CNN names Harris, Buttigieg as possible replacements for Biden on 2024 ticket

Public confidence in President Joe Biden has eroded so far that even Democrats are questioning whether he is the right man for the job.

No less than CNN is casting doubt on Biden’s prospects with a list of potential candidates to replace him on the Democratic ticket in the 2024 election, Fox News reported Tuesday.

No good options for Dems

While the White House maintains that Biden plans to run again, persistent concerns about his age have already sparked a succession crisis less than a year into his presidency. In an unusually candid assessment of the situation, CNN’s Chris Cillizza acknowledged that Biden’s hold on the presidency is a tenuous one.

“Combine President Joe Biden’s age (he’ll be 82 shortly after the 2024 election) and his ongoing political struggles (he’s mired in the low 40s in job approval) and you get this: a series of stories examining whether Biden runs again and, if not, who might take his place,” Cillizza wrote, according to Fox.

Adding to the Democratic Party’s woes, Biden’s vice president, Kamala Harris, is deeply unpopular and does not inspire confidence.

Despite Harris’ likeability issues, Cillizza rated her as the most likely to run in Biden’s place if the president steps aside, a grim prospect that is supported by polling data.

Harris’ struggles have left some Democrats looking to Pete Buttigieg, who Cillizza described as the “most naturally talented candidate in the 2024 field,” as Fox reported.

Biden succession crisis

Unfortunately for Democrats, a recent survey found that Dem voters are even less enthused about Buttigieg than Harris, who has a 20-point commanding lead over her former primary rival. It’s not encouraging data for the liberal party, given Harris’s abysmal 28% approval rating.

But Cillizza listed others with seemingly more remote chances in a general election fight, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, and Georgia’s Stacey Abrams, who has made no secret of her presidential aspirations despite losing a gubernatorial race in Georgia.

According to Fox, Cillizza conceded that Abrams “needs to win the Georgia governor’s mansion in 2022 before thinking too much about 2024.”

Summing up the tough situation for Democrats, he wrote:

If Biden decides not to run, chances are we would be looking at a very crowded field of Democrats seeking to replace him.

This all comes as polls show Donald Trump beating Biden in a hypothetical 2024 match-up, including in swing states that paved Biden’s path to the White House last time around.

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