Former California Governor Jerry Brown has expressed doubt over President Biden’s ability to win the White House in 2024, stating that it “depends on what the alternatives are.”
Brown, who challenged Jimmy Carter for the Democratic nomination in 1976, suggested that his age may be a hindrance to his chances of launching a successful campaign.
Brown, who is turning 85 this week, said, “I can handle the job, but I don’t think the politics can handle my age. We’re not like the old Soviet Union, where they had all those men in the Politburo, people want some fresher faces.”
Democrats across the country are also concerned about Biden’s ability to win the 2024 election. A recent Monmouth University poll found that 44% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters believe the president should step aside and allow someone else to run as the Democratic Party’s standard-bearer.
Only a quarter of respondents said that Biden should seek re-election, and 30% said they had no preference.
Biden’s job approval rating has mostly held steady for more than a year and currently stands at 44% approve vs. 56% disapprove in the latest Fox News national survey.
While Biden has yet to announce his official intention for the 2024 presidential race, he has already been challenged by two Democratic primary challengers, spiritual advisor and author Marianne Williamson and Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Given Biden’s recent missteps, it’s hard to say whether he can overcome his challengers to win the White House a second time.
It’s clear that the Democrats need someone with fresh ideas and energy to lead the party forward, and Biden may not be the best person for the job.