Many have predicted that President Joe Biden is unlikely to run for a second term in the White House, at the very least, because of his current age, not to mention speculation about age-related cognitive decline.
According to the Washington Examiner, former Republican speaker Newt Gingrich just added legitimacy to that prediction, saying in a recent Fox News interview that it’s all but guaranteed that Biden will not be on the ticket in 2024.
He added that not only will Biden not be a candidate, but Vice President Kamala Harris, given her failure to log even a single accomplishment while in office, will also not run, leaving Democrats with the choice of possibly putting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton back into the mix.
If that scenario plays out — and it’s more likely than ever at this point — it’s also essentially guaranteed that Republicans will nominate former President Donald Trump to the ticket, setting up a potential rematch of the 2016 presidential election.
“State of shock”
Gingrich, who has worked at the highest levels of government with decades of experience, insisted that there’s simply no possible way that Biden makes another run, even though the White House has attempted recently to push a narrative that he will, in fact, run.
“I fully expect Biden to not run again. I think the Democratic Party would be in a state of shock if he did,” Gingrich said, according to the Examiner.
The former speaker made the observation in response to Biden’s recent interview with ABC News, during which he was asked if he would run again. Biden said he would, only if he’s “in good health.”
Gingrich went on to lay out the multitude of reasons why Biden — aside from his age and failing cognitive capacity — would make a poor choice of candidate, given his poor polling numbers with regard to most of the issues the nation faces today, such as the pandemic, illegal immigration, inflation, and so on.
“He is already weaker than Jimmy Carter was at this stage. And Carter went down to the worst Electoral College defeat of any incumbent president in modern history,” he explained, as the Examiner reported.
The Hillary card
He went on to predict that because Democrats have virtually nobody on their bench who could stand up to a popular Republican nominee in 2024, that Clinton might be the logical choice for the Democratic Party.
“So the last rumor I heard was that Hillary is going to run, and I think it would say a lot about the chaos of America if Hillary Clinton reemerged one more time,” Gingrich said.
Only time will tell if the Democratic National Committee (DNC) calls Clinton back up to the majors, but if that happens, it’ll be an unforgettable election year, to say the least.