Potential Successors Loom as Biden’s Political Crisis Deepens

Following an unconvincing debate performance against Donald Trump, conversations within the Democratic party are increasingly revolving around potential successors if President Biden were to withdraw from the campaign trail. Right at the top of the most probable candidates list is Vice President Kamala Harris.

Biden’s Defiant Stand

Despite the brewing crisis, an 81-year-old Biden continues to assert his determination to remain in the race. He underscored this sentiment during a recent campaign rally in Wisconsin and in an interview with ABC. As Biden put it, only a divine intervention would lead to his withdrawal from the race.

Who Could Take the Helm?

Amid the palpable uncertainty, Democratic leaders, donors, and pundits are pondering whether President Biden could maintain his campaign. If he were to step down, the most plausible successor seems to be Kamala Harris. Famous political figures such as Gavin Newsom, Gretchen Whitmer, and Pete Buttigieg are also in the running. However, Kamala Harris has a unique advantage as Vice President that could help avoid a reactive nomination debate at the Democratic National Convention.

Kamala Harris: A Front Runner

Harris, the first Black woman in the history of the US to serve as vice president, could appeal to the Democratic base. At 59, she is more well-known than any other potential candidates. Furthermore, many believe she has the capability to present a strong case against former President Trump.

Prospects of Other Candidates: Harris, Newsom, Whitmer, Buttigieg

Each of these possible candidates has their advantages and limitations. Harris, as Biden’s loyal vice president, has already gained the trust of millions of Democratic voters. Yet, some critics argue that America may not be ready for a woman, particularly a Black woman, in the country’s highest office.

California Governor Gavin Newsom, known for his effectiveness and articulateness, has demonstrated resilience in political slugfests. However, his association with California’s liberal policies and high taxes could be a potential drawback.

Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer is popular and successful, especially in the crucial Rust Belt swing states. Yet her national recognition among Democratic voters may be limited and some believe her gender could be an obstacle.

Pete Buttigieg, Biden’s transportation secretary, has impressive communication skills and is a popular moderate Democrat. But his youth and inexperience, along with concerns surrounding his sexual identity, could hinder his chances among certain voter demographics.

Even Michelle Obama?

Surprisingly, even former first lady Michelle Obama is a poll favorite, despite consistently stating she has no intent to run for office.

As the political scene whirls with possibilities, it’s become a game of wait and watch for Democrats and American citizens alike.


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