President Joe Biden’s recent comments during a closed-door fundraiser have sparked discussions about his potential decision to step aside in favor of the next generation of Democratic leadership if former President Donald Trump had not launched a comeback bid for the White House.
While Biden’s aides have attempted to clarify his remarks, some believe that his comment is unlikely to motivate Democrats and independent voters to support him in 2024.
“I don’t think this is a question of where his heart is but what or who he sees as having the best chance to beat Trump,” Hankin said. (Trending: Joe Biden Admits He’s ‘Not Sure’ About Running If Trump Wasn’t)
Says the candidate with lower approval figures and losing to Trump in every poll of consequence.
It’s downright delusional. https://t.co/8AqTeoZ59r
— Dean Phillips (@deanbphillips) December 5, 2023
“I tend to agree that Biden is one of the better candidates to run against Trump.”
“If Trump had decided not to run, I feel that Biden would have announced it is time to pass the torch to the next generation,” he said.
“Joe Biden ran in 2020 to stop Donald Trump. He did,” Democratic strategist Mary Anne Marsh stated.
“Joe Biden is running again in 2024 to stop Donald Trump again. It’s that simple.”
“Frankly, Trump is proving to be an even greater threat than we knew in 2019 given the violence we saw as part of his efforts to overthrow the 2020 election and just last night saying he’d rule as a dictator on Day One,” Democratic strategist Karen Finney said.
Despite Biden’s insistence that he can defeat Trump again, some Democrats, including primary challenger Rep. Dean Phillips, have criticized his stance as “downright delusional,” citing lower approval figures and losing to Trump in polls.
Pollster David Paleologos believes Biden is “ignoring the polling data” and that having your rationale for campaigning being “to prevent someone else from winning shows a genuine lack of interest and a reluctance to lay out a vision of progressive policies to improve life over the next four years.”
“No two elections exactly replicate, and in 2020, voters wanted a calmer alternative to Trump who would work with the other major party,” the Suffolk University Political Research Center director said.
“This year, Biden’s ‘boogeyman’ message about another Trump presidency doesn’t appear to be resonating or connecting with voters at this point because voters have lived through and survived both presidencies.”
“If Trump, for whatever reason, falters or steps aside, I expect Biden will bow out, not because his heart is not in being president but because his priority is to ensure Trump never ascends to the presidency again,” he said.
“I also believe Biden would step aside if he ever comes to believe he is not the best hope to keep Trump out.”
“Would you be running for president if Trump wasn’t running?” a reporter pressed Biden.
“I expect so, but look, he is running, and I have to run,” Biden said.
“Would you drop out if Trump drops out?” another asked.
“No, not now,” Biden replied.