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 July 9, 2024

Democrats Scrambling To Find Suitable Replacement For Joe Biden

Following a challenging debate performance, US President Joe Biden faces increasing calls to not seek reelection.

Al Jazeera reported that in light of recent events, the Democratic Party is exploring potential replacements for Biden in the upcoming presidential election.

During a pivotal debate on June 27 against Donald Trump, President Joe Biden, 81, exhibited signs of frailty, sparking widespread concern over his fitness for a second term. This incident significantly affected voter confidence in Biden's mental agility, which plummeted from 28% to 20%.

The same debate also influenced voter preferences, with Trump gaining an average of 3.5 percentage points. Subsequently, both candidates recorded an equal support level of 40% in a post-debate Ipsos poll.

Democratic Representatives Advocate for Change

Amid these developments, five Democratic representatives—Seth Moulton, Lloyd Doggett, Raul Grijalva, Mike Quigley, and Angie Craig—publicly urged Biden to consider stepping down. Their concerns are echoed in broader party discussions about leadership and election strategy.

Further intensifying the situation, a group of Democrats led by Representative Hakeem Jeffries held a virtual meeting to deliberate on the possibility of pressuring Biden to resign. This meeting highlighted the growing internal party tensions and the search for viable leadership alternatives.

Simultaneously, high-level Democratic donors have joined the chorus for change. Former PayPal CEO William “Bill” Harris, for instance, openly declared Biden’s departure inevitable and pledged $2 million to support debates for a new candidate.

As discussions continue, several prominent Democrats are considered potential successors. Notably, Vice President Kamala Harris, who, according to Representative Adam Schiff, could win overwhelmingly if she chose to run. Other figures include Gavin Newsom, Gretchen Whitmer, JB Pritzker, and Josh Shapiro.

These candidates bring diverse experiences and political strengths to the table, which could serve the Democratic Party's needs in a general election. Their potential candidacies are gaining attention as the party considers its options for a robust challenge in the upcoming elections.

Amidst this political shuffle, additional factors contributing to dissatisfaction with the current administration have come to light. Experts cite the handling of inflation, the ongoing conflict in Gaza, and immigration issues as underlying challenges that have eroded public support for Biden.

Debate Over Biden’s Future Strategy

The debate over Biden's future is not limited to discussions among party elites and politicians. It has permeated the donor class and the party's base, where financial support and grassroots mobilization play crucial roles. Damon Lindelof, for instance, has publicly advocated for withholding donations until there is a change at the top of the ticket.

This sentiment is increasingly reflected across various platforms and discussions, indicating a significant shift in party dynamics and voter expectations. The Democratic National Convention, scheduled for August 19-22, is poised to be a critical juncture for these discussions.

Furthermore, the 25th Amendment remains a topic of conversation as a possible legal avenue for replacing Biden, should health concerns necessitate such a step. This constitutional measure adds a layer of complexity to the ongoing debates within the party.

Reactions to the presidential debate have varied widely, illustrating the deep divides within the Democratic Party and the electorate at large. JB Pritzker described Trump as "a felon and an old man with an orange spray tan who fell asleep at his trial," highlighting the contentious nature of political discourse today.

On the topic of international politics, Josh Shapiro has been vocal about his staunch support for Israel, which has contributed to a polarized response among Democrats regarding U.S. foreign policy. This issue remains a delicate subject in the party's broader discussions on leadership and policy direction.


In conclusion, as the Democratic Party contemplates its next steps, it faces a series of decisions that will shape its identity and strategy heading into the next election.

The debate over Biden's capability and potential successors underscores the party's urgent need to align its leadership and policy objectives with the expectations of American voters. With the Democratic National Convention on the horizon, these discussions are set to intensify, potentially leading to significant shifts in the party’s approach to the 2024 presidential race.

Written By:
Christina Davie

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