New Hampshire governor Chris Sununu (R) predicted that Joe Biden won't be on the ballot in 2024 - and neither will President Trump, even as the country braces for what many assume to be an inevitable rematch.
Sununu, a critic of both Biden and Trump, told NBC's Meet the Press that Trump will lose the Republican primary, as Biden is forced out by his own issues.
"They're not going to be on the top of that ticket. It's not going to be that way," he said.
Mounting details of Biden's corrupt involvement in his family's business deals - and abiding doubts about his age - have driven speculation of a palace coup of some sort, but the Democratic party elite appears to be sticking with him - as are the party's voters, however reluctantly.
Meanwhile, Trump is being prosecuted in four separate criminal cases all overseen by Democrats.
Sununu told NBC's Chuck Todd that a rematch is not what the country wants, pointing to Biden's issues and Trump's "drama."
He predicted Democrats will eventually rally behind a Biden alternative.
“I think there’s a lot of issues that are going to come to bear with President Biden over the next year and a lot of opportunity for the Democrats to find another — another candidate."
Sununu said he "fully expects" Trump to be on the ballot despite the efforts of some Republicans - including in New Hampshire - to remove him using an obscure section of the 14th Amendment that disqualifies "insurrectionists" from holding federal office.
Some Republicans have used Trump's prosecutions to argue he has too much baggage to win the presidency in 2024 - but Trump's lead in the primary has continued to expand and he remains neck-and-neck with Biden in the polls.
A new Wall Street Journal poll found Trump leading Ron DeSantis (R) by a whopping 46 points. Still, Sununu insisted the primary isn't over and that Trump's "in trouble" when the crowded field of candidates thins out.
"I think they have to be a little tougher on Trump. You know, Chris Christie kind of really goes nuclear on him, and God bless Christie does a great job with that."
"There's still a lot of – a lot of time here, lot of time for this to play out on the main stage."