Democrats wake up to Biden’s age problem, strategists say

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President Joe Biden’s age is starting to weigh on the minds of more Democrats as the midterm and 2024 elections approach.

Democratic heavyweights like David Axelrod, President Barack Obama’s chief strategist, are sounding the alarm about what could happen if Biden, 79, chooses to run for president again in 2024. Biden already faces heavy criticism for gaffes and inaccuracies that many attribute to age, and he would be 86 at the end of a second term.

“Presidency is a monstrously taxing job and the harsh reality is that the president would be closer to 90 than 80 at the end of a second term, and that would be a major problem,” Axelrod told The New York Times.

Behind Axelrod are a slew of Democrats grateful for Biden’s loss to former President Donald Trump in 2020 but wanting younger leadership in 2024.

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 18: University of Chicago Institute of Politics Director David Axelrod speaks during Concordia's 2017 Annual Summit at Grand Hyatt New York on September 18, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Concordia Summit)
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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 18: University of Chicago Institute of Politics Director David Axelrod speaks during Concordia’s 2017 Annual Summit at Grand Hyatt New York on September 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Concordia Summit)
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“Democrats need fresh, bold leadership for the 2024 presidential race. It can’t be Biden.” Shelia Huggins, a lawyer and member of the Democratic National Committee, told the NYT.

“I need a Ron DeSantis equivalent, a Democrat, but not a 70 or 80 year old man – a younger person,” Alex Wyshyvanuk, 33, told the NYT. “Someone who knows what worked for you in 1980 won’t work for you in 2022 or 2024.”

DeSantis, the Republican governor of Florida, is 43 years old.

Biden’s poll numbers aren’t helping his case either, with the president’s approval rating continuing to hit new lows.

Some Democratic Party stars already appear to be breaking up with Biden ahead of the midterms and 2024. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, declined to say she would vote for president in 2024 on Sunday.

“You know, if the president chooses to run again in 2024, I mean, first of all, I’m focused on winning that majority right now and preserving a majority this year in 2022” , Ocasio-Cortez told CNN. “So we’ll cross that bridge when we get there…I think if the president has a vision and that’s something we’re certainly all ready to entertain and look at when the time comes.”

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CNN host Dana Bash then chimed in, saying “That’s not a yes.”

“You know, I think we should approve when we get there,” Ocasio-Cortez replied. “I think the president has done a really good job so far. And, you know, should he run again? I think I… you know, I think it’s… we’re going to take a look at it. a look.”

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