In the Democratic Party, there’s mounting unease about President Joe Biden, who turns 81 on Monday, leading the ticket in the 2024 presidential election. This concern is driven by fears that his advanced age could cost them the election against former President Donald Trump.
Reported by Politico Playbook, even Biden’s closest allies, including family members, are worried about the public perception of his age. There’s an acknowledgment that while they believe Biden is mentally fit for the presidency, his physical appearance sometimes suggests frailty. This has led to suggestions of minimizing his on-camera walks and possibly swapping formal shoes for more comfortable ones to improve his mobility and lessen the risk of falls.
Concerns go beyond Biden’s physical appearance. Many in Biden’s camp, including supporters, fundraisers, strategists, and Democrat officials, are questioning the effectiveness of his campaign’s messaging. They’re considering strategies that emphasize Biden’s age as a symbol of wisdom and incorporate more humor about his ‘Grandpa Joe’ persona.
The Washington Post adds another layer to these worries, highlighting Biden’s difficulties in promoting his economic successes and the absence of a clear reelection strategy or vision for a second term. There’s also criticism about the campaign’s limited groundwork in crucial battleground states and a lack of significant campaign presence in early primary states.
Polling data compounds these concerns. Both NBC News and Fox News have reported Biden’s approval ratings hitting an all-time low during his presidency. The November NBC poll shows Trump leading Biden for the first time, with 46 percent support for Trump compared to Biden’s 44 percent.
This growing apprehension within the Democratic Party reflects a broader issue: balancing loyalty to Biden with the practical need to maintain competitiveness in the upcoming election. Biden’s age and its perceived impact on his ability to lead and campaign effectively against Trump are central to these concerns. The party now faces the daunting task of navigating these internal challenges while formulating a compelling campaign strategy to match Trump’s momentum and voter appeal in the 2024 race.