In a tweet on Friday, former Obama advisor David Axelrod warned of the possibility of President Biden’s reelection plans. “A major red flag was raised by David Axelrod, a previous adviser to Barack Obama while he was president, about Joe Biden’s intentions to run for re-election in 2024.
In the Saturday New York Times, the former Obama adviser said that Biden’s remarks appeared in a story about the growing number of prominent Democrats concerned about his leadership.
Biden’s age, in particular, concerned Axelrod. He said that if Biden wins reelection, he would be nearly 90 years old by the end of his second term.
“The presidency is a incredibly demanding job, and the harsh fact is that by the end of a second term, the president would be closer to 90 than 80, which would be a major problem,” said Axelrod.
“I’m a great believer in fate,” Biden said. “Many times, fate has taken control of my life. If I am in good health now and if I am at my best, then, yes, I will run again.”
Questions about the president’s health have become increasingly frequent among Biden’s detractors. The president’s critics focus on his changing mental clarity and inconsistent displays of physical energy.
The worries coming from Democrats about Biden’s ability to lead as Commander in Chief are growing louder, as Democrats become increasingly concerned about the 2022 midterms, in which Republicans are anticipated to retake control of at least one chamber of Congress.
If Biden does not seek re-election, there is a long list of rising stars that will likely compete for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in 2020. It’s probable that one of these individuals will be former rivals of Biden’s who became part of his 2020 administration, including Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of Transportation Peter Buttigieg.
It’s been suggested that Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) may mount another presidential bid for the Democratic Party.
Biden’s declining poll numbers will continue to fuel speculation about whether he will seek reelection as president.
According to a recent Morning Consult/Politico poll, only 37 percent of Democrats “strongly approve” of Biden’s job as president.
According to a Quinnipiac poll conducted at roughly the same period, just 33% of American adults approve of Biden’s performance.
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