Dems Who Think They Can Win in 2024
He arrived on Nantucket to spend Thanksgiving with his family and weigh whether to run for president again in 2024.
But Joe Biden faces a gaggle of Democrats waiting in the wings to make their own 2024 presidential bids.
The president’s approval rating has been hovering around 40 per cent but he is enjoying the fact his Democrats did not do as badly as predicted in the midterms.
Democrats held control of the Senate and, while Republicans won the House, it was not the red wave many expected.
Instead the GOP will hold a scant majority, making it a challenge for their leader Kevin McCarthy to hold them together.
Additionally, in the wake of the midterms, the number of Democratic voters who believe Biden could win in 2024 jumped to 71 per cent, up by double digits from the 60 per cent who felt that way in August, a new USA TODAY/Ipsos Poll found.
But Biden also turned 80 on Sunday. He is the oldest president ever elected and, if he ran and won again in 2024, he would be 86 at the end of a second term.
But the likes of Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg, Gavin Newsom and Gretchen Whitmer will be waiting with bated breath to see whether they should launch their own bid.
Here is a look at the Democrats who could run for president in 2024 and their chances of winning the race for the Oval Office:
VICE PRESIDENT KAMALA HARRIS
Harris, 58, also has an approval rating hovering around the 40% mark.
But as Biden’s second in command she would automatically be a frontrunner in 2024.
The first female vice president had a rough two years in office with high staff turnover and low returns on a series of high-profile issues, including working on the root causes of migration at the border.
There have also been reports that she did not get along with the West Wing, which both her office and Biden’s office have denied.
But, if Biden doesn’t run again, Harris’ name would top the list for presidential contenders.
And some of her defenders are already setting the stage for her.
Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff, earlier this month, told Democrats they must rally around his wife should Biden not run, Politico reported.
But others point out she did poorly in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary and has no major success as vice president to build a platform on.
Meanwhile, Harris told reporters on Tuesday that if Biden does run for a second term, she will be on the ticket with him.
TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY PETE BUTTIGIEG
Buttigieg, 40, is one of the highest profile members of Biden’s cabinet.
He’s become the face of Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure law, which is distributing billions of dollars to states throughout the country to improve roads, bridges, and other necessary infrastructure.
Pete Buttigieg, 40, is one of the highest profile members of Biden’s cabinet
Buttigieg shot to stardom during the 2020 Democratic presidential primary process with his campaign faring well until it became clear Biden had the votes to be nominee. Once that happened, Buttigieg bowed out and endorsed him.
Voters were drawn to his polished speaking style and his resume, which included studying at Oxford University. Additionally, he is a former Navy Reserve officer who served as mayor of South Bend, Indiana.
Buttigieg also is the first openly gay Cabinet member in U.S. history.
He and his husband Chasten became parents to twins in 2021. Buttigieg faced criticism for taking parental leave last year but it was later revealed he did so in part because one of the twins was hospitalized after birth.
SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS
It’s unclear if Bernie Sanders would run for president a third time but he could play a kingmaker role in Democratic primary
Sanders, 81, ran and failed to win the Democratic nomination in 2016 and 2020.
A favorite of the progressive wing of the party, Sanders has made his career fighting for workers, universal healthcare, free college tuition, a green climate agenda and other items on liberals’ wish list.
It’s unclear if he would make a third bid given his age, but his name recognition and deep base of support among the left wing of the party could make him a kingmaker in the primary.
CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR GAVIN NEWSOM
Newsom, 55, easily won a second term as governor on Tuesday. He focused his campaign on national issues like abortion and immigration.
Gavin Newsom already has contacted potential staff for a White House bid
He has already contacted potential donors and staff in case Biden decides not to run, Reuters reported.
Newsom also made a name for himself by taking on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and other Republicans on the abortion issue.
In September, he paid for billboards in conservative states – including Texas, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Indiana – to point out that abortion is still legal in his state.
And while he earned praise for his strong leadership at the beginning of the COVID pandemic, he came under fire when he was caught-on-camera at a dinner where he flouted his own COVID rules.
He beat an effort to recall him after people were outraged at his behavior.
GOVERNOR GRETCHEN WHITMER
Whitmer, 51, won a second four-year term on Tuesday, having campaigned hard on abortion rights after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to abortion.
Gretchen Whitmer is a rising star in the Democratic Party and has strong ties to the labor unions
Her Trump-backed Republican opponent supported a near-total ban on abortion, including for child victims of rape and incest.
Whitmer won by more than 10 points.
The governor came to national attention during the COVID pandemic when she faced personal threats.
In October 2020, 12 men were arrested on charges they conspired to kidnap her in a plot authorities say they hatched after she imposed strict mitigation procedures in the state.
So far seven have been convicted or pled guilty.
Whitmer also has strong ties to labor unions, a major voting bloc in the Democratic Party.
Biden considered Whitmer for his ticket in 2020 before ultimately picking Harris.