A few Democrats in Congress have begun to voice concerns about whether President Joe Biden should seek a second term.
The matters were initially mulled in private, but a few are now beginning to voice that maybe Biden, the oldest person to ever occupy the Oval Office, ought to choose retirement over re-election.
Biden has been hit with inflation and a myriad of other crises. His approval rating currently sits at 38 percent, after holding 50 percent since May, but inflation has dropped the ratings.
In November 2021, the White House said that Biden will plan to run for re-election in 2024.
Now a pair of Democratic representatives from Minnesota have said that they believe someone new should step up to the plate for the 2024 presidential elections. While they applauded Biden’s decency and service, they said it was time for generational change.
Representatives Dean Phillips and Angie Craig said in separate press interviews that it was time for a new candidate.
“The country would be well served by a new generation of compelling, well-prepared, dynamic Democrats to step up,” Democratic Representative Dean Phillips said in a radio interview for Minneapolis station WCCO.
Democratic Representative Angie Craig on Tuesday said she is “in lockstep and alignment” with Phillips.
Recent public opinion polls have found similar views among Democratic voters.
A poll released in July by the New York Times/Siena College found that 64 percent of Democrats would like a new candidate in 2024.
And even more recently, a CNN poll last week released last week found an even higher 75 percent of Democrats hold that view.
Party activists normally rally around their president, especially if he is signaling to seek a second term. And experts say that the Democrats may do so if former President Donald Trump, 76, decides to run again in 2024, a possibility he has been publicly flirting.
“The hunger for a new generation of leadership is showing. But the hunger to beat Trump will always matter more. Biden is still the only name on the list of Republicans or Democrats who’ve done it,” noted Matt McAlvanah, a former Obama administration, and Senate leadership official.