David Axelrod Raises Doubts About Joe Biden's 2024 Presidential Run
David Axelrod raises doubts about Joe Biden's 2024 presidential run. The former adviser to President Obama has suggested that it might be prudent for President Biden to consider not running for re-election in 2024. This recommendation comes on the heels of a recent poll that shows President Biden trailing former President Trump by as much as 10 points in five crucial battleground states that he won in the 2020 election.
The New York Times-Siena College pollrevealed that Trump is ahead of Biden by 10 points in Nevada, six points in Georgia, and five points in both Arizona and Michigan. In Pennsylvania, Trump has a four-point lead, while in Wisconsin, Biden maintains a two-point advantage over Trump. It's worth noting that Biden emerged victorious in all six of these states during the 2020 election.
Axelrod's concerns stem from the potential risk of Trump defeating Biden in the 2024 presidential race and whether it would be in the country's best interests for Biden to be the Democratic Party's nominee once again.
"Only @JoeBiden can make this decision. If he continues to run, he will be the nominee of the Democratic Party. What he needs to decide is whether that is wise; whether it's in HIS best interest or the country's?" Axelrod asked in a thread on X.
Axelrod acknowledged that it's getting late in the game for the Democratic Party to introduce another candidate, but he expressed concern that this poll serves as an ominous sign for the party.
It's very late to change horses; a lot will happen in the next year that no one can predict & Biden's team says his resolve to run is firm. He's defied CW before but this will send tremors of doubt thru the party--not ‘bed-wetting,’ but legitimate concern.- David Axelrod
According to Axelrod, President Biden's "greatest vulnerability" among voters is his age. Although he should rightfully take pride in his achievements, Axelrod argued that the nation cannot afford to gamble with the possibility of losing to Trump in the upcoming election, given the high stakes involved.
"The @POTUS is justly proud of his accomplishments. Trump is a dangerous, unhinged demagogue whose brazen disdain for the rules, norms, laws and institutions or democracy should be disqualifying. But the stakes of miscalculation here are too dramatic to ignore," he warned.
The recent poll has uncovered a range of alarming indicators for the Democratic Party that extend beyond concerns about Biden's age. According to The Times, there is a noteworthy development in Trump's support among Black voters, with an unprecedented 22% of this demographic favoring him over Biden across the six states.
Furthermore, a significant majority of voters across various income levels have expressed that they felt personally impacted by the president's policies and, by a substantial margin, trust Trump more than Biden in terms of managing the economy.
"Discontent pulsates throughout the Times/Siena poll, with a majority of voters saying Mr. Biden’s policies have personally hurt them." "The survey also reveals the extent to which the multiracial and multigenerational coalition that elected Mr. Biden is fraying. Demographic groups that backed Mr. Biden by landslide margins in 2020 are now far more closely contested, as two-thirds of the electorate sees the country moving in the wrong direction."
Democratic strategist James Carville has issued a cautionary message to his party, expressing concerns about President Biden's challenging outlook for the 2024 election. Carville remarked that voters appear to be unenthusiastic about having Biden as the nominee.
Recently, Axios reported that prominent figures within the Democratic Party were discreetly increasing their national visibility, possibly positioning themselves for a presidential bid in either 2028 or 2024 if President Biden were to unexpectedly withdraw from the race. Notable names on this list include California Governor Gavin Newsom, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, and New Jersey Senator Cory Booker.