Ongoing verbal gaffes, a damning investigative report by special Ccunsel Robert Hur, low approval ratings and ongoing questions about President Joe Biden’s mental health are spurring serious discussions among DNC leaders.
Many are asking the question: Is Joe Biden the best choice to represent the Democratic Party in the 2024 election?
With multiple polls showing that approximately 85% of Americans believe Biden, 81, is “too old” to effectively serve a second term, alternative names are being floated.
A Fox News report noted the following individuals were on the DNC leadership’s short-list should Joe Biden need to be replaced by a more viable candidate.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s name is frequently mentioned by political analysts as a possible replacement for Biden on the 2024 ticket. While being quick to voice his support for President Biden, his self-promotion, including a national debate with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, is considered by many to be thinly veiled presidential ambitions.
Fox reported that Douglas Schoen, a former President Clinton adviser, wrote that Newsom “wants to run for president in 2024” in an op-ed piece last summer.
Schoen wrote: “Gavin Newsom wants to run for president in 2024, that much is clear. The California governor would not be campaigning for President Joe Biden in red states with 16 months until the presidential election if he wasn’t trying to prove his own political bona fides and build a future base of national support for himself.”
According to the Washington Post’s columnist Matt Bai, Newsom’s “multiple international trips and [meetings] with foreign leaders” shows he has been running a “shadow campaign” for president, though Newsom has denied the assertions.
Vice President Kamala Harris is by many accounts, the logical choice to step in should President Biden not run in 2024. Harris has many qualities the Democratic Party values — she is liberal, a woman of color, is strongly pro-choice and can claim significant political experience.
Her presidential ambitions were made clear when she announced her candidacy during the 2020 election.
However, her frequent “word salad” statements, poor performance as a vice president in general and in her southern border responsibilities in particular, and her historically low public approval rating will give Party leaders pause before putting her name forward.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama is considered a strong possibility for replacing Biden on the ticket. She has significant name recognition and rates very high on the public likeability poll.
Multiple media outlets have suggested the former first lady was a good choice to represent the DNC in 2024, though Obama has stated she was not interested in running for office.
Fox News reported that last weekend, a “Las Vegas odd makers” predicted Obama had a “better shot at becoming president than Newsom, Harris, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, and independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.”
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer notably declined prompts to run against Joe Biden this year, but insiders note she would be interested in running if Biden was not on the ticket in 2024.
Whitmer made headlines for instituting what some called draconian measures to address the COVID pandemic. Though her handling of the crisis has been criticized by many, her actions have been praised by many national-level Democratic pundits and leaders.
Her strong reelection win in 2022 makes her a viable top-tier candidate to replace Biden.
Last November, “Real Time” host Bill Maher accused Whitmer of running a “shadow campaign” for president. Democratic presidential candidate Dean Phillips told Maher that before finalizing his decision to run for president, he attempted to prompt Whitmer to run, saying she would be an “outstanding president.”
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has been called “one of the most popular governors in the country” and is viewed by many as a rising star in the party. His 2022 win over then-Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron was impressive, as Cameron was considered a formidable GOP opponent.
Beshear has demonstrated skill in unifying constituents and reaching across party lines to advance initiatives. Local and national government leaders consider the Kentucky governor to have a bright political future.
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