Plans for the 2024 presidential election are already receiving more concentrated attention, and the Democratic incumbent, Joe Biden, has suggested significant modifications to the nomination procedure.
The Washington Post reported Thursday that the president has requested Democratic National Committee officials to make South Carolina the first primary state in 2024, displacing Iowa and New Hampshire at the top of the electoral calendar.
What’s the reason? “Diversity.”
The Post claimed “Democrats briefed on the plans” as its source.
Biden addressed a letter to the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee on Thursday outlining the principles he believes should drive the debate regarding improvements to the Democrats’ nomination process to improve diversity.
“Just like my Administration, the Democratic Party has worked hard to reflect the diversity of America – but our nominating process does not,” the letter said. “For fifty years, the first month of our presidential nominating process has been a treasured part of our democratic process, but it is time to update the process for the 21st century. I am committed to working with the DNC to get this done.”
“I want to be clear about the principles I believe we as a party should allow to guide our process,” Biden said.
First, the president said the DNC “must ensure that voters of color have a voice in choosing our nominee much earlier in the process and throughout the entire early window.”
Second, caucuses have to be eliminated from the Democratic nomination procedure.
Third, he said, “early states must reflect the overall diversity of our party and our nation — economically, geographically, demographically.”
Fourth: “There should continue to be strong representation from urban, suburban, and rural America, and from each region of the country, and states that prioritize making voting easier in both primary and general elections should represent their regions.”
Biden stated that the DNC’s nomination schedule should be reviewed every four years to ensure that all of these conditions are followed “to reflect the values and diversity of our party and country.”
The DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee members had a dinner on Thursday night to unveil Biden’s views and the notion that the first primary states should be South Carolina, Nevada, New Hampshire, Georgia, and Michigan, according to a report by the Post.
On Friday and Saturday, the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee was scheduled to meet to review these amendments and the overall schedule. According to the Post, the DNC’s whole membership will vote on the committee’s decisions in February.
According to KCCI-TV in Des Moines, state officials were not pleased with Biden’s campaign to stop the 50-year tradition of Iowa holding the first caucuses in the nation. Since 1972, Iowa has been the first state to hold caucuses.
More on this story via The Western Journal:
Scott Brennan, the only Iowan on the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee, told the outlet the president’s letter came as a shock. CONTINUE READING…