. military.

“Great news for my Republican colleagues, they can stop panicking about a balloon now,” Beyer wrote in a tweet, shortly after Biden gave brief remarks to the press about the mission to remove the Chinese aircraft from the sky.

Beyer’s comments came shortly after the Chinese spy balloon was removed from airspace just off the coast of South Carolina.

BIDEN SAYS HE AUTHORIZED PENTAGON DAYS AGO TO SHOOT DOWN CHINESE SPY BALLOON

The balloon, which made its way across North Carolina and South Carolina Saturday morning, was shot down by a U.S. military F-22 using a heat-seeking missile on Saturday afternoon.

Beyer faced scandal last year after an investigation concluded that an aide in his office had been working on behalf of the Chinese Embassy to set up meetings with congressional offices. An investigation conducted by the House Sergeant-at-Arms discovered the allegations against the aide, identified as Barbara Hamlett, and she was subsequently terminated in October.

Beyer “was totally unaware of these activities,” the congressman’s Deputy Chief of Staff Aaron Fritschner said at the time. “As soon as he learned of them, he followed every directive he was given by security officials. The staffer in question is no longer employed by the office of Congressman Beyer.”

Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., speaks at Dulles International Airport in Dulles, Virginia, on November 15, 2022.

Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., speaks at Dulles International Airport in Dulles, Virginia, on November 15, 2022.
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SCHUMER BREAKS SILENCE ON CHINESE SPY BALLOON, PRAISES BIDEN ADMIN FOR SHOOTING IT DOWN

President Biden said after the Saturday operation that he gave authorization on Wednesday to shoot down the balloon “as soon as possible,” and the Pentagon chose to wait to shoot it down until it was over the ocean.

“They successfully took it down and I want to compliment our aviators who did it and we’ll have more to report on a little later,” Biden added.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin also acknowledged that the order was given to the military on Wednesday and that the Defense Department decided to wait.

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“On Wednesday, President Biden gave his authorization to take down the surveillance balloon as soon as the mission could be accomplished without undue risk to American lives under the balloon’s path,” Lloyd said.

Several Republican lawmakers and governors have criticized the Biden administration for its lack of communication on the issue and for a delay in shooting the balloon out of American airspace while it hovered over sparsely populated areas of the country.

Fox News’ Andrew Mark Miller and Landon Mion contributed to this article.

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Republicans rip Biden after Chinese spy balloon shot down: ‘Our enemies used to fear us’

FIRST ON FOX: Congressional Republicans ripped into President Biden after the Chinese spy balloon was shot down on Saturday, with one saying our “enemies used to fear us.”

Several Republicans in both chambers of Congress weighed in on Biden shooting down the balloon off the coast of South Carolina after it flew across the U.S. over several days.

The downing came after public outcry about the balloon, which hovered over several states including Montana and the Palmetto State.

LAWMAKERS REACT AFTER CHINESE SPY BALLOON SHOT DOWN: ‘DISASTROUS PROJECTION OF WEAKNESS’

Texas Republican Rep. Pete Sessions blasted the Biden administration, saying they are "slow to recognize dangers against American sovereignty and even slower to defend our borders or the things which we pride ourselves most in, and that is the ability we have to protect ourselves with the world’s greatest military."

Texas Republican Rep. Pete Sessions blasted the Biden administration, saying they are “slow to recognize dangers against American sovereignty and even slower to defend our borders or the things which we pride ourselves most in, and that is the ability we have to protect ourselves with the world’s greatest military.”
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Texas Republican Rep. Pete Sessions said he believes “it’s very clear that, because commonsense Americans were overwhelmingly disgusted with not only the administration’s responses to questions, they were horrified that we have a president who would allow Chinese spyware to be on top of our country for days at a time and seemingly to do nothing.”

“So I applaud the American people, normal American citizens who expressed outrage,” Sessions told Fox News Digital in an exclusive Saturday phone interview. “That, that is why this happened.”

Sessions also blasted the Biden administration, saying they are “slow to recognize dangers against American sovereignty and even slower to defend our borders or the things which we pride ourselves most in, and that is the ability we have to protect ourselves with the world’s greatest military.”

