Earlier than profitable the presidency three years in the past, Joe Biden had spent greater than three a long time striving for the workplace, mounting unsuccessful bids in 1988 and 2008. However on Tuesday, he claimed that he might have been content material with being a one-term president had been it not for Donald Trump. “If Trump wasn’t working, I’m undecided I’d be working,” he informed donors gathered at a fundraiser in Weston, Massachusetts, in keeping with The New York Occasions. “However we can not let him win.”
It’s troublesome to think about a motive for the extremely uncommon admission that doesn’t contain Biden’s age; at 81, he’s already the oldest president in historical past—a undeniable fact that considerations voters throughout the political spectrum. Nonetheless, Biden seems to contemplate himself the Democratic Get together’s finest likelihood at defeating Trump, whom he views as an existential menace to American democracy, at the same time as polls recommend a ”generic Democrat” would carry out much better in a race in opposition to the previous president.
Hours after making the feedback in Massachusetts, Biden tried to stroll them again whereas talking to reporters throughout his return to the White Home. “I anticipate so,” he replied when requested if he would nonetheless search reelection absent a rematch with Trump. “However look, he’s working, and I’ve to run.” Biden was then requested whether or not he would contemplate exiting the race if Trump had been to drop out, to which he responded, “No, not now.”
In September, CNN printed a survey that discovered roughly two thirds of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents desire a completely different nominee for president, with the overwhelming majority pinning their trepidation on Biden’s “psychological competence/sharpness/senility,” “well being,” or “means to deal with the job.” In the meantime, over the past month, a number of different polls have discovered Biden trailing Trump nationally and within the handful of swing states that assist resolve presidential elections.
For Democrats, the newest unhealthy polling information got here from a Harvard youth ballot launched Tuesday. It discovered that fewer voters below 30—a demographic that skews Democratic—plan to vote subsequent 12 months than did at roughly the identical time within the final presidential race. Restricted youth participation was virtually actually a think about Trump’s 2016 victory, when simply 39% of voters aged 18–29 solid ballots, in keeping with the Tufts Middle for Data & Analysis on Civic Studying and Engagement. For comparability, the 2020 election, which Democrats are actually hoping for a repeat efficiency of, noticed an 11-point enhance in youth turnout. Nevertheless, come 2024, Republicans is also negatively affected by the cohort’s disillusionment: The Harvard youth ballot discovered that younger Republicans and independents had been extra more likely to disregard the upcoming presidential election than their Democratic friends.