Democrats expressed reservations to the Washington Post regarding President Biden’s age as the 2024 election approaches. A representative from Ohio’s Lorain County Democratic Party mentioned that concerns about Biden’s health have become increasingly common among Democratic voters given his age.
Sharon Sweda, a prominent Ohio Democrat, commented on the inevitable aging process. “Everyone faces the sands of time, but for those in their 80s, the hourglass may seem to run out more quickly. This worries some voters,” she observed.
There’s a growing apprehension among some Democrats about Biden securing the nomination, only to later face potential health issues. The prospect of him being unable to continue as the nominee after winning the nomination is seen as a major concern.
On the other hand, some Democrats downplay this issue by noting that former President Trump isn’t much younger than Biden. Current polls suggest a close race between the two leading candidates if they were to face off in 2024.
Supporters and skeptics alike within the Democratic Party believe that Biden’s chances would improve if he could shift the narrative away from his age being a focal point.
Veteran Democratic strategist, James Carville, expressed concern to the New York Times that Biden’s age could become a significant hurdle, possibly affecting voter turnout. “Consistent polling indicates a hesitation among voters,” Carville said, emphasizing the need for caution.
Minnesota’s Democratic Rep. Dean Phillips voiced his preference for candidates who might not have the age-related risks associated with President Biden.
Meanwhile, Washington Post columnist, David Ignatius, advised both Biden and Vice President Harris to consider stepping back from the 2024 race, despite his respect for their accomplishments. Ignatius expressed concern that their campaign might inadvertently bolster Trump’s chances.
Recent surveys depict a widening gap between Democratic leadership and the party’s voter base regarding support for Biden’s potential re-election. A CNN survey showed that a significant portion of Democratic voters hoped for another candidate, and only a minority believed in Biden’s continued ability to lead effectively.
Responding to these surveys, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre highlighted Biden’s vast experience and legislative successes during a press interaction. “The president’s wisdom and track record are testaments to his leadership,” she asserted.