Former First Lady Michelle Obama and California Governor Gavin Newsom have been mentioned as possible replacements for Biden.
President Biden turns 81 on Monday, and doubts about his cognitive health and senior age continue to cloud his reelection effort in 2024.
According to a recent NBC poll, 59% of registered voters have “major concerns” about his physical and mental health as he seeks a second term, with another 27% expressing “moderate” or “minor” issues.
Brennan Gorman, an Independent voter, is concerned. He appeared on “FOX & Friends Weekend” on Sunday, with Democratic voter Jason Brown and Republican voter Stacey Fox, to explain why he believes Biden’s age is a problem for not only his campaign, but for the entire country.
“I’m very concerned,” he stated. “He has many issues with his physical and cognitive abilities, but he also struggles to connect with the younger generation.” Our electorate is getting younger, yet we’re electing people who are getting older.”
For Fox, the issue is one of mental aptitude rather than age.
“It is definitely [about] who is going to lead our country in the right direction, who’s going to take care of the border down at the south, who’s going to have a strong standing in international affairs?” she said to “FOX & Friends Weekend” on Friday.
“DeSantis appears to be the front-runner in that regard, but I haven’t looked at any other Democratic Party options because we haven’t been given any.” I don’t know his age, but his mental ability is not something we need for the next four years.”
Meanwhile, Democrat Brown believes that experience is more essential than age.
“President Biden brings experience to the position, and we currently don’t have any candidate who can exemplify that much experience as Biden has with running government,” he said, telling Cain that despite concerns about the economy, he feels “pretty good” about the country’s current status.
“Right now, my biggest concern is just making sure that the presidency does the correct thing and leads the country in the right way, and that’s why I’m calling for somebody with experience,” he said in a statement.
With no plausible alternative in the Democratic race, the party appears set to keep Biden as its nominee. Still, whispers circulate that California Gov. Gavin Newsom may throw his hat in the ring, or that former First Lady Michelle Obama may shake up the party.
However, neither person has explicitly contributed to the rumors. Obama previously declared that Hillary has “zero chance” of running for president and has officially favored Biden in the 2024 election. Meanwhile, Newsom has repeatedly denied any plans to run for president in 2024, telling FOX News’ Sean Hannity following the second GOP presidential primary debate, “No. It’s speculative. When challenged on the matter, he said, “It’s ridiculous.”
Some, including Pennsylvania Senator John Fetterman, have accused the California Democrat of launching a “shadow campaign” against Biden.
Nonetheless, Brown feels that if given the chance, one of the two could connect with voters.
“Michelle Obama energises the country.” She appeals to a wide range of ethnic groups. She is not a divisive figure. She’d bring the same sense of the country person when he voted for Donald Trump, implying that people were able to rally around him because they thought they knew him. “Everyone thinks they know Michelle Obama,” he continued.
They notice she’s got a family. The nation would love Michelle Obama’s example since she supported her multimillionaire husband, who managed to become not just the president but also a prosperous businessman outside of government.”
Regarding Obama and Newsom as potential replacements, Fox disagreed, saying Cain, “I haven’t seen anything that puts them on a stage equal in international affairs and basically local affairs as much as DeSantis.”
“I believe Ramaswamy resonates with younger voters and has a voice. We’re getting close to the end of the game, and they’re not releasing any more information, but I would be willing to look into it and hear what they have to say,” she continued.
Brennan believes that his choice for 2024 is “no-brainer.”
“Nikki Haley is here. Nikki Haley provides the necessary experience. She is experienced in foreign policy. “It’s a no-brainer for me to work with her because she has so many examples of improving the economy and education from her time as South Carolina’s governor,” he remarked.
Meanwhile, the GOP’s star-studded field of presidential contenders is led by former President Trump. Compared to Biden, he has received less attention and worry at age 77 for being “too old.” Voters who thought Biden was too elderly to be in government differed from those who thought Trump was too old, according to a Monmouth University poll conducted earlier this year.
Only 48% of voters believed that Biden is “too old” to serve a second term, while 76% of respondents agreed.