Democratic, Republican strategists sound off on Biden’s viability ahead of the 2024 election
The White House made it clear this week that President Biden plans to run for reelection in 2024, but questions and concerns continue to mount over whether Biden will receive support for another term from some leading members in the Democratic Party.
Questions also remain about how active Biden will campaign for his party’s candidates in the midterms, and whether Democrats will even want his help, if offered. To date, the president has only endorsed three congressional candidates, including Rep. Kurt Schrader – who lost his primary election to progressive Democrat Jamie McLeod-Skinner.
To better understand how these questions are playing out in Washington, TOU contacted political experts from both sides of the aisle to get their take.
Here’s what they had to say:
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Christy Setzer, Democratic strategist and founder of New Heights Communications:
“I don’t think anyone’s talking seriously about a replacement for President Biden. There are genuine questions about what it means to have a President who’s approaching 80, and that would be true of Donald Trump in 2024 as well as President Biden. But so As long as he can keep doing the job and wants to, I don’t see those conversations going anywhere substantive. ”
“No doubt, Biden is a pull on candidates in the field right now, who – unless they’re in very blue districts – are running away from Washington rather than running toward it. That extends to who they want on the campaign trail with them. That said, it may very well be a mistake. There is such a clear contrast between the AR-15-loving, abortion-criminalizing GOP right now, and sanity in the Democratic Party. Why wouldn’t candidates lean in on that? ”
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Mike Shields, founder of Convergence Media and former RNC chief of staff:
“Joe Biden has no actual base of support. Who are the Biden Democrats who have been pining for him all these years? The left-wing acceded to his desires so long as he did what they wanted and was seen as a competent alternative. He tried very hard at the first and clearly failed miserably at the second. ”
Democrats are running from Joe Biden like scalded dogs. Joe Biden’s presidency is an utter disaster with crises from baby formula to gas prices to retirement funds disappearing. And the voters are in a mood to punish him for it. Just this week, Mayra Flores , an outstanding candidate in Texas’ 34th congressional district, became the first Republican to flip a majority-Hispanic Democratic seat in South Texas in over 100 years. This same congressional seat was won by former Democratic Rep. Filemon Vela by 13 points in 2020. Joe Biden will preside over historic losses for his party this year. ”
Kevin Walling, Democratic political strategist and Vice President of HGCreative:
“In 1982, many Republicans said the same thing about Ronald Reagan and in 1994, Bill Clinton faced similar calls even before the 1994 midterms. Both incumbent presidents – one Republican and one Democrat would go on to win landslide elections. I think we have a Democrats tend to complain and wring our hands when the leader of our party shows even a small drop in the polls or any kind of adversity in public opinion, rather than rallying behind our president like Republicans do. ”
Former President Trump has decided that in order to continue to flex his control over the GOP and to settle perceived grievances with members of his own party, he must get involved in GOP primaries. This strategy has already been born out mixed results, as we saw. in South Carolina just this past week. President Biden, like the majority of his predecessors hasn’t gotten involved in primary elections, instead focusing on the general in November for Team Blue. Every leading Democrat in competitive senate and governor races from Pennsylvania to North Carolina, Ohio to Texas has said they want the president on the ground stumping for their campaign. It’s an incredibly powerful image when Air Force One comes to town and there’s no better fired up campaign surrogate than Joe Biden.
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Lisa Boothe, Republican political strategist and a TOU contributor:
“[The Democrats] have no choice but to cut him loose. He’s the worst president potentially in history. He’s turned our beautiful country into an absolute dumpster fire. Americans were sold a lemon with Joe Biden. The promise was normalcy. Instead, it’s been self-inflicted disaster after another and complete chaos. It’s easy to see why they hid him in the basement during the 2020 election. ”
“He’s radioactive. Everything he touches turns into a flaming pile of garbage. Who wants the endorsement of a guy with a 33% approval rating? Putin’s endorsement is probably more popular at this point.”
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The comments provided to TOU Digital in this article are part of a new weekend series where strategists from across the political spectrum are asked the same few questions related to political hot topics and are provided with an opportunity to offer their perspective.