Biden faces age concerns but ‘also knows he can beat Trump’

Biden faces age concerns but ‘also knows he can beat Trump’
Biden faces age concerns but ‘also knows he can beat Trump’
  • The oldest president of the United States turns 80 on Sunday, becoming the first octogenarian in the Oval Office.
  • Biden’s allies say his demonstrated ability to defeat Trump cannot be overlooked.
  • But polls show that many Americans are looking for different — and younger — leadership.
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As his contemporaries in the House pass the torch to a new generation of Democratic leaders, President Joe Biden faces a monumental decision on whether to follow suit or continue in 2024, as his “predecessor” and enemy juror just won’t go a way.

Biden, the oldest president in the United States, turns 80 on Sunday, also making him the first octogenarian in office. He will no doubt enjoy some family time at a brunch his wife Jill will host, a day after her granddaughter’s wedding on the South Lawn of the White House.

But the president and first lady will soon begin to seriously discuss his next steps, just as polls indicate that many Americans are looking for different — and younger — leadership.

Despite Biden’s objections, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, 82, announced Thursday that she would not seek re-election to the Democratic leadership in the next Congress because “the time has come for a new generation.” .

Biden has spent half a century in federal politics and public life, but his time may not have come, for reasons that include former president and now 2024 presidential candidate Donald Trump.

“He knows he can beat Trump,” Jim Moran, a former House Democrat from Virginia, told Insider. “As long as Trump remains a viable Republican nominee, Joe wants to be there representing the values ​​of not just the Democratic Party, but the broad American working class who don’t relate easily to what they think are too liberal, too wide-awake elitists. urban in big cities.”

If Biden felt the Republican electorate was moving away from Trump toward a different candidate, “that could possibly influence Joe’s decision,” he said.

When faced with questions about his age, Biden likes to say “look at me.”

“Someone said my birthday was coming up, and I said, ‘No, it has to be someone else,'” he joked at a political rally this month in New York.

Biden also said on the Willie Moore Jr. show that he “can’t even say that number, 80.”

“I’m serious,” he said. “I don’t feel that any more than I would… get out from behind that desk and fly away.”

Biden has said he intends to run for office again, though he often adds the caveat that he is a “big acceptor of fate.” He said he expected to make a decision early next year.

“It is, ultimately, a family decision,” he said at a November 9 news conference. “I think everyone wants me to show up… We’ll discuss it. And I don’t feel… pressured one way or the other… to make that judgment today, tomorrow, anytime, whatever – my predecessor does.”

Biden has made it clear that he sees the twice-impeached president, who is the subject of state and federal investigations, and his MAGA supporters as a threat to democracy. As Trump trashed Biden during the announcement of his third presidential candidacy, Biden responded with a video detailing the weak spots in Trump’s record on

“Donald Trump has failed America.”

Biden’s sense of obligation to run for re-election “would be even greater” with Trump in the race, given what he would be if he were re-elected, a Biden friend and former staffer said. who declined to be named to speak frankly. “The obligation would be cataclysmic, existential, monumental,” the friend told Insider in an August interview.

Most Democrats and Republicans, including independents who lean toward those parties, do not see Biden or Trump as their party’s strongest candidates for 2024, according to a recent Marist poll. And a Reuters/Ipsos poll this month found 46% of Democrats said Biden may not be up to the challenge of running in 2024 while 26% said the same of Trump, who is 76 years old. The poll found that 86% of Americans think the threshold for being president should be 75 or younger.

Democrats appear more confident in Biden and his leadership than they were before the midterm elections, though the question of his age will continue to act as a “headwind”, said Chris Jackson, vice -senior president at Ipsos, to Insider. “There’s no counterforce from the left saying, ‘No, it’s good that we have this older gentleman as president’ to push against the right, saying, ‘No, he’s too old'” , he said.

On Friday, the progressive “Don’t Run Joe” campaign released a birthday message for Biden, urging him not to seek re-election. The group, which opposes him based on his professional performance, says he started raising awareness in New Hampshire and will expand to other primary states.

But Biden’s allies have long said his known ability to defeat Trump cannot be overlooked.

“If our goal is to win, then going with the guy who knows how to beat Donald Trump is a pretty smart game,” Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, told Insider.

Moran, for his part, said, “Age is a state of mind.”

“As long as this country moves forward, does the right thing at home and abroad, I don’t care how old it is,” he added.

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