(TheRedAlertNews.com) – In an intriguing case of Democrat friendly fire, a high-profile former Obama operative has cast doubt on Joe Biden’s reelection run, given fresh surveys showing the incumbent is falling behind former President Donald Trump in six vital key states.
David Axelrod, former President Barack Obama’s chief strategist in the 2008 and 2012 elections, made it clear on Sunday that Biden should consider not seeking reelection in 2024.
Axelrod, who also served as a senior White House advisor to Obama, assessed a poll by The New York Times and Siena College and publicized that day.
“It’s very late to change horses; a lot will happen in the next year that no one can predict & Biden’s team says his resolve to run is firm,” the Democrat operative wrote, as cited by The Hill.
Despite acknowledging Biden’s satisfaction with his achievements in office, Axelrod highlighted that Biden’s lagging poll figures might incite serious concern within the Democratic Party.
“Not ‘bed-wetting,’” but legitimate concern, argued the Obama operative while expressing grave reservations about former President Donald Trump, the presumed GOP presidential nominee.
“Trump is a dangerous, unhinged demagogue whose brazen disdain for the rules, [norms], laws and institutions or democracy should be disqualifying. But the stakes of miscalculation here are too dramatic to ignore,” Axelrod wrote.
He pointed out that the final call on his 2024 candidacy rests solely with Biden.
“Only @JoeBiden can make this decision. If he continues to run, he will be the nominee of the Democratic Party. What he needs to decide is whether that is wise; whether it’s in HIS best interest or the country’s?” the Obama strategist added.
The new poll showed Biden behind Trump in crucial swing states—Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, and Pennsylvania—by 3 to 10 percentage points among those registered to vote. Conversely, in Wisconsin, Biden held a slight two-percentage point lead.
The New York Times reported that these findings represent a significant setback, given Biden’s victory in these states during the 2020 elections against Trump.
The Hill points out that, within the Democratic base, there is rising trepidation about Biden’s leadership, particularly concerning his age and managing various issues, most notably the economy.
It notes there have been a series of calls for Biden to quit the 2024 presidential race, including recently by Washington Post editor David Ignatius, who is believed to have ties to the US intelligence community.