Democratic elected officials and operatives fear a younger Republican could pose a serious threat to President Joe Biden’s reelection odds, according to CNN.
Top Democratic officials believe Biden has a good chance of beating former President Donald Trump in 2024, but many are worried a younger Republican candidate could pose a serious threat to Biden, according to CNN. Many are concerned that Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who hasn’t announced his candidacy, will defeat Biden, and others believe it is time for a new generation of candidates on both sides of the aisle. (RELATED: Republicans Announce Investigation Into Joe Biden, Allege He Was Directly ‘Involved’ With Hunter’s Dealings)
Two unnamed Democratic operatives are “uneasy” about the idea that Biden can pull a victory against DeSantis or another younger Republican, and another believes that Biden’s chances are “not great.” Four Democratic members of Congress, who asked to remain unnamed, believe that half of Democratic lawmakers would prefer a candidate other than Biden, according to CNN.
“It’s a little bit like when Trump was president, and none of the Republicans would say what they really thought on the record,” said one Democratic strategist, according to CNN.
Though the lawmakers feel there may be a need for a new Democratic frontrunner, they believe Biden’s strongest argument for running would be that the Democratic party could avoid a hectic primary, according to CNN.
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Democratic Minnesota Rep. Dean Phillips believes the midterm elections were a signal that it is time to “create pathways for new generations of leaders,” according to CNN.
“There’s a pragmatic element of this too. I believe the country will be in a place where they’ll be looking for a new generation as well,” Phillips said.
An October poll by Economist/YouGov showed that a majority of Democrats would not support Biden running in 2024. Of the respondents, 26% were in favor of Biden running for reelection, and 52% were opposed.
In October, Biden announced that he had not made a formal decision to run in 2024, but it is his “intention.”
“The reason I’m not making a judgment about formally running or not running, once I make that judgment, a whole series of regulations kick in and I have to be – I treat myself as a candidate from that moment on. I have not made that formal decision, but it’s my intention – my intention to run again. And we have time to make that decision,” Biden said.
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