MSNBC host Joe Scarborough revealed Wednesday that every Democrat he speaks with privately questions why President Joe Biden is running for re-election.
Speaking with Washington Post columnist David Ignatius about his column arguing that neither Biden nor Vice President Kamala Harris should run for re-election, Scarborough shared a personal anecdote supporting the thesis of Ignatius’ column.
According to Scarborough, while Democrats publicly support Biden, behind closed doors, they are questioning his re-election campaign because of his age and unpopularity.
“Mika and I, everybody we talk to, every political discussion — it talks a lot about Trump, but when it comes to Joe Biden, people say, ‘Man, he’s too old to run, isn’t he? He’s not really going to run?'” Scarborough revealed.
“When I say every discussion, I don’t mean 99% of the discussion. Every discussion,” he emphasized. “I asked Reverend Al if he was hearing it all the time on our show this past week. He’s hearing it as well.”
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The private admissions, Scarborough went on to say, show that Democrats are doing exactly what they have criticized Republicans of doing regarding Donald Trump.
“So, you know, we often will complain about Republicans who will say one thing about Donald Trump off the air and another on air,” he said. “Well, let me just say: Democrats, off the air, will say, ‘Joe Biden’s too old. Why is he running?’ On the air? They won’t say that.”
Poll after poll have confirmed what Ignatius fears and Scarborough spoke about.
The latest CNN poll, for example, found that a whopping two-thirds of Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters want someone other that Biden to be the Democratic nominee in 2024. Their concern with Biden? His age, health, mental sharpness, and overall ability to carry out his presidential duties.
That poll came on the heels of an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey that found that 69% of Democratic voters believe Biden is “too old.”
The problem for Democrats is: if Biden is too old and too unpopular to win re-election, who can they nominate to give them a serious shot at retaining the White House?
For their part, Scarborough and Ignatius admitted they cannot name a single Democrat prepared for that task.
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