David Axelrod, the political strategist known for his role in Joe Biden’s 2008 vice-presidential campaign, has raised eyebrows by suggesting that President Biden should contemplate dropping out of the 2024 election.
Axelrod’s suggestion comes after recent polling data from The New York Times and Siena College revealed that Biden is trailing behind Donald Trump in several crucial battleground states, including Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, and Pennsylvania.
Speaking about the situation, Axelrod emphasized that the decision ultimately rests with Joe Biden.
He noted that while it’s late in the game to change course, it’s essential to consider whether continuing the campaign is in Biden’s best interest or the country’s.
Risks and Considerations
Axelrod acknowledged the risks associated with such a decision, as there is limited time for a primary campaign. However, he pointed out the depth of leadership talent within the Democratic Party that could emerge.
The polling data, which surveyed 3,662 registered voters in key states, indicated that Biden is only ahead in Wisconsin by a slim margin, while trailing Trump by various percentages in the other states.
Concerns and Public Opinion
The polling also revealed that a significant portion of the electorate believes the country is moving in the wrong direction under Biden, and there are notable gaps in trust on economic matters between Biden and Trump.
Age and Policy Differences
The age of the candidates is a factor, with a substantial portion of pollsters viewing Biden as “too old.” The data also highlights Trump’s advantages on issues like immigration, national security, and the Israel-Palestine situation.
Biden’s Approval Rating
As the 2024 election looms, Biden’s Gallup approval rating stands at 37 percent, lower than his recent predecessors at the same stage. The article also notes some of Biden’s recent gaffes and incidents that have raised concerns about his age.