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December 5, 2023

Many voters probably would agree with Biden’s battle call: We cannot let him win!” However, many also would ask Biden to step aside asap and let some younger Democratic potentials to beat Trump.

Because Biden’s baggage is as heavy as Trump’s. The following factors are good indicator that Biden should not be running for reelection:

  1. Age and mental capacity.
  2. Very low domestic approval rating of Biden’s administration.
  3. The public opinion polls consistently show that Trump is leading Biden (the incumbent) by a small margin. If Trump is dangerous as Biden described, then the public is also nnot confident about Biden for the second term.

Biden should seriously consider the negative impact to the nation and his legacy; he could lose to Trump next year.

Biden tells donors: ‘If Trump wasn’t running I’m not sure I’d be running. We cannot let him win’


Updated Tue, December 5, 2023 at 4:57 PM PST·

BOSTON (AP) — President Joe Biden told campaign donors Tuesday that he wasn’t sure he’d be running for reelection if Donald Trump wasn’t also in the race, warning that democracy is “more at risk in 2024” and that the former president and his allies are out to “destroy” democratic institutions.

The president was using a trio of fundraisers to caution against what might happen should his predecessor again claim control of the White House, noting that Trump has described himself as his supporters’ “retribution” and has vowed to root out “vermin” in the country.

“We’ve got to get it done, not because of me. … If Trump wasn’t running I’m not sure I’d be running. We cannot let him win,” Biden said, hitting the last words slowly for emphasis.

Biden’s forceful rhetoric came as Trump, the current GOP front-runner, who tried to overturn the 2020 election he lost and is facing criminal charges connected to those efforts, attempted over the weekend to turn the tables by calling Biden the “destroyer of American democracy.”

Biden, who said he is not alone in sounding the alarm over Trump, noted that Trump is the “only losing candidate” in U.S. history to not accept the results. Biden also said that on Jan. 6, 2021, as Trump supporters violently stormed the U.S. Capitol in a failed attempt to stop the certification of the election results, Trump sat in his dining room just off the Oval Office, “watching them threaten his own vice president.”

Biden also highlighted recent warnings about Trump from former Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., calling her a “powerful voice.”

“American democracy, I give you my word as a Biden, is at stake,” the president said at the first of three campaign fundraisers in the Boston area.

The warnings by Biden are increasingly part of his pitch to donors: that democracy is at stake if Trump were to win again and he must be defeated. The president is pushing to raise money for his reelection effort before the end of the year, appearing at seven events through Monday — with more to come.

“We’re always going to defend protect and fight for democracy,” he said. “That’s why I’m running.”

Biden had only political events on his public schedule for Tuesday, which is rare. Presidents who are running for reelection typically include an official event, like a policy speech, on the schedule to help defray costs for their campaign.

Associated Press writers Brian Slodysko, Seung Min Kim and Colleen Long in Washington contributed to this report.

Biden approval near lowest level of his presidency-Reuters/Ipsos

Jason Lange

Tue, December 5, 2023 at 9:13 AM PST·

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden‘s popularity was near its lowest level of his presidency this month, a sign of the challenges ahead for his re-election bid next year, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll.

The three-day opinion poll, which closed on Sunday, showed 40% of respondents approved of Biden’s performance as president, a marginal increase from 39% in November. The poll had a margin of error of about three percentage points.

The poll showed that Americans see the economy, crime and immigration as the biggest problems facing the country – all issues on which Trump and other Republicans have criticized Biden. Nineteen percent of poll respondents rated the economy as the top issue, while 11% pointed to immigration and 10% signaled out crime.

Biden’s public approval rating has held below 50% since August 2021, and this month’s rating remained close to the lowest levels of his presidency – 36% – seen in mid-2022.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll gathered responses online from 1,017 adults, using a nationally representative sample.

Biden: ‘If Trump wasn’t running, I’m not sure I’d be running’

Published: Dec. 5, 2023 at 5:09 p.m. ET

Democrats ‘cannot let him win,’ Biden says

President Joe Biden said Tuesday he isn’t sure he’d be running again if former President Donald Trump weren’t also in the race.

“If Trump wasn’t running, I’m not sure I’d be running,” the president said in remarks in Boston. “But we cannot let him win.”

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