As the midterm elections and 2024 approach, President Joe Biden’s age is beginning to weigh on the minds of more Democrats.
Democrats such as David Axelrod, President Barack Obama’s chief strategist, are raising concerns about what might happen if Biden, 79, decides to run for president again in 2024. Biden is already under fire for gaffes and misstatements that many blame on his age, and he would be 86 at the end of a second term.
Axelrod cited his age as “part of the reason” some voters are hesitant to recognize his accomplishments, which supporters say include the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, passage of a comprehensive infrastructure plan, and rallying support for Ukraine in the face of Russia’s invasion.
Despite concerns about his age, the president has stated several times that he intends to run for reelection. However, polls indicate that he may face a close election.
“The presidency is a monstrously taxing job and the stark reality is the president would be closer to 90 than 80 at the end of a second term, and that would be a major issue,” Axelrod told the New York Times.
Axelrod is flanked by a group of Democrats who are grateful for Biden’s victory over former President Donald Trump in 2020, but want younger leadership in 2024.
Biden’s poll numbers aren’t helping either, with the president’s approval rating hitting new lows.
Some Democratic Party stars are already breaking with Biden ahead of the midterm elections and 2024. On Sunday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, refused to say whether she would vote for President in 2024.
You can watch her response in the video below – –
"[Biden] is saying he's gonna run again in 2024. Will you support him?"
ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ: "We'll take a look at it. Ha ha ha." pic.twitter.com/ztJJe55vJv
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) June 12, 2022