Former Clinton adviser Doug Schoen voiced his apprehension about President Joe Biden’s prospects in the 2024 election during a recent segment on Fox News.
The interview touched on Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’ odds in the forthcoming race, his prospective challenges in resonating with voters, and his fundraising obstacles due to the enduring popularity of former President Donald Trump.
Even as Biden’s campaign brags about its substantial fundraising totals, Schoen pointed to the president’s faltering approval ratings and stagnant economic figures as potential indicators of waning enthusiasm among small donors.
Schoen noted that while Biden is undertaking extensive travel for fundraising efforts for his campaign and Super PACs, it’s questionable whether he’s generating the requisite excitement or voter support.
“Hillary outraised Donald Trump in that election, but her failing to connect proved to be a fatal flaw,” Schoen said, arguing DeSantis may have trouble keeping up with fundraising due to Trump’s popularity.
Charlie Hurt, a Fox News contributor, chimed in to add that Trump’s unparalleled ability to engage directly with voters, sidestepping costly political apparatus, gives him a distinct edge.
As per a New York Times report, Biden’s reelection campaign has been marked by a tepid response from small donors despite raking in substantial contributions from wealthy Democrats.
As reported by Fox News, Biden’s team has announced a combined fundraising haul of $72 million in the second quarter. The funds were sourced from various entities, including the campaign, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and joint fundraising committees.
The report suggests that Biden has amassed significant funds through high-profile fundraising events with affluent donors such as a $700,000 donation from a billionaire with ties to Jeffrey Epstein.
The surge of small-dollar online donations that powered his 2020 campaign is conspicuously missing this time, particularly compared to his adversaries and Trump.
Fox co-host Harris Faulkner noted: “The Biden victory fund collected $10 million from small donors during a three-month period that ended in June. That figure is less than half of the $21 million President Barack Obama’s campaign raised during the same period of his 2012 re-election efforts.”
Schoen summarized Biden’s prospects: “My quick thoughts are that Joe Biden with an approval rating … of 32 percent on the economy does not inspire much enthusiasm among small donors.”
Schoen added: “Biden will get the money [he needs for the campaign], but it isn’t clear to me that he has the enthusiasm or can get the votes.”
Biden’s repeated stumbles and gaffes also raise concerns.
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