The article discusses concerns among Democrats about President Biden’s low approval ratings and questions about his age.
A recent poll showed that only 39 percent of adults approve of Biden’s job performance, and a significant majority believe he lacks the stamina and sharpness needed for the presidency. Despite these concerns, most Democrats expect Biden, who is 80 years old, to be the party’s nominee in the 2024 election.
The article explores five potential alternatives to Biden in 2024:
- Vice President Kamala Harris: While Harris is the natural successor to Biden as the incumbent vice president, her own approval ratings are not significantly better than his. Some Democrats worry that she may struggle in crucial battleground states and remember her underwhelming 2020 presidential campaign.
- California Governor Gavin Newsom: Newsom had previously hinted at a possible primary challenge to Biden but has since toned down his criticism. He is known for his progressive advocacy but may face challenges due to his association with California liberalism.
- Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg: Buttigieg, a former rival of Biden in the 2020 primaries, is seen as a mainstream Democrat with intelligence and communication skills. However, he has faced criticism from Republicans and concerns about his performance with Black voters.
- Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer: Whitmer is known for her practical problem-solving approach and her strong stance on abortion rights. She won a decisive reelection and has been the subject of speculation about a potential presidential bid.
- Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC): AOC, known for her progressive advocacy and appeal to younger voters, has expressed support for Biden but could be a significant contender if he does not run in 2024. However, she faces criticism from both the right and centrist factions within the Democratic Party.
Each of these potential alternatives has its own strengths and weaknesses, and it remains uncertain who would emerge as the Democratic nominee if Biden were not to run in 2024.