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 October 29, 2023

Dem. leaders want James Carville to stop talking about Biden's poor polling

Clinton-linked political consultant James Carville says that he has been pressured by "leading Democrats" to stop talking about President Joe Biden's poor performance in the polls. 

Carville made the revelation to The Atlantic.

The outlet included it in an article that it wrote about Biden's newest Democratic primary challenger, U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN).

Carville argued that Biden's chances of being reelected in 2024 are "not good," pointing to Biden's poor performance in the polls.

It was here that Carville made the revelation that some "leading Democrats" have been pressuring him to stop talking about Biden's poor polling. And, Carville said that it is not because they believe that he is wrong but because they do not like it.

Carville told The Atlantic, "Nobody is saying, 'James, you're wrong [about how Biden is doing in the polls].' They're saying, 'James, you can't say that.'"

Carville added, "I’m looking at polling data, and I’m looking at all of it. The president’s numbers are just not good—and they’re not getting any better."

It has also been revealed that Carville, in the capacity of a political consultant, has been speaking with Phillips with regard to Phillips' newly-announced presidential bid.

At this point, it is unclear whether Phillips is really going to be able to pose a serious challenge to Biden. Phillips has yet to be included in current Democratic presidential primary polling, which has Biden in the lead by a staggering 61 percentage points.

But, this is not the concern for the Democrats. The concern is that it is looking more and more likely that Biden could lose to former President Donald Trump in the 2024 general election.

This, again, is all based on polling. And, with regard to the polls, Carville told The Atlantic:

I talk to a lot of people who do a lot of congressional-level polling and state polling, and they’re all saying the same thing. There’s not an outlier; there’s not another opinion… The question is, has the country made up its mind?

The Atlantic points out that not all Democrats are taking Carville's approach here. Some, such as former Obama 2012 campaign manager Jim Messina, are trying to use the logic that, "Biden’s already beaten Trump once. He’s the one guy who can beat him again."

Carville, however, disagrees with this approach.

The political consultant accused the White House of operating with a "doctrine of strategic certainty," which he believes to be a flawed approach.

Written By:
Oliver Winters

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