If Not Biden, Which Democrats Could Run for President in 2024?
President Joe Biden is not Democrats' consensus pick to represent the party in the 2024 presidential election. Who might replace him to lead the party?
Biden has said he'll run again in 2024, but he appears to lack majority support from the party, with some voters concerned about his age or disillusioned with his performance as president. A CNN (Left bias) poll published Wednesday says that 75% of Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters want the party to nominate someone other than Biden in 2024, a sharp increase from earlier this year. Twenty-five percent said they'd prefer Biden as the nominee, a drop from 45% when CNN did the same poll in January/February. Despite Biden's waning popularity, there's no clear-cut alternative. Vice President Kamala Harris and Democratic Governors J.B. Pritzker (Ill.) and Gavin Newsom (Calif.) are the early front-runners, and some have already engaged with potential donors. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who all ran in 2020, are also possible replacements.
Democrats' 2024 prospects are already a big story across the spectrum. Some analyses from left-rated outlets highlighted voices who said Biden would likely still win the party's nomination if he ran. One opinion from Kevin Williamson at National Review (Right bias) criticized Democrats for failing to have a clear back-up plan for Biden, and framed the party's talent pool as old and scarce.
Featured Coverage of this Story
From the CenterDemocrats cast around for 2024 alternatives to Biden
Democratic gloom is deepening as the party looks toward November’s midterms and beyond.
The bleak outlook is engendered in part by a grim political environment marked by historically high inflation, elevated gas prices and pandemic fatigue.
But the Democratic depression is sharpened by concerns over whether President Biden is really the man for the moment, given his advancing age — he turns 80 in November — and his preference for consensus-building over the frontal political combat many in his party would prefer.
Yet, for all that, Biden has one sizable factor weighing...
From the LeftIf not Biden, then who?
Is Biden running?
He says he is.
Earlier this month, the 79-year-old president rejected the idea that a large majority of his own party's voters don't want him on the ballot in 2024 when a reporter cited poll numbers that showed only 26 percent of Democrats want Biden to be the nominee. "Read the polls, Jack!" Biden said. "You guys are all the same. That poll showed that 92 percent of Democrats, if I ran, would vote for me."
This statement was somewhat misleading: 92 percent said they would vote for Biden in...
From the RightThe Descent of Democratic Man
Why don’t the Democrats have better leaders?
We know why the Republicans don’t have better leaders: The GOP turned itself into a Donald Trump personality cult, and would-be alternatives such as Ron DeSantis of Florida haven’t figured out how to get out from under the considerable shadow of the former president. Republicans may find some focus if, as expected, they have a good election in November. William Munny might have made a good political analyst: “Deserve’s got nothin’ to do with it.”
But you’d think the Democratic Party would at least...
June 4th, 2023
June 3rd, 2023
Discuss & Debate elections
Civic Synergy Leadership ProgramJune 07 at 4pm PT / 7pm ET Civic Synergy