A Democratic lawmaker in Congress has opposed President Joe Biden’s run for a second term in 2024. This is the first public call by a member of the president’s party to forego running, a sign of his efforts to hold on to his enthusiastic supporters.
Rep. Dean Phillips, D-Minn., appeared on WCCO’s “The Chad Hartman Show” on Friday, where he told the show’s host that he did not support Biden’s search for a second term and that he believed that the US would be better served by a fresher face in the party. Biden has been in politics for almost 50 years.
Phillips praised his party’s leader as “a man of decorum, good principles, compassion, empathy and strength” and credited him with “serving with principles and decorum at a time when we certainly needed it,” but that has not dissuaded him from his belief that the Democrats need newer leaders.
Those criticisms didn’t stop with President Biden, who will turn 82 in 2024. In his interview, Phillips also pointed to other members of the Democratic leadership in his group, to whom he seemed to suggest that they also make room for newer members.
In the House of Representatives, the most senior members of the Democrats are all 80 years of age or older. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is 82, as is second-in-command Democratic Rep. Jim Clyburn, DS.C. Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., is a year older than both at 83.
“I’m part of a faction here in Congress where three top leaders are in their 80s, where the president will be in their 80s by the next election. And I think it’s time for a generational change,” Phillips said.
Biden has already committed to running for re-election, but Phillips’ comments exposed the difficulties he faces in keeping his party together. Due to low approval ratings amid high inflation and weaker economic growth, Biden has seen his brand deteriorate among fellow Democrats.
A New York Times/Siena College in early July found that 64% of Democratic voters said they would prefer a candidate other than Biden, compared to 26% who stuck with him. A separate poll by CNN earlier this week found that 75% of Democratic and Pro-Democratic voters said they would prefer a candidate other than Biden.
Noting Biden’s weaknesses, Democratic political activists have been scouting for potential replacement candidates for 2024. After several mass shootings and the fall of Roe v. Wade over the past month, other Democrats have made it a point to speak more forcefully than the president on these issues, moves observers see as designed to illustrate contrast with Biden.
https://www.ibtimes.com.au/biden-should-not-seek-re-election-says-democratic-lawmaker-congress-1835997?utm_source=Public&utm_medium=Feed&utm_campaign=Distribution Biden shouldn’t seek re-election, says Democratic lawmaker in Congress