“And in this case, President Biden and the administration have made too close to friends with the Chinese that they were influenced to do nothing,” Sessions said.

“Thank God that the American people voiced their opinion,” he added.

Senator Josh Hawley, R-Mo., told Fox News Digital the Saturday shoot-down “was just another display of incompetence and weakness from Joe Biden.”

Senator Josh Hawley, R-Mo., told Fox News Digital the Saturday shoot-down "was just another display of incompetence and weakness from Joe Biden."

Senator Josh Hawley, R-Mo., told Fox News Digital the Saturday shoot-down “was just another display of incompetence and weakness from Joe Biden.”
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“He should have shot down the Chinese spy balloon before it entered US airspace or as soon as it did — not after it spent days collecting data over the United States,” Hawley said. “We need an investigation into how this was allowed to happen.”

Rep. Troy Nehls, R-Texas, excoriated Biden in a Saturday statement, telling Fox News Digital that our “enemies used to fear us.”

“The Chinese spy balloon traveled across our country,” Nehls said. “President Biden failed America and showed weakness in the face of the Chinese Communist Party.”

“Our enemies used to fear us; what will they think now?” he continued. “This wouldn’t have been a problem under President Trump.”

Rep. Troy Nehls, R-Texas, excoriated Biden in a Saturday statement, telling Fox News Digital that our "enemies used to fear us."

Rep. Troy Nehls, R-Texas, excoriated Biden in a Saturday statement, telling Fox News Digital that our “enemies used to fear us.”
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House Republican Conference chairwoman Elise Stefanik of New York told Fox News Digital “Joe Biden was tested on the world stage and abysmally failed.”

“The Chinese Communist spy balloon should never have been allowed to cross into our sovereign nation gathering intelligence,” Stefanik said. “The American people deserve to know why Joe Biden allowed this national security threat for so long, why he tried to hide it from the American people, and what information our foreign adversaries were gathering.”

“This is a time for peace through strength, and the Chinese Communist Party must know violations of American airspace will not be tolerated,” she added.

House Republican Conference chairwoman Elise Stefanik of New York told Fox News Digital "Joe Biden was tested on the world stage and abysmally failed."

House Republican Conference chairwoman Elise Stefanik of New York told Fox News Digital “Joe Biden was tested on the world stage and abysmally failed.”
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GOP Senator Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee suggested the possibility of a Hunter Biden connection to the delay in bringing down the Chinese spy balloon.

“Almost 48 hours after public discovery, the Chinese spying balloon has been shot down,” Blackburn said. “It makes you wonder, would Biden’s Department of Defense have shot it down if the American people hadn’t found out?”

“Was Biden concerned with upsetting his friends and Hunter’s business partners over in China when assessing the Chinese spy balloon?” she continued.

GOP Senator Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee suggested the possibility of a Hunter Biden connection to the delay in bringing down the Chinese spy balloon.

GOP Senator Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee suggested the possibility of a Hunter Biden connection to the delay in bringing down the Chinese spy balloon.
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Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, R-N.Y., also went after the president for doing “nothing about” the Chinese spy balloon flying over the nation.

“Communist China’s surveillance balloon violated international law and threatened our homeland,” Malliotakis said. “It’s an outrage that the Biden Administration spotted this balloon days ago as it was flying over the Aleutian Islands and did nothing about it.”

“The President has not even made a comment about this unacceptable act of aggression by the CCP,” the New York Republican continued. “Whether it’s our border or airspace, Congress must take action to protect it, because it’s clear this President won’t.”

Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, R-N.Y., said it is "an outrage that the Biden Administration spotted this balloon days ago as it was flying over the Aleutian Islands and did nothing about it."

Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, R-N.Y., said it is “an outrage that the Biden Administration spotted this balloon days ago as it was flying over the Aleutian Islands and did nothing about it.”
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The GOP lawmakers’ reactions came as other politicians and pundits poured in Saturday afternoon following confirmation that the United States shot down the balloon.

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President Biden said Saturday that he gave the order to shoot down the balloon on Wednesday but his military advisers decided to wait due to concerns over injuring people on the ground.

“The Biden Administration owes the American people answers now,” Republican Rep. Andrew Garbarino, a Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, told Fox News Digital after the balloon was shot down.

Fox News Digital’s Andrew Mark Miller contributed reporting.

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‘FASCISM’: Florida Dem lashes out at DeSantis for targeting group that hosted ‘Drag Queen Christmas’ with kids

A Democrat from the Florida Congressional delegation is taking aim at Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis over his decision to file a legal complaint against the institution responsible for hosting “A Drag Queen Christmas” event, which children were allowed to attend.

The governor filed a six-count legal complaint against the Orlando Philharmonic Foundation for “exposing minor children to lewd sexual acts during a drag show that took place in Orlando on December 28,” local outlet The Floridian reported Friday.

Responding to DeSantis’ complaint, which could result in the state revoking the institution’s liquor license, freshman Rep. Maxwell Frost, D-Fla., accused to the governor of being a fascist.

“We’ve got to call this what it is: FASCISM in action. Queer celebration is anything but obscene,” Frost, who was elected to represent the Sunshine State’s 10th Congressional District in 2022, wrote in a tweet.

RON DESANTIS FILES LEGAL COMPLAINT AGAINST ORLANDO FOUNDATION FOR ALLEGEDLY SEXUALIZING KIDS WITH DRAG SHOW

Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a news conference on Jan. 26, 2023, in Miami.

Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a news conference on Jan. 26, 2023, in Miami.
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“We cannot tolerate DeSantis and his attempt to erase our communities,” he added. “I wholeheartedly condemn this attack and remain in solidarity with our beautiful LGBTQ+ family in Orlando.”

Fox News Digital reported DeSantis opening an investigation into the December show last year for allegedly exposing children to “sexualized acts.”

The show featured sexually provocative content like displays of prosthetic breasts and genitalia, “portrayals of simulated masturbation,” as well as “sexualized adaptations of popular children’s Christmas songs” including one called “Screwdolph the Red-Nippled Reindeer,” according to Florida’s complaint.

The event was held at the Broward Center of the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale and held as part of the national tour of “A Drag Queen Christmas.”

At the time, DeSantis Press Secretary Bryan Griffin confirmed the administration’s investigation. In a statement published last year, Griffin said: “The Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) is aware of multiple complaints about a sexually explicit performance marketed to children held in Fort Lauderdale on December 26th. The Department is actively investigating this matter.”

FLORIDA AG INVESTIGATING DRAG SHOW FOR EXPOSING KIDS TO ‘SEXUALIZED ACTS’: WE WILL ‘NOT SIT BACK’

The Floridian’s Friday report provided the latest developments in the investigation, claiming DeSantis has filed the six-count charge through the DBPR.

Florida Gov Ron DeSantis is going after an event venue for holding a drag queen show that allegedly showed lewd and lascivious acts to children in the audience.

Florida Gov Ron DeSantis is going after an event venue for holding a drag queen show that allegedly showed lewd and lascivious acts to children in the audience.
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The official complaint claimed, “On December 28, 2022, Respondent hosted and supported a ticketed event titled ‘A Drag Queen Christmas’ (‘the Show’) on the Licensed Premises and sold alcoholic beverages to patrons in attendance. Respondent promoted the Show using targeted, Christmas-themed promotional materials that did not provide notice to the sexually explicit nature of the Show’s performances or other content.”

The complaint also charged that the show provided “promotional materials” that “unequivocally stated ‘[a]ll ages welcome.’”

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Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to supporters at an election night party on Nov. 8, 2022, as his wife Casey listens.

Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to supporters at an election night party on Nov. 8, 2022, as his wife Casey listens.
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In addition, the administration claimed that, “prior to the show,” it “sent a letter to Respondent notifying Respondent that ‘[s]exually explicit drag show performances constitute public nuisances, lewd activity, and disorderly conduct when minors are in attendance’” and warned that if it failed to keep minors away from the show it would be “subject to penalties up to and including revocation” of its liquor and tobacco license.

The complaint charged that the foundation “nevertheless allowed minors to attend the Show,” despite the warning.

Fox News’ Gabriel Hays contributed to this article.

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