Biden should not run in 2024, and— believe me— it has nothing to do with his age.

Simon Pastor
4 min readJan 6, 2023

During President Macron’s state visit to the United States last month, the First Lady shared that she and her husband were ready for re-election. But while the Bidens and Macrons were toasting to re-election, Democrats throughout the country were not celebrating.

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Some worry that Biden shouldn’t run again because of his age, but for me –in all honesty!–age has nothing to do with it. The President’s poor track record, low approval ratings, and general indecisiveness make him unfit to lead the Party beyond 2024.

True, President Biden played a vital role in helping Democrats gain power after four years of a Trump administration. The President has had to lead in difficult times since the beginning of his term both domestically, with the pandemic, higher unemployment, and increased inflation, and globally, with tensions between China and Taiwan and the Russian invasion of Ukraine. President Biden has also had legislative successes in the last two years with the Inflation Reduction Act and American Rescue Plan.

Overall, President Biden has well played his role as the wise elder statesman and achieved what he was elected to do: beat Trump, lead the country during a crisis and bring normalcy back to the presidency.

And yet, while keeping Trump out of power might remain the Democrats’ main priority, Biden might no longer be capable of achieving it.

President Biden does not have the necessary leadership to lead the Democrats to the White House in 2024, and it has nothing to do with his age. He has proven this on multiple occasions during his time in office, with the monumental fiasco in Afghanistan, the failure to curb inflation, which reached its highest level since 1982, and his passive reaction to Democratic infighting. Refusing to take a public stance on his re-election and letting his spouse do the talking for him is another example of his indecisiveness. It does not appear as a solid foundation on which to build a vigorous re-election campaign.

It is primarily these leadership failures–rather than his age–that explain Biden’s poor approval ratings, including among his own party, which will mean that a Biden re-election might be very challenging for the Democrats. At…

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Simon Pastor

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