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Governor JB Prtizker, D-IL., Governor Phil Murphy, DN.J., and Governor Gavin Newsom, D-Calif., are among the Democratic governors who could enter the 2024 race if President Biden decides not to not show up. , Politico reported Thursday.
Politico noted that the president said he plans to run again in 2024 against the prospect of a midterm rout in November,” the report said.
Democrats have expressed concerns about Biden’s age and his ability to privately lead the party before 2024. The New York Times reported on June 11 that Democrats are concerned about Biden’s inability to push through his program and wondered if it “should be released in 2024”.
Politico reported that in addition to Pritzker, Murphy and Newsom, Gov. Roy Cooper, D-N.C., Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, D-Mich., Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and Gov. Jared Polis , D-CO., would also be strong contenders in 2024.
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“If Biden is not going to run, but he doesn’t make that decision until very late, as is his custom, there’s not a lot of time to run in the country. So that favors candidates who run. are already being presented and that may favor candidates who already have resources, like Pritzker and Murphy,” former Obama adviser David Axelrod told Politico.
Axelrod told The New York Times that Biden’s age would be a “major issue” heading into 2024. He also told The New York Times on Wednesday that Newsom was in a great position to step up in 2024.
“Newsom is young and politically muscular, which could be exactly what the market will be looking for after Biden,” Axelrod said.
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The outlet also noted that many 2020 candidates are well positioned, such as Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.
A Democratic adviser to a former 2020 presidential candidate told Politico that Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT., are blocking others from “actively doing anything.”
“There’s a chance that someone on the left will be optimistic enough to run in 2024, but they won’t go ahead of Bernie, and there’s even less of a chance that someone in the middle will choose Biden. Between these two factors, it removes the most from any activity,” the adviser told the outlet.
Governors are setting themselves up, in case Biden doesn’t run, the outlet reported, noting Newsom’s comments about the Democratic Party.
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He called out the Democratic Party and said the party lacked organization, asking “where the hell are we as a party in capturing the narrative, in capturing the imagination of the American people.”
Newsom recently announced that he joined former President Donald Trump’s Truth Social to challenge Republicans.