A possible second term for President Joe Biden has received a lukewarm response from the mainstream media.
The Hill published an article on Sunday about potential Democratic presidential hopefuls if Biden steps down and does not seek re-election. VP Kamala Harris, Transportation Secretary Peter Buttigieg, Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) were all mentioned as viable candidates in the piece.
“There are concerns he will not follow through on his promises given his age — Biden would be 81 years old in November 2024 — and the fierce political headwinds he and his party are now facing. Biden’s popularity ratings have dropped to the mid-thirties in some surveys,” according to the story.
The FiveThirtyEight blog on Friday, “Americans Are Unusually Lukewarm About The Possibility Of A Second Biden Term,” characterized it as such: According to polling data, “some Americans do not believe” that Biden would go for another term.
“And a WSJ poll from March 2-7 discovered that over half (52 percent) of American voters don’t think he will run again in 2024, with only 29% believing he will. (19% were undecided.) A Biden comeback isn’t well-received, either. According to a recent AP/NORC poll, 70 percent of people do not want the president to run again in 2024.”
While Biden is the current frontrunner, an alternative candidate should be more diverse and capable of defeating a Republican opponent, according to FiveThirtyEight.
“Perhaps they’d like someone who better reflects the party’s increasing diversity or a person who appears to have a greater chance of beating Trump in 2024. After all, Biden’s popularity ratings are dismal, and his support among young people, Hispanics, and African-Americans in particular has waned. Those individuals may be dissatisfied with Biden’s failure to keep his promises at the start of his presidency. Or they could be scared that he can’t win.”
Biden is widely assumed to be running for a second term because he thinks he is the only person who can defeat Donald Trump, according to The Hill. A source familiar with the conversation said that Biden told Obama in April that he was running for a second term because he felt he was the only candidate capable of defeating Trump. I don’t think he thinks there’s anyone in the DNS who can beat Trump, and that is the most important thing.