“Don’t run, Joe.”
That’s the blunt message a progressive left-wing Democratic group is sending in a new television ad in New Hampshire urging President Biden not to seek reelection in 2024, contending he will wind up putting a Republican in the White House.
RootsAction, which describes itself on its Twitter page as a “progressive group that helped defeat Trump,” began running the minute-long “don’t run, Joe” spot in the Granite State on Tuesday night, employing the voices of Democratic voters to outline the reasons why Biden, 80, should not be the nominee in two years.
“We can’t afford to risk the White House to a Republican who could defeat Status Quo Joe,” said one New Hampshire voter as images showed former President Donald Trump, 76, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, 44.
“I’m concerned with Joe Biden’s low polling,” said another.
“With his low popularity, it’s too much of a gamble,” a woman said.
RootsAction began the “don’t run, Joe” campaign a day after the Nov. 8 midterm elections, and is seeking signatures for an online petition.
“Our ideas are way more popular than Joe Biden’s,” said a woman in the ad.
“There’s no question that we have a climate emergency, it’s a question of willingness to do something about it,” said another.
A poll released Tuesday found that 58% of Americans agree with RootsAction about Biden, who would be 86 at the end of a second term.
And Biden, whose job approval numbers have been stalled in the middle 30s, has “vented to allies” about all the talk about his age and the election, according to a report.
“You think I don’t know how f—ing old I am?” a frustrated Biden said earlier this year, Politico reported.
Norman Solomon, one of the founders of RootsAction, said the president should “heed the voters of his party rather than simply declaring watch me run for reelection.”
“His public approval ratings remain dismal, as they have been all year,” Solomon said in a statement on Twitter. “No amount of bravado from the White House can change the severe vulnerabilities that a Biden 2024 campaign would face.”
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