Ted Cruz says Biden's bad poll numbers make Michelle Obama a likely candidate

November 7, 2023

A recent poll commissioned by The New York Times and conducted by Siena College showed President Joe Biden losing to former President Donald Trump in five of six battleground states.

According to Sen. Ted Cruz, those findings have created an opening for former First Lady Michelle Obama to steal the Democratic nomination. 

Cruz: Biden "is clearly not up" to winning

Cruz made that argument during a Monday appearance on "Fox & Friends," saying that Biden "is clearly not up" to winning in 2024.

"I sat on my podcast three months ago, 'Verdict with Ted Cruz.' I predicted that there was a very real chance the Democrats would jettison Joe Biden and parachute in Michelle Obama and that they'd do it at the convention next summer," he continued, adding, "I think the chances of that are rising every day."

Indeed, Cruz told his podcast listeners in September that "the Democrat kingmakers [will] jettison Joe Biden and parachute in Michelle Obama," something he called "a very serious danger" for Republicans.

David Axelrod says poll will "send tremors" through the Democratic Party

When speaking to "Fox & Friends," Cruz also referenced a series of comments that former Obama White House advisor David Axelrod recently made on the social media platform previously known as Twitter.

Axelrod took note of the Times poll, writing, "It’s very late to change horses; a lot will happen in the next year that no one can predict [and] Biden’s team says his resolve to run is firm."

"He's defied [conventional wisdom] before but this will send tremors of doubt thru the party--not 'bed-wetting,' but legitimate concern," the former presidential advisor added.

Biden's age continues to be a concern

"The greatest concern is that his biggest liability is the one thing he can't change," Axelrod went on to point out. "Among all the unpredictables there is one thing that is sure: the age arrow only points in one direction."

"Trump is a dangerous, unhinged demagogue whose brazen disdain for the rules, norms, laws and institutions or democracy should be disqualifying," he maintained.

"But the stakes of miscalculation here are too dramatic to ignore," Axelrod insisted before adding that "[o]nly [Joe Biden] can make this decision."

Axelrod concluded by saying if Biden "continues to run, he will be the nominee of the Democratic Party. What he needs to decide is whether that is wise; whether it's in HIS best interest or the country's?"

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