Biden getting ‘irritated’ by Democrats who won’t back him to run for reelection in 2024: Report
President Joe Biden and his allies are frustrated by a “disrespect” towards him from Democrats and the media, a New York Times report suggests
President Joe Biden and his top officials have been “annoyed” by the cold reception his projected 2024 reelection bid has received from fellow Democrats and the media, a new report on Monday suggests.
Biden, who would be 81 years old if he ran for a second time, has had a mountain of discussions early in his term about potential primary challengers compared to other first-term presidents.
Lawmakers within the president’s own party are hesitant to back him at this point. Earlier this month, firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez saying she would support a Biden 2024 campaign during an interview on CNN.
“If he walks away again, I think I – you know, I think it is – it is, we’ll look into it,” the New York Democrat said. “But right now we need to focus on getting a majority, rather than presidential elections.”
Conservative Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia wouldn’t tell either New York Times whether he would support Biden by brushing off the question with, “We’re just trying to go about our daily business, brother.”
“Trying to do what we have to do is good for the country,” said the senator, who is reported to have filed requests from wealthy donors to run as a third party candidate by 2024.
But Biden and his team see the perception that he is a “lame duck” less than halfway through his first term as a “disrespect,” the Times reports, based on anonymous conversations with people who regularly speak with the commander in chief.
The report suggests Biden’s allies believe his ability to defeat Donald Trump in 2020 is reason enough to back his candidacy, which comes amid the ex-president’s ever-increasing hints that he is seeking a third. time for office.
It cites left-wing Democratic voters’ frustration with party leaders for failing to provide an adequate response to the Supreme Court overturning federal abortion protections in Roe v. Wade.
The president’s supporters also seem wary of his low popularity, which is below 40 percent on Tuesday
Many felt that Biden and the Congressional Democrats fell short of expectations after having more than a month to prepare since the draft opinion written by Judge Samuel Alito was leaked to Politico early last month.
Progressives such as “Squad” members Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Ilhan Omar has publicly called for wide-ranging messages to “go to vote,” under pressure from the Biden administration, without presenting a more detailed plan on what Democrats can do with that support.
Biden adviser Cedric Richmond told the Times that Democrats also “put too much into these poll numbers” that reflect a favor issue that has plagued the president since about halfway through his first year in office.
According to survey aggregator FiveThirtyEight, Biden’s average popularity rating in multiple polls as of Tuesday is just 39.6 percent.
His unpopularity stands at 55.6 percent, slightly lower than the record high of 56.1 percent that Biden reached on June 26.
But Richmond brushed off his boss’s skepticism by attributing it to other Democrats simply seeing a chance to get their candidate back in the race.
He said it was “a wing in our party that wanted another candidate and I’m sure they’d be happy to have their candidate back in the mix.”
While established leaders like Senator Chuck Schumer have assured they will support Biden’s reelection bid, younger Democratic leaders like South Carolina governor nominee Joe Cunningham have called on him to pass the torch “to a new generation of leaders,” as the former Representative said. on CNN.
Lawmakers on the left-wing spectrum, from Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Senator Joe Manchin, have dodged questions about whether they would back Biden in 2-24
However, speculation surrounding a primary challenge from Biden is so widespread that even Vice President Kamala Harris was asked about it during a CNN interview Monday.
“Joe Biden is running for reelection and I will be his ticket mate,” Harris said. ‘Point. That is it.’
Monday’s report suggests the timing of Biden’s formal re-election announcement would not come before the November midterm elections, a period Trump has teased for his potential bid.
White House officials are also casting doubt on challenges alleged to lurk from current state leaders such as Illinois Governor JB Pritzker and California Governor Gavin Newsom.
They told the Times that Pritzker had given Biden advance notice ahead of a recent speech in New Hampshire, a popular haunt for presidential hopefuls, and that the popular moderate is also courting party leaders to hold the 2024 nomination convention in Chicago.
Newsom’s hype was written off as “a politician feeling his oats” after a decisive victory over opponents’ recalls.