Democrats from various political backgrounds have recently voiced reluctance to embrace the idea that President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are the optimal Democratic presidential ticket for 2024.
Left-leaning politicians and commentators have become increasingly vocal with their apprehensions about Biden’s advancing age and his frequent missteps as well as Harris’ plummeting approval ratings.
“I don’t think Biden and Vice President Harris should run for reelection,” David Ignatius wrote recently in an op-ed for The Washington Post, highlighting the fact that Biden would be 82 at the commencement of a potential second term.
“It’s painful to say that, given my admiration for much of what they have accomplished. But if he and Harris campaign together in 2024, I think Biden risks undoing his greatest achievement — which was stopping [former President] Trump,” Ignatius commented.
Rep. Dean Phillips, a Democrat hailing from Minnesota, shared with NBC News his belief that other candidates possess a significantly better chance of winning, without the age-related risks associated with the current president.
“Why does everyone have blinders on? Why are we essentially being led to this cliff without knowing what’s on the other side?” Phillips remarked.
Donna Brazile, the former chair of the Democratic National Committee, addressed Biden’s age issue over the past weekend. She emphasized that Democrats should operate as if they are trailing by “10 points” to invigorate enthusiasm among voters.
“I’m not sleeping at night thinking all is well, OK?” Brazile conveyed during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week.” “I have nieces and nephews who say, ‘Well why should I vote for this guy? He’s a little old.’ I say, ‘Your papa was old too, and look what he did to help you.’ So I think the Democrats have to continue to make the case. Democrats should be concerned.”
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough revealed that every Democrat he has conversed with admits that Biden might be too aged to seek reelection.
“[Co-host] Mika [Brzezinski] and I, everybody we talk to, every political discussion, all it talks a lot about Trump, but when it comes to Joe Biden, people say, ‘Man, he’s too old to run, isn’t he?’” Scarborough disclosed on a recent broadcast.
“When I say every discussion, I don’t mean 99% of the discussion — every discussion,” Scarborough emphasized. “I asked Reverend Al [Sharpton] if he was hearing it all the time on our show this past week. He’s hearing it as well.”
The White House has consistently defended Biden’s age and cognitive sharpness when questioned by the media.
“Look, here’s what I know,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre responded to Fox News’ Peter Doocy’s question about polls indicating voter concerns over Biden’s age. “Here’s what I can speak to. I can speak to that — a president who has wisdom. I can speak to a president who has experience. I can speak to a president who has done historic — has taken historic action and has delivered in historic pieces of legislation. And that’s important.”
A recent poll by The Associated Press revealed that 77% believe Biden might be too old to effectively serve another four years. This sentiment was shared by 89% of Republicans and 69% of Democrats.
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