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Liberal Think Tank Sounds The Alarm On ‘Nightmare Scenario’ For Biden In 2024

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A Democrat-leaning think tank is sounding the alarm on a potential issue for President Joe Biden that could cost him the presidency. The liberal think tank Third Way said they believe a third-party organization could pose a threat to the president as it would assist the Republican nominee to achieve victory.

A centrist political organization known as “No Labels” has proposed having a third party ticket that would be bipartisan and the think tank believes it would peel more voters from President Biden, The Daily Caller reported.

The No Labels group has proposed the idea because it believes that the president and the Republican nominee will be “unacceptable.”

“Rather than producing a third-party ticket that would defy the overwhelming odds and win, No Labels is on track to field a spoiler who would re-elect Trump or a Trump-like Republican,” the think tank said. “No Labels is arguing this is a unique historical moment that gives their ‘unity ticket’ a real shot at winning the White House. But that is an illusion. The data and historical evidence are clear: no third-party candidate would come close to winning.”

No Labels believes their moderate candidate has an opportunity to win and serves as an “insurance policy” against extremes on either side for the 2024 election, according to the memo. Third Way insists this is not a possibility, and instead, it will contribute to Biden’s defeat

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“If the two presidential nominees in 2024 decide to placate the extreme voices in their respective parties — there will be a once-in-a-generation opening for a centrist candidate to run and win the White House,” No Labels told Politico in a statement.

No Labels is targeting blue states and believes its candidate could win in Connecticut, Washington, Minnesota, and Delaware, the president’s home state, according to the memo. Third-party voters from the 2016 election went for Biden in 2020 but now will have a more moderate candidate to vote for in 2024, the memo states.

The third-party organization believes that Biden and Trump are both extreme members of their respective parties, and their “unity ticket” is aimed at a rematch between the two, and Third Way said Biden is a “moderate” candidate, according to the memo.

“Definitely people are thinking about how to prevent that nightmare scenario,” a national Democratic strategist said.

It comes after Biden got another round of horrible news after a string of polls found that voters do not want him to run for re-election in 2024.

A brand new Yahoo News/YouGov poll found that a majority of registered voters believe Biden is “too old for another term” in office. Almost seven out of 10 voters (68%) admitted that the 80-year-old president’s age is a problem for them.

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Even worse, the poll shows more Democrats agree rather with that assessment. Roughly 48% of Democrat voters said Biden’s age is an issue, with just 34% saying the president’s age was not a concern for them.

The New York Post detailed more of the findings from the poll: “Eighteen percent of Democrats polled were not sure if Biden was too old for another term. Already the oldest president in US history, Biden would be 86 by the end of his second term if he were to win re-election in 2024. A majority of independents, 71%, also said that age 82 was too old to start a second term as president, which is how old Biden would be on his second Inauguration Day. Biden has not formally declared that he will run for a second term but he has said on several occasions that he intends to seek re-election.”

In early February, an AP-NORC poll found that Biden only has support from 37 percent of Democrats for a second term. Prior to the midterms last November, the same poll found that 52 percent wanted Biden to run again in 2024.

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“While Biden has trumpeted his legislative victories and ability to govern, the poll suggests relatively few U.S. adults give him high marks on either. Follow-up interviews with poll respondents suggest that many believe the 80-year-old’s age is a liability, with people focused on his coughing, his gait, his gaffes, and the possibility that the world’s most stressful job would be better suited for someone younger,” the Associated Press reported.

The AP report added:

Overall, 41% approve of how Biden is handling his job as president, the poll shows, similar to ratings at the end of last year. A majority of Democrats still approve of the job Biden is doing as president, yet their appetite for a reelection campaign has slipped despite his electoral track record. Only 22% of U.S. adults overall say he should run again, down from 29% who said so before last year’s midterm elections.

The decline among Democrats saying Biden should run again for president appears concentrated among younger people. Among Democrats age 45 and over, 49% say Biden should run for reelection, nearly as many as the 58% who said that in October. But among those under age 45, 23% now say he should run for re-election after 45% said that before the midterms.

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