(TheRedWire.com) – In the current political landscape, the Democratic Party faces a unique challenge with President Joe Biden at its helm. As of now, there’s no clear alternative strategy if President Biden, for any reason, decides not to run for reelection in 2024. Such a situation could potentially lead to a tumultuous internal struggle within the party.
President Biden, despite facing criticism about his age and declining poll numbers, remains committed to his reelection bid. This commitment was evident when he announced his candidacy in April, effectively dissuading other significant Democratic contenders from entering the race. However, this leaves the party in a precarious position should Biden choose to withdraw, especially as key primary deadlines in states like Nevada, South Carolina, and Georgia have already passed.
Biden’s supporters, citing his accomplishments in office, are confident in his candidacy against the likely Republican nominee, Donald Trump, whom Biden previously defeated in the 2020 election. However, if Biden, who would be 81 at the time of the election, were to withdraw, the party faces a range of options, including selecting a new nominee at their convention next August or even later, as per party regulations.
Discussions with various current and former officials reveal a consensus: while they support Biden’s success, there’s an underlying concern about potential upheaval should he step down due to health issues or other reasons. Vice President Kamala Harris, despite being Biden’s running mate, wouldn’t automatically become the party’s lead candidate; she would have the advantage of their joint campaign infrastructure, but it’s expected that other Democrats would also enter the fray.
A senior Democrat bluntly stated, “There is no Plan B.” If Biden were to step aside suddenly, it could trigger a flood of candidates entering the race. Furthermore, setting up a presidential campaign and meeting upcoming ballot deadlines in key states like California, Illinois, and Michigan require substantial time and resources.
Despite some internal concerns, Democratic officials publicly stand united behind President Biden. Meanwhile, Donald Trump, aged 77 and the frontrunner for the Republican nomination, also faces scrutiny over his age and legal challenges. The Republican field, however, has several candidates vying for the nomination, providing the party with alternatives should Trump withdraw. Trump leads in most polls, despite the challenges he faces.
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