The Biden administration is expressing concerns over potential third-party candidates affecting his re-election campaign in 2024. The rise of third-party candidates such as Cornel West and those running on the ‘No Labels’ ticket has Democrats on edge, fearing a repeat of the impact Jill Stein had on the 2016 election. To address these concerns, the White House has even resorted to legal action against No Labels.
A recent NBC News poll reveals that in a head-to-head matchup between President Biden and former President Donald Trump, they are tied at 46%. However, when third-party options are included, Trump takes the lead with 39% compared to Biden’s 36%. This statistic has Biden’s inner circle worried, as third-party candidates have become their primary concern.
The potential influence of Cornel West, a notable academic, and the yet-to-be-named candidate from the “No Labels” group, as well as nominees from established parties like the Green Party and Libertarian Party, are causing anxiety within Biden’s team. Several individuals who are regularly in contact with the White House have expressed their concern about these third-party hopefuls, opting to speak anonymously to avoid angering the president.
The situation presents a twofold problem for Biden. On one side, the No Labels group is actively attracting moderate voters with a well-funded effort. On the other side, Cornel West could potentially sway Biden’s base, which includes Black voters and some liberal white voters, even if the impact is minimal.
Hillary Clinton, who experienced the consequences of third-party candidates in the 2016 election, is reportedly warning Biden about the potential disaster they could bring to his campaign. Details of their private meeting have not been disclosed, but it seems to have left a lasting impression on both politicians.
The irony lies in the fact that Democrats have long championed their commitment to “our democracy.” However, their concerns about third-party candidates seem to contradict this stance. Shouldn’t “our democracy” accommodate and welcome all candidates?
While the context remains the same, expanding the article to 300 to 500 words allows for a deeper analysis of the potential implications these third-party candidates may have on Biden’s campaign. It also provides more room to explore the irony of Democrats’ concerns about their impact on democracy.