Former President Donald Trump’s great popularity among Republicans, especially conservatives, makes him the obvious front-runner for the GOP candidacy in 2024.
Even if Trump opted not to run, Nikki Haley and the unannounced Ron DeSantis are viable candidates, not to mention those who have yet to enter the race.
Democrats, on the other hand, have a more uncertain choice.
Joe Biden, who might be the least popular president in history, insists he will run again. Yet, according to a survey conducted by Fox News last month, only 37% of Democratic primary voters want Biden to remain his party’s choice, while 53% would prefer someone else.
Democratic leaders are openly endorsing Joseph Biden as their candidate for the 2024 presidential election — potentially setting up a rematch with Donald Trump — but, according to FOX News, behind the scenes it is a different story.
According to a recent Politico report, some “high-level Democrats” may only back the president out of fear of what a ticket without Biden might look like.
“High-level Democrats are rallying to President Biden’s reelection, not because they think it’s in the best interest of the country to have an 82-year-old start a second term but because they fear the potential alternative: the nomination of Kamala Harris and election of Donald Trump,” the report read.
In 2020, Biden and Harris were proclaimed winners after receiving more votes than any other presidential ticket in U.S. history, a doubtful statistic according to many who believe the election was manipulated. But, just three years later, Biden’s popularity rating is in the 40s and he continues to give the White House press staff difficulties.
According to a February story by Politico, a senator at the National Governors Association conference questioned if Biden had the endurance for the presidential campaign season.
Biden won his first election during the travel-restricted COVID epidemic and campaigned extensively from his basement. At the same NGA winter meeting, a congressman “said Harris wasn’t an option,” Politico reported.
Douglas MacKinnon, a former White House and Pentagon official, stated that if neither Biden nor Harris were viable candidates, Democrats may seek to a former celebrity to form a more credible ticket.
Michelle Obama’s name was circulated ahead of the most recent Democratic presidential primary, despite her repeated denials of interest in running for politics.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
At 59, and with her “it” factor (as McKinnon labels it) she could emerge as a top candidate and Democrats could look to push her to run, Fox notes.
There are quite a few Democrats to choose from, McKinnon notes, but the party would have to trek strategically to explain why Democrats moved away from Biden or Harris. CONTINUE READING…