Democrats Divided: Allies Urge Unity Behind President Biden As 2024 Election Looms Amidst Leadership Concerns

Written By BlabberBuzz | Saturday, 25 November 2023 12:00
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President Joe Biden's allies are reportedly urging members of the Democratic Party to cease their criticism of the President and rally behind him as the 2024 election approaches, as reported by The Hill.

This appeal comes amid growing concerns within the party about Biden's leadership and his prospects of winning the upcoming race.

Biden has been facing criticism from within his own party, less than a year before the presidential election. His allies are now calling for an end to this criticism, urging party members to support the president as he grapples with declining poll numbers, according to The Hill.

Steve Elmendorf, who served as the deputy campaign manager for John Kerry's 2004 presidential run, told The Hill, "He’s running for reelection, people need to understand that and so as a party, everybody should figure out how do we get him reelected. Like, that’s pretty simple. I’m in the Jim Messina, David Plouffe school of, people need to stop bedwetting and focus on how to win.”

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Among the most vocal critics of the president is David Axelrod, former senior adviser to President Obama. Axelrod has expressed his belief that Biden has a "50-50 shot" at winning the presidential election and has suggested that the President should withdraw from the race.

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Former Democratic New York Rep. Joe Crowley told The Hill, “We gotta pipe down the moaning and groaning and all the whining. There’s too much of that. I think that leaches into the psyche of the voters as well. That’s got to stop and I think at that point, you’ll start to see Biden’s numbers improve, certainly amongst Democrats, but I think voter-wide they’ll start to improve.”

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The calls for Biden to step down from the 2024 race coincide with his dwindling poll numbers. A Gallup poll revealed that Biden's approval rating among Democrats fell 11 points from September to October, dropping to 75 percent, the lowest it has ever been. His overall approval rating also declined, falling to 37 percent, according to the same October Gallup poll.

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Furthermore, Biden is lagging behind former President Donald Trump in key swing state polls that present a hypothetical matchup between the two. A recent Emerson College poll showed Trump leading Biden 47 percent to 43 percent, a slight increase from an October poll that had the former President ahead 47 percent to 45 percent.

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Despite the discouraging poll numbers, Biden's allies do not believe it is time to panic, as reported by The Hill. Former Democratic Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle told the outlet, “You have to be concerned, but you also have to take it with the understanding that a year of politics, especially in an election, is a lifetime. Things just change dramatically over that time. We don’t know what the next 12 months will entail. Is it concerning? Of course, but there’s plenty of time for circumstances to change.”

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