Why It Might Be Time for Biden to Pass the Torch?

 May 22, 2024

In a surprising turn of events, speculation is mounting that Vice President Kamala Harris could replace President Joe Biden as the Democratic presidential candidate in 2024. 

In a Fox News commentary, Liz Peek noted that Kamala Harris's enhanced stature and increasing support within the Democratic Party might position her as a leading candidate. Given Joe Biden's waning popularity, this shift comes as the party may seek alternatives at the convention.

Harris Actively Campaigns, Builds Relationships With Key Democrats

Harris has been diligently working to strengthen her political position, engaging in a flurry of campaign activities and building relationships with influential Democrats. She has met with women's and Black groups, traveled to swing states, and even entertained important party members at her home.

These efforts have not gone unnoticed, as Harris' approval ratings, while still relatively low at 38%, are slightly better than Biden's. Moreover, she enjoys strong support from Black voters, a crucial demographic for the Democratic Party.

The scheduling of the first presidential debate on June 27, much earlier than usual, has further fueled speculation about the possibility of Democrats replacing Biden at the convention.

Polls Show Trump Leading In Critical Swing States, Raising Concerns For Democrats

Recent polls have revealed that former President Donald Trump is leading in key swing states, a development that could spell disaster for Biden and down-ballot candidates.

This has prompted vulnerable Senate candidates in toss-up states like Pennsylvania and Nevada to distance themselves from the president, fearing the potential negative impact of being associated with the top of the ticket.

Biden's age, apparent infirmity, and declining popularity have led some political analysts to anticipate his withdrawal from the race for months. The situation has become increasingly dire for the incumbent president and his party.

Democratic Convention Could Consider Alternative Candidates If Biden Withdraws

During the Democratic convention, delegates have the technical ability to choose another candidate if Biden withdraws or if a majority of delegates are convinced that he is no longer fit for the task. As Liz Peek points out, "There is no legal obligation for any of those delegates to back Biden."

This scenario played out in 1968 when President Lyndon Johnson withdrew from the presidential race, and delegates selected his vice president, Hubert Humphrey, as the nominee despite many within the party advocating for an anti-war candidate.

Suppose the Democratic convention opens up to considering alternative candidates. In that case, Harris is likely to emerge as the nominee due to her extensive coast-to-coast politicking and the backing of influential Black leaders.


The 2024 presidential race has taken an unexpected turn as speculation grows about the possibility of Kamala Harris replacing Joe Biden as the Democratic nominee. Harris' improved standing among Democrats, coupled with Biden's declining popularity and the party's concerns about his age and electability, has positioned her as a potential frontrunner.

If the Democratic convention decides to consider alternative candidates, Harris' active campaigning and support from key demographics could propel her to the nomination. However, the party will need to carefully weigh the risks and benefits of such a move, as it could have far-reaching implications for the election and the future of the Democratic Party.

About Robert Cunningham

With years of experience at the forefront of political commentary, Robert Cunningham brings a blend of sharp wit and deep insight to his analysis of American principles at the Capitalism Institute.

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