Two prominent Democrats have claimed that a third presidential race could be the key for potential Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in 2024.
The suggestion made by political consultant Doug Schoen and former Manhattan Borough President Andrew Stein comes as President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have hit new lows of approval.
“She is already in an advantageous position to become the 2024 Democratic nominee,” the two wrote in an Op-Ed in Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal. “She is an experienced national figure who is younger than Mr. Biden and can offer a different approach from the disorganized and unpopular one the party is currently taking.”
Clinton, though younger than President Biden is currently 74-years-old. Schoen and Stein argue that Clinton can capitalize on the loss of Democratic majorities in the House and Senate in November’s upcoming midterms “as a basis to run for president again, enabling her to claim the title of “change candidate.”
The men noted that Clinton, who had lost the Democratic nomination to Barack Obama in 2008 and then was defeated in the 2016 election by Republican Donald Trump, warned her party recently of the potential consequences of aligning too closely with progressive policies.
In an interview last month, Clinton spoke to MSNBC’s Willie Geist and said, “I think that it is a time for some careful thinking about what wins elections, and not just in deep-blue districts where a Democrat and a liberal Democrat, or so-called progressive Democrat, is going to win.”
The Op-Ed authors cited a survey conducted by YouGov last week which showed that 50 percent of Americans had an unfavorable view of President Biden, and 51 percent disapproved of Harris.
That poll also found just 38 percent of Americans though Biden was doing a good job handling jobs and the economy, and only 42 percent approved of his COVID-19 pandemic response.
Schoen and Stein say that those numbers, as well as the fact that Biden would be 82-years-old on Inauguration day 2025, “have created a leadership vacuum in the party, which Mrs. Clinton viably could fill.”
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