Major Dem Explains Why Biden-2024 Is A Resounding No

By Jacob Taylor | Thursday, 23 June 2022 12:00
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President Biden can’t dodge questions regarding his age, a fact of life that’s causing uneasy Democrats to assess whether he can realistically run for reelection in 2024, when he will be 81 years old.

Conversations that were once gossiped in private are spilling out into the public amid angst over a possible drubbing for the party in this fall’s midterm elections and existential questions regarding its future two years later.

Biden’s approval ratings haven’t recovered from a swoon late last summer, inflation is now sky high and concerns are increasing regarding a recession.

It’s left some Democrats questioning out loud whether the party requires a different and younger leader in the upcoming presidential race.

“I think that Joe will run again, and his age will be a legitimate issue for many voters,” entrepreneur Andrew Yang, who competed against Biden for the Democratic nomination in 2020 before switching to be an independent, told The Hill.

“Joe is already the oldest president we’ve had even before his potential second term,” he announced.

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Polls offer more proof of a fixation on age.

A Harvard-Harris Poll survey out this month showed that 62 percent of respondents announced that Biden is “showing he is too old to be president.”

The Atlantic’s Mark Leibovich launched his piece last week with this opener: “Let me put this bluntly: Joe Biden should not run for reelection in 2024. He is too old.”

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On Sunday, The Wall Street Journal’s conservative editorial board followed up with a stinging appraisal: “The truth is that the President demonstrated he had lost a verbal, and maybe mental, step in the first Democratic candidate debate in 2019. He hasn’t improved.”

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Different polls don’t focus on the president’s age yet present similarly bad news for Team Biden. A poll by YouGov and Yahoo out this week found that 64 percent of those sampled announced they did not want Biden to seek the highest office another time.

“Look, it’s a problem,” one Democratic strategist acknowledged, talking without attribution in order to address a sensitive topic.

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“He’s f—— old and everyone knows it, though no one wants to talk regarding it for fear of offending him or anyone around him.”

One Biden ally who talks to aides in the White House frequently announced that Biden “looks old and seems old and that’s not a great look for the White House.”

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In this person’s estimation, the issue that’s more important than age is stamina.

“It all comes back to endurance and can he handle the job,” the ally stated. “I still think that the answer is yes. But ask me how I feel a couple of years from now.”

The White House did not provide a comment when reached on Tuesday.

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