The Democrats are scrambling to find a viable candidate for the upcoming 2024 Presidential Election, as Joe Biden and his Vice President Kamala Harris’ popularity is non-existent – and they are now turning to governors of various states to help them out.
Joe Biden has said that he intends to run again in 2024, but Democrats are privately worried about his age and capacity to do the job and the upcoming Midterm Elections that could [potentially see Republicans take back both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
California Governor Gavin Newsom is one of those that has been touted as a potential candidate, despite his popularity not even being that great in his own state and apparently, Newsom has even joined former President Donald Trump’s social media platform – Truth Social – to allegedly challenge Republicans on their own platform.
If Joe Biden does decide to not run again, Democrat governors are positioning themselves to be the stand-in – trying to sell themselves and their state’s “achievements” like stricter gun control laws and access to abortion as a selling point.
Newsom may have a hard time selling his achievements, however, as there are not many, and Californians have been leaving the Golden State in droves for years now because living costs and taxes are so high.
Another thing that could be talked about is the individual governor’s leadership during the covid pandemic and Newsom nearly killed his state with strict lockdowns that went on and off for the better part of two years and vaccine mandates are beginning to kill off the workforce.
Corey Platt, former political director at the Democratic Governors Association said, “For governors, especially those up in 2022, you’re building an operation for now, but you could also use it again in 2024 or 2028 — and for those who can win in 2022, they’ve got a really good story to tell that keeps them separate from the national Democratic brand,” adding that he is a Biden supporter and still believes Biden will still be the likely candidate in 2024.
“It’s happening in the lightest of ways for all the obvious reasons, including the need to build a national fundraising operation,” Platt added. “But if you want to run for president one day, that doesn’t happen overnight.”
David Axelrod, a Democrat strategist and former adviser to former President Barack Obama, pointed out two governors who are already independently wealthy, “If Biden isn’t going to run, but he doesn’t make that decision until very late, as is his habit, there’s not a lot of time to introduce yourself to the country. So that favors the candidates who have already run, and it may favor candidates who already have resources, like Pritzker and Murphy.”
Axelrod added, “Governors are a bit freer to get out there because they’re not situated in Washington, but also because the imperative is greater for them to get into those national conversations.”
“I think there is at least some fair conjecture that [Biden’s age] will ultimately cause him not to run,” Axelrod said, “so it’s natural that politicians are thinking about the ‘what if.’”