Democrats Moving Forward without Biden
Top Democrats are quietly reaching out to potential replacements for President Joe Biden, amid growing concerns that he will not run for reelection in 2024.
CNN reported that the “top Democrats and donors” have reached out to “possible replacements” for Biden and had conversations about them getting in the race as Biden struggles in the White House.
According to CNN, these conversations have been taking place for months, and involve a wide range of potential candidates, including Vice President Kamala Harris, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
Those making the calls to the prospective Democrat candidates are telling them that despite what 80-year-old Biden has said, and despite launching his campaign, he actually will not run for president.
The Democrat who has tried to raise their national profile in recent months as Biden stumbles is California Governor Gavin Newsom.
Biden’s team pushed back, saying that he was absolutely running and that he was taking campaign preparations seriously.
This news comes as Biden’s approval ratings have been steadily declining. A recent poll by the Pew Research Center found that only 39% of Americans approve of the job Biden is doing as president.
If Biden does not run in 2024, it would be a major blow to the Democratic Party. Biden was elected in 2020 on a promise to restore normalcy after the chaos of the Trump presidency. However, his presidency has been marked by a number of challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine, and rising inflation.
A Biden withdrawal from the race would likely lead to a crowded Democratic primary. Harris, Buttigieg, and Whitmer are all seen as potential front-runners, but there are a number of other potential candidates who could emerge.
The Democrats’ decision to reach out to potential replacements for Biden is a sign of the growing anxiety within the party about the 2024 election.