A top campaign advisor to former president Barack Obama suggested that Joe Biden’s chances of winning the 2024 presidential election are “no better” than 50-50, and could even be worse.
David Axelrod, who cast doubts about Biden’s electability earlier this month, shared these thoughts with New York Times Columnist Maureen Dowd on Saturday.
Axelrod said: “I think he has a 50-50 shot here, but no better than that, maybe a little worse.
“He thinks he can cheat nature here and it’s really risky. They’ve got a real problem if they’re counting on Trump to win it for them. I remember Hillary doing that, too.”
The pair are known to have long had a difficult relationship, with Biden reported to privately referring to Axelrod as a “prick,” highlighting the tension between the Obama and Biden political camps.
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As the economy struggles and conflict continues in the Middle East and Europe, polls suggest Americans are becoming less optimistic about a second Biden term.
A recent Bloomberg News/Morning Consult survey showed Trump leading Biden in six swing states, regardless of third-party candidates.
Last week, the Government reported that consumer prices didn’t rise at all from September to October, the latest sign that inflation is steadily cooling from the heights of last year.
A separate report showed that while Americans slowed their retail purchases in October from the previous month’s brisk pace, they’re still spending enough to drive economic growth.
Even so, according to a poll last month by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, about three-quarters of respondents described the economy as poor. Two-thirds said their expenses have risen. Only one-quarter said their income has.
The disconnect poses a political challenge for President Biden as he gears up for his re-election campaign. Polls consistently show that most Americans disapprove of his handling of the economy.
The President has also faced increased criticism over his administration’s unwavering support of Israel despite global calls for a ceasefire in Gaza.
Even former campaign staffers who helped elect Biden in 2020, as well as current members of his administration, have signed letters urging a cease-fire.
In an op-ed published Saturday in the Washington Post, Biden reiterated his position of recent weeks that a temporary halt to the fighting wasn’t a real possibility and wouldn’t ultimately advance greater US objectives.
Biden noted that “an outcome that leaves Hamas in control of Gaza would once more perpetuate its hate and deny Palestinian civilians the chance to build something better for themselves.”
The president further argued that working to achieve longer-range goals that can rise above the current unrest would ultimately make the United States more secure.
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