Hillary Clinton advised President Joe Biden, in a private conversation, to consider the potential impact of a third-party candidate, given his record-breaking disapproval ratings and his position behind former President Donald Trump in some polls.
According to a report by NBC News on Monday, Hillary Clinton sent the aforementioned cautionary message to the president during her visit to the White House for the Praemium Imperiale Laureate ceremony, which took place earlier this month in the presence of first lady Jill Biden.
Hillary Clinton’s hopes of occupying the White House were dashed by Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election. Several Clinton supporters viewed Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate, as an election-altering factor.
Polling data substantiate their concerns.
According to a recent poll conducted by ABC News and the Washington Post, Joe Biden trails Donald Trump among registered voters by a margin of 10 percentage points. Biden receives 42 percent of the support, whereas Trump receives 52 percent.
The NBC News national survey reveals a comparatively more favorable outlook for Biden, albeit with a number of caveats.
When only two candidates, namely him and Trump, are considered, he receives 46 percent of the vote.
Nonetheless, the analysis reveals the potential negative impact of a third-party candidate.
Biden’s support decreases to 36%, while Trump’s rises to 39% when third-party candidates are considered.
5 percent of the electorate would support a libertarian candidate, 5 percent of the electorate would support a candidate affiliated with the No Labels movement, and 4 percent of the electorate would support a candidate representing the Green Party, according to the survey.
When polling respondents about their preferred Green Party candidate, pollsters refrained from mentioning West’s name.
In a July interview with The Atlantic, West refuted the assertion that he was poised to become a disruptive force.
‘I would say that most of the people who vote for me would not have voted for Biden,’ he asserted. ‘They would have probably stayed home.’
A further source of concern for the Biden administration is the indication from polling data that the Democratic electorate desires a greater variety of options as the 2024 election approaches.
A majority of Democratic-leaning individuals, 62 percent, favor an alternative candidate to run instead of Biden, according to an ABC News poll.
A majority of 59 percent of Democratic primary respondents surveyed by NBC News expressed a desire for a Democratic primary contest against Biden in the future year.
With no opposition, only 36 percent of respondents indicated a preference for Biden, who is 80 years old.
In contrast, preceding the 2020 election, a mere 37 percent of Republican primary voters expressed a desire for Trump to confront opposition, whilst 59 percent of GOP primary voters shown contentment with his selection as the party’s candidate.
Biden has attracted the interest of two candidates who lack prior government experience.
Marianne Williamson, a prominent figure in the self-help industry, has declared her Democratic Party candidacy. Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who is renowned for his vaccine skepticism, has also aligned himself with the Democratic Party, gaining more support from reactionary factions than from the Democratic electorate as a whole.
According to recent polling data, the incumbent president maintains a substantial advantage over both Kennedy and Williamson, with a margin of over 50 points and approximately 60 points, respectively.
Therefore, the president’s Democratic supporters are more concerned about the possibility of a third-party challenger emerging during the general election.
According to a Biden confidant interviewed by NBC News, ‘With a tight election, every vote counts.’
‘Is it in the back of many people’s brains? Absolutely. Do we have to be careful as we move out? Yes, we do,’ the source went on.
According to a separate source, President Biden himself has voiced concern regarding the issue.
In an interview published on Monday, Minnesota Democrat Representative Dean Phillips expressed his willingness to run against President Joe Biden in the 2024 election. Phillips cited concerns about the current president’s electability and the lack of primary opponents as factors influencing his consideration.
Phillips has engaged in conversations with Democratic donors who are actively pursuing an alternative to Biden, and he has emerged as one of the most outspoken Democratic opponents of the president’s reelection campaign. Despite Phillips’ apparent reluctance to confront Biden during an interview with the Minneapolis Star Tribune in late August, the congressman told podcaster Steve Schmidt that he is “thinking about it.”
“It’s important for Democracy to have choices, to have competition, particularly in light of what I’m reading — the polling, the data — and what I’m sensing in my own intuition. And I’m concerned,” explained Phillips. “I’m concerned that there is no alternative. I’m concerned that something could happen between now and next November that would make the Democratic Convention in Chicago an unmitigated disaster. And for a party that is acting as the adults in the room, thank goodness, I’m concerned that we are not as it relates to our electoral strategy. So I’m considering it.”