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Top Democrats continue to echo the sentiment of pundits and pollsters across the spectrum who say that President Joe Biden is too old to run for re-election in 2024, with one comparing him to a ‘grandpa CEO.’
Biden, 80, is already the oldest president in the nation’s history. In recent weeks, polls have shown an overwhelming majority of Americans say he is too old to run again.
That sentiment has been reflected by pundits, in everyone from New York Times conservative columnist Ross Douthat to liberals like the Washington Post’s David Ignatius and HBO’s Bill Maher.
Philip Levine, the former Democratic mayor of Miami Beach, was the only person to put his name to a story that cited a dozen top Democrats who said Biden could lose to Trump in 2024.
‘It is a little bit like your grandfather running the company and you know that he’s at a point now where the heirs could suffer value if we don’t change management at the top,’
Top Democrats continue to echo the sentiment of pundits and pollsters across the spectrum who say that President Joe Biden is too old to run for re-election in 2024, with one comparing him to a ‘grandpa CEO’
Philip Levine, the former Democratic mayor of Miami Beach, was the only person to put his name to a story that cited a dozen top Democrats who said Biden could lose to Trump in 2024
Levine, who lost the Democrat nomination for governor of Florida to eventual runner-up Andrew Gillum in 2018, told the Wall Street Journal he’s edging toward supporting centrist group No Labels’ notion of a third party candidate.
He added: ‘This is very difficult. How do we get grandpa to relinquish the CEO role?’
Other anonymous sources suggested that it would be ‘irresponsible’ to not be worried about Biden’s age, noting that ‘the polling is bad. The approval ratings are bad.’
‘I want to see Bidenism continue but I think the best way to make sure that happens is to perhaps have a different candidate than Joe Biden,’ one DNC member said.
Biden campaign spokesperson Kevin Munoz defended the president in a statement.
‘In 2020, our campaign focused on real voters—not the cable news green room chatter. What matters is building a strong operation, investing in reaching our coalition, and focusing on November 2024. That strategy worked then, and it will again in 2024.’
Angie Craig, a Minnesota Congresswoman, said previously that she had concerns about Biden’s age but she will put her full support behind him.
‘Look, I said a year ago that I thought a next generation of Democrats should step forward, but if the president decided to run for re-election that I would support him. That is exactly what I’m doing.’
Levine, who lost the Democrat nomination for governor of Florida to eventual runner-up Andrew Gillum in 2018, told the Wall Street Journal he’s edging toward supporting centrist group No Labels’ notion of a third party candidate
Angie Craig, a Minnesota Congresswoman, said previously that she had concerns about Biden’s age but she will put her full support behind him
David Axelrod, the former Senior Adviser to President Barack Obama, said that it’s too late to have cold feet either way.
‘We’re almost into the election season now. There really, in my view, is not time for the kind of full-blown campaign you want to have to vet the candidates.’
‘My view of this is, this is an academic issue,’ he added. ‘Biden’s running and he’s going to be the nominee. That is just the reality.’
Maher insisted on his show Friday that President Joe Biden is capable of doing his job despite his old age but should still drop out of the Presidential race.
Maher, 67, who hosts HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher also went on and said that Biden is the ‘only democrat who can lose to Trump’.
He branded the former president as an ‘insane ball of white hot anger’ that is perceived differently than Biden, even with their four-year age difference.
‘Someone has to convince President Biden that if he runs again, he’s going to turn the country back over to Trump and go [sic] and go down in history as Ruth Bader Biden, the person who doesn’t know when to quit and so does great damage to their party and their country,’ Maher said as he opened up his show.
As he went on, Maher said: ‘To those who say he beat Trump once, he’ll do it again. I say things change. They always do. The parade moves on. 2024 is not 2020 in so many key [sic] ways, including, yes, Biden being four years older.
David Axelrod, the former Senior Adviser to President Barack Obama, said that it’s too late to have cold feet either way
On Friday’s episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, Maher addressed President Biden’s age and compared him to the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg that ‘doesn’t know when to quit and so does great damage to their party and their country’
‘You can be a national treasure and still be too old for the job. If I’m on a plane and the pilot says, “this is your captain, Buzz Aldrin.” I’m getting off.’
Maher went on and said: ‘If you ask me, do I think Joe Biden can do the job of president? My answer is an unequivocal yes. He can do the job. Do I love everything? No. But that’s every president. But government work is done in small, quiet rooms like the Oval Office.’
He then touched on Biden’s ‘generally good decisions’ like getting the US out of Afghanistan, how he handled Ukraine, kept the economy going, and more.
The TV host then made it clear that he thinks that is all that Biden is capable of, just in one term, not two.
‘Because while he can do the job, what he can’t do is run for it. Our campaign season is long and it gets icy in New Hampshire,’ said Maher.
President Biden’s age has been a hot topic since the day he took office back in 2020, and now as he runs for a second term in 2024, the topic has been used as an argument for his ability.
According to Mediaite, despite concerns with age, like Maher has, no Democrat has come up with an alternative option for President Biden.
CNN reported from a recent poll that, ‘82% of Democrats concerned about his age couldn’t name an alternative, and no candidate got more than 3 percent from those who did provide a name.’
In reference to Biden’s age, Maher said: ‘You can be a national treasure and still be too old for the job. If I’m on a plane and the pilot says, “this is your captain, Buzz Aldrin.” I’m getting off’
The New York Times and Washington Post published op-eds in September branding 80-year-old President Joe Biden as too old to run for re-election in 2024
Douthat, a conservative op-ed writer for the liberal Times, penned a piece in September titled ‘2024’s Field of Nightmares,’ a reference to the 1989 film Field of Dreams.
He said while his concerns with Biden come down to run-of-the-mill political disagreements during his first term, Democrats are playing with fire in allowing the oldest president in American history to run again.
The two risks of Biden running again, according to Douthat: ‘The high stakes of the next election, in which a health crisis or just more slippage might be the thing that puts Trump back in the White House, and the different but also substantial stakes of another four-year term.’
While Douthat argued that similar to Ronald Reagan’s second term – which was long-rumored to be served with the president in decline – Biden can ‘limp to another victory,’ he sees the current political era as telling.
He compared it to liberals praying Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg could live long enough to see a Democrat replace her, only to see her die weeks before the election, with Trump able to nominate another justice to the Supreme Court.
‘The Trump era has been one of those periods when providence or fate revenges itself more swiftly than usual on hubris – when the longstanding freedom that American parties and leaders have enjoyed, by virtue of our power and pre-eminence, to skate around our weak spots and mistakes has been substantially curtailed,’ he said.
David Ignatius wrote a similar column in the Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post with a more direct headline: ‘President Biden should not run again in 2024.’
Ignatius largely praises Biden’s first years in office, claiming the Democrat has ‘governed from the center out’ and done a good job with foreign policy in supporting Ukraine.
A whopping two-thirds of the President’s own party think he’s too old – even though he is running a 2024 reelection campaign
There is a 26 percent margin between those who think President Joe Biden, 80, is too old to serve a second term and those who think 2024 Republican frontrunner and former President Donald Trump, 77, is too old for another shot at the presidency
However, he says not just Biden but Vice President Kamala Harris should avoid running in 2024.
‘It’s painful to say that, given my admiration for much of what they have accomplished. But if he and Harris campaign together in 2024, I think Biden risks undoing his greatest achievement – which was stopping Trump.’
He cited disastrous poll numbers for Biden in terms of approval rating and the public’s opinion of his age.
Although Biden, 80, is only three years older than Donald Trump, 77, there is a 26 percent margin between those who think Biden is too old and those who think the ex-president is too old to serve another term.
A new Wall Street Journal poll taken August 24-30 and released on Monday, shows that only 36 percent of the 1,500 voters surveyed think Biden is mentally fit for office, while 46 percent think Trump is mentally competent for the job.
The latest shows that 75 percent of voters think Biden is too old, compared to just 47 percent who feel the same about Trump.
Age has become a central theme in the 2024 race for president, with candidate Nikki Haley proposing earlier this year that there should be an age limit on those who can run for the White House. She said 75 would be a good cap.