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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Democrat Voters Rebuke DNC, Solid Majority Want Biden, RFK Jr. Debate

'If I were in his shoes, I wouldn't want to debate, either. But I think it's bad for America at this point... '

(Mark Pellin, Headline USA) Democrat voters delivered a stinging rebuke to their party’s politically incestuous leaders and their attempt to pave an easy path for President Joe Biden’s reelection bid, with a majority of them expressing a keen desire to see the incumbent on a debate stage with challenger Robert F. Kennedy Jr..

Assuming, of course, the stumbler-in-chief could keep on his feet for a debate with anybody.

A solid majority comprising nearly 58% of Democrat voters want to see a primary debate between the two top contenders, according to a Trafalgar Group poll released Monday. Close to 80% of all likely general election voters for the 2024 tilt want to see the same debate matchup, including 93% of Republicans and 80% unaffiliated voters polled.

Although Kennedy continues to trail Biden in recent polling, with the incumbent up 62% to 16%, the popular Democrat scion has seen his national profile spike after an establishment-challenging appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, a similarly explosive interview with Daily Wire’s Jordan Peterson, along with an endorsement from Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey.

Biden’s age also remained a significant concern for likely voters in the Trafalgar poll, with nearly 30% of Democrats conceding that “Biden is