Top Democrats across the country said President Joe Biden should not run for re-election in 2024 as they expressed worries over his current leadership and age.
Nearly all 50 Democratic officials interviewed by the New York Times feared a Biden re-election campaign would not help their party against Republicans, who are expected to make sweeping victories in the coming midterms.
Democratic National Committee (DNC) member Steve Simeonidis, of Miami, said he was generally pessimistic about his party’s leadership and called on Biden, 79, to let someone new take over in 2024.
‘To say our country was on the right track would flagrantly depart from reality,’ Simeonidis told the Times. ‘[Biden] should announce his intent not to seek re-election in ’24 right after the midterms.’
Shelia Huggins, another member of the DNC from Durham, North Carolina, was more critical of the president.
‘Democrats need fresh, bold leadership for the 2024 presidential race,’ she said. ‘That can’t be Biden.’