President Biden has yet to say whether he intends to run for re-election in 2024, but Democratic National Committee operatives have already begun compiling opposition research on an array of potential GOP candidates – including some outside the traditional political landscape.
The field of candidates targeted in the research efforts include Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has gained popularity among Republicans for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, as well as former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. The team is also looking into figures such as Fox News host Tucker Carlson and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell. A Democratic consultant connected with the DNC also confirmed the start of opposition research efforts, telling Fox News it would be "political malpractice" not to begin preparations at this stage. The Republican National Committee and pro-GOP opposition research group America Rising began similar efforts for potential Democratic candidates at this stage in Donald Trump's term in office four years ago. Politico was first to report on the DNC’s efforts.