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Two Congressional Democrats have called on President Joe Biden not to campaign for the presidency again in 2024.
Democrat Minnesota Reps. Dean Phillips and Rep. Angie Craig have become the highest-ranked elected members of the party to call for President Biden to be replaced.
“I have respect for Joe Biden. I think he has — despite some mistakes and some missteps, despite his age, I think he’s a man of decency, of good principle, of compassion, of empathy, and of strength. But to answer your question directly, which I know is quite rare, uh no, I don’t (want Biden as the candidate),” Phillips said in a radio interview last week.
“I think the country would be well served by a new generation of compelling, well-prepared, dynamic Democrats who step up,” he said.
And when he was asked if he would support Biden in 2024 he said, “No.”
“I think Dean Phillips and I are in lockstep and alignment with that, and I’m going to do everything in my power as a member of Congress to make sure that we have a new generation of leadership,” Craig said to The MinnPost.
On Tuesday Rep. Carolyn Maloney said she does not believe that Biden will be the Democrat candidate for president in 2024, CNN reported.
“I don’t believe he’s running for reelection,” she said.
Her opponent, Rep. Jerry Nadler said it’s “too early to say” and that it “doesn’t serve the purpose of the Democratic Party” to talk about the president’s future until after the midterms.
A new poll shows that a whopping half of Democrat voters do not want him to campaign again for the presidency in 2024, a USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll showed on Friday, The Daily Caller reported.
The poll showed that a mere 39% of voters approve of Biden’s performance so far, and 69% of all voters, which includes 50% of democrats, want him to run for president again in 2024.
The top alternatives for Democratic voters were Vice President Kamala Harris and Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, each of whom was the top choice of 18% of Democrats, and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, who reeled in 16%.
The most important issues for Democratic voters were abortion, which 27% said was their priority, and the economy, which 12% said was their top issue.
The news was also frightening for former President Donald Trump, but not to the same extent among his own base.
It showed that 68% of voters polled did not want him to run again, but only a third of Republicans felt that way about him.
A former adviser to then-President Barack Obama has become the latest Democrat to cast doubt about President Joe Biden’s political viability to be reelected in 2024.
Biden has said repeatedly that he intends to run again but increasingly, Democrats are casting doubt about his chances as his approval rating has sunk into the mid-30s in many recent polls.
That includes Obama adviser David Axelrod, who appeared on CNN Tuesday with dismal news about Biden’s re-election prospects.
In particular, Axelrod was asked about a recent poll indicating that 75 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters said they do not want Biden to run again in 2024, according to Newsweek.
Responding, the former Obama whisperer said that a “time will come when these numbers have to be accounted for, and he’s going to have to make a decision” on whether he wants to run for reelection.
“I mean, obviously, this is a very unhappy bit of data for him. I’m sure, you know, it is concerning,” Axelrod said.
“But we should point out that he’s got two and a half years before the next election, or a little less than two and a half years, so you can over — you can get overly focused on one number. But there are a series of numbers that are not good for his overall approval rating,” Axelrod added.
His comments come amid abysmal polling for both Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, as well as a Democrat-controlled Congress — all of whom are being blamed for massive inflation triggering record-high gas prices, food costs, housing, and other commodities. In addition, shortages of baby formula, tampons, and other consumer goods are adding to economic anxieties along with a chaotic southwestern border.