June 11, 2024

7 Democratic candidates potentially replacing Biden for 2024

Following the announcement of President Joe Biden's reelection campaign in April of last year, the majority of Democratic leaders have supported his candidacy, however, concerns about his age have persisted.

The former president has an uncommon background, with 50 years of experience in Washington and Delaware in public service, including as the vice president and president, as Business Insider reported.

Concerns About Age and Kamala

The current president would be 82 years of age at his inauguration in 2025, if he were reelected. That would mean he would retire from his second term in office at the ripe old age of 86, something that is concerning to many.

Vice President Kamala Harris is thought likely to be the natural successor to Biden, particularly considering how forward-facing the current president has been about calling it the "Biden-Harris administration."

The vice president has also been vocal in the fight against the GOP-backed abortion restrictions and has collaborated with him on multiple issues, including foreign policy and voting. This despite her 2020 presidential campaign failing, spectacularly, and her polling badly with the American people.

Other Than the VP

California Governor Gavin Newsom, who is often thought of as a Democratic surrogate, is another possible replacement.

Newsom has seemed to lobby toward the middle by expressing moderate views on labor and homelessness and promoted Democratic initiatives while criticizing GOP ideas.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who is currently governing a battleground state, may also throw her hat in the ring, should Biden be taken out of the running.

Other possible contenders are Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, a bipartisan leader; Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, a presidential candidate; Governor Roy Cooper of North Carolina, a moderate who has bridged political divides; and Governor Wes Moore of Maryland, an emerging star who has addressed child poverty and housing affordability, are other potential candidates.

Continued Campaign

Considering the growing concern about Biden after the publication of the special report by investigator Robert Hur, on Biden's management of classified documents, frustration is only growing.

Biden has upheld his reelection campaign, contending that his age is a strength, despite Biden's memory and acuity being called into question in Hur's report.

The president and his campaign have emphasized his accomplishments, including the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the Inflation Reduction Act, and he has cited the low national unemployment rates, all in an effort to increase his chances of reelection.

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