With President Biden's Future In Peril, Democrats Eye These Five Potential Replacements

By Lisa Pelgin | Wednesday, 14 February 2024 09:30 AM
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In the wake of Special Counsel Robert Hur's damning report last week, President Joe Biden is under intense scrutiny, fueling speculation that the Democratic Party may replace him as their nominee for the 2024 general election.

Hur's report, which investigated Biden's alleged mishandling of classified documents, did not recommend charges. However, it highlighted potential defenses Biden might employ, including presenting himself as a "sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory." The report also cited instances of the President's memory lapses, such as forgetting the date of his son Beau's death, which has raised concerns among Democrats who had previously supported Biden despite Republican criticisms of his fitness for office.

Five potential replacements for Biden are being discussed, should he decide not to run for a second term or be pressured to step aside:

California Governor Gavin Newsom is frequently mentioned as a potential presidential nominee, given his vocal criticism of national Republican figures and his high-profile clash with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis at a Fox News-hosted debate last year. Douglas Schoen, a former advisor to President Clinton, wrote in an op-ed last summer that Newsom "wants to run for president in 2024," but was supporting Biden's re-election to build his own national support base.

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Vice President Kamala Harris, despite her low approval ratings and frequent gaffes, has long harbored presidential ambitions. Her readiness to serve as commander-in-chief if necessary is well-known, and she has been suggested as a potential replacement for Biden by media figures, including the hosts of ABC's "The View."

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Michelle Obama's name has been surprisingly floated as a potential replacement for Biden, despite her lack of political experience. Former Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy was one of the first to suggest that Obama could replace Biden, a theory he reiterated following the release of the Hur report.

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Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, despite declining a run for the White House this year, has left the door open for a future presidential run. She first gained national attention during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, and despite controversy over her handling of lockdowns in her state, she remains a significant figure in Democratic politics.

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Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, one of the country's most popular governors despite leading a red state, is seen as a rising star within the Democratic Party. His ability to connect across party lines and bring Republicans and Democrats into his policy fold is seen as a valuable asset in a deeply divided political landscape.

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While these potential replacements are being discussed, it is important to note that no official decisions have been made. The Democratic Party has yet to comment on the speculation surrounding Biden's potential replacement. However, the release of Hur's report and the subsequent scrutiny of Biden's fitness for office have undoubtedly stirred the political waters, making the run-up to the 2024 general election all the more intriguing.

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