Democrats Begin Biden’s Replacement

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – Following President Biden’s disappointing performance at Thursday night’s debate, former Senator Claire McCaskill expressed concern on MSNBC with Rachel Maddow, suggesting Vice President Harris or California Governor Gavin Newsom might have been stronger choices for the Democratic presidential ticket in 2024. McCaskill highlighted the appeal both figures have to many Americans, questioning why they were not leading the ticket instead of merely compensating for perceived weaknesses in the current president.

The debate, hosted by CNN in Atlanta and featuring former President Trump, was a challenging moment for Biden, who seemed unwell and struggled to maintain his train of thought. Trump, on the other hand, despite making numerous false statements, came across as assertive and direct. This contrast led to a CNN snap poll where 67% of viewers felt Trump was the winner, a stark reversal from the 2020 debate dynamics.

McCaskill criticized Biden for failing to reassure the nation of his capability to lead, especially considering his age. While she stopped short of calling for Biden’s replacement when pressed by Maddow, she acknowledged a widespread disappointment and concern for Biden among viewers and Democratic insiders.

McCaskill also expressed a personal and broader disappointment with the situation, indicating that the focus of discussions post-debate was more on the vice president than the president himself. She shared that her phone was inundated with messages from worried Democrats and influential donors, reflecting a significant unease within the party.

In her interview, McCaskill also condemned Trump’s character and demeanor, describing him as dishonest and disagreeable. She hoped that Biden’s advisers and family would soon engage in serious discussions about bolstering his public persona and exploring possible alternatives to address the situation.

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