Meet 5 Democrats who have been floated as possible Biden replacements

13 February 2024
Meet 5 Democrats who have been floated as possible Biden replacements

The scrutiny aimed at President Biden following the damaging report released last week by Special Counsel Robert Hur has breathed new life into the belief Democrats will ultimately replace him as the party’s nominee ahead of the 2024 general election.

In building his argument for why no charges were recommended following an investigation into Biden’s mishandling of classified documents, Hur detailed in part that Biden’s defense of any potential charges could possibly be that, “Mr. Biden would likely present himself to a jury, as he did during our interview of him, as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory.”

The report cited examples when investigators said the president’s memory lapsed, including over when his older son Beau had died, and caused a heightened level of concern among Democrats who previously backed the president despite Republican attacks on his ability to serve.

Here are five of the top names being mentioned as potential replacements for Biden should he decide — or is pressured — not to run for a second term:

1. California Gov. Gavin Newsom

Newsom has, perhaps, been the most often mentioned name as a potential presidential nominee given his outspoken criticism of national Republican figures, as well as his high-profile clash with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis at a debate hosted by Fox News last year.

Democrat strategists and members of the media continually mention him as a future presidential hopeful, but that future could come sooner rather than later should Biden’s plans change.

Douglas Schoen, a former advisor to President Clinton, wrote in an op-ed last summer that Newsom “wants to run for president in 2024,” but was backing Biden for re-election to garner support for himself.

“Gavin Newsom wants to run for president in 2024, that much is clear. The California governor would not be campaigning for President Joe Biden in red states with 16 months until the presidential election if he wasn’t trying to prove his own political bona fides and build a future base of national support for himself,” he wrote.

Source: foxnews

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