A Democratic lawmaker reportedly said that if President Joe Biden were to become the party’s presidential nominee but then prove to be unable to remain in that role, that would represent “the nightmare scenario for Democrats.”
“The worst-case scenario is we get past the nominating process with President Biden as the nominee, and then he’s no longer able to continue on as the nominee,” the individual said, according to the Washington Post.
Biden, the oldest president in U.S. history, will turn 81 later this year and would be 86 by the end of a second term in office. But despite his advanced age, the incumbent appears likely to secure his party’s presidential nod once again.
“He is in a period of his life where passing and death is imminent,” Sharon Sweda of the Lorain County Democratic Party in Ohio said, according to the Post. The outlet reported that Sweda said she hears from people concerned about Biden’s possible frailty. “We are all on a ticking clock. But when you’re at his age or at Trump’s age, that clock is ticking a little faster, and that’s a concern for voters.”
Former President Donald Trump, who appears likely to secure the Republican presidential nomination again, is currently 77 and would be 82 by the end of his second term if elected in 2024.
The Post reported that a House Democrat indicated that he has heard concerns from lawmakers and Democratic donors regarding whether Biden can handle a campaign and a second four-year term. “You don’t want to do anything to undercut the person who is going to be your nominee,” the lawmaker reportedly noted. “At the same time, these concerns are very real.”
“Coming off the president’s historic midterm performance, President Biden is delivering results, his agenda is popular with the American people, and we are mobilizing our winning coalition of voters well ahead of next year’s general election,” Biden campaign spokesperson Kevin Munoz said, according to the Post. “Next year’s election will be a stark choice between President Biden and the extreme, unpopular MAGA agenda. We’ll win in 2024 by putting our heads down and doing the work, not by fretting about polls.”
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