Williamson, a self-help writer who got out of the 2020 presidential campaign before the first elections, said, “I think the president will definitely face a challenger in 2024 … The longing for the government to work for the people again is so great now, and yes, in any case someone will show up to stand up for it. “
When asked if she would consider running against Biden, she didn’t answer.
Turner told POLITICO shortly after Manchin’s announcement that there would be “no doubt” a leftist challenge against Biden. Like Williamson, she didn’t answer when asked if she could be.
A spokesman for Sanberg said there was “no truth” in the idea that he was considering Biden in the primary.
While running for Congress in a 2021 special election, Turner was a productive small dollar fundraiser and garnered the support of notable progressives. However, she lost more than 5 percentage points and is believed to have her eye on a possible rematch with the current rep. Shontel brown.
Some progressives fear that a challenge from a longtime candidate would undermine the left’s brand – and perhaps create the impression that it is in a weaker state than it really is. After Sanders tabled two credible presidential candidates, Liberals don’t want to go back to the days when former MP Dennis Kucinich was their standard bearer in the White House race.
“I think it’s pretty unlikely that a serious progressive challenger will emerge if Biden stays in the race,” said Max Berger, former director of progressive public relations for Warren’s 2020 presidential campaign would not necessarily be of great service to the progressive cause in my opinion if our ideas seemed so marginal. “
He added that while it would look bad for Biden if a left challenger got 20 percent of the vote in a Democratic primary, “the downside of the 80-20 thing is that I don’t want us 20 percent to get”.
Left-wing activists and activists agree that a larger list of progressive candidates will consider campaigning if Biden refuses to run again, possibly including “Squad” members Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.). Californian MPs Khanna and Katie Porter, Warren, former presidential candidate Julián Castro and Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) Are also mentioned. If the Liberals do well in the midterms next year, it could also have an impact on how the 2024 field is shaped, especially if the elections for the party as a whole go as badly as expected.
With the exception of Porter, who has ties to Vice President Kamala Harris, the progressives do not expect any potential leftist to step down if Biden decides to stop running and hand over the baton to his Vice President.
Some Liberals even believe that elected officials currently unknown or closely associated with the left, like Rep. Joe Neguse (D-Colo.) And Illinois Governor JB Pritzker, could play a progressive lane game opening primary school in 2024.
Few of them, however, cache some of Biden’s high-ranking rivals for the 2020 nomination. Sanders, who is 80, said it was “very, very unlikely” that he will run again. Warren is younger at 72, but fell well below expectations in 2020. While many Liberals would be overjoyed if she ran, Ocasio-Cortez would be just old enough to qualify at 35 and many aren’t sure she’ll take the plunge.
One progressive agent said that in the absence of an ideal bank on the left, if Biden does not run for re-election, there will be talk of a Plan B “all I wish to be honest”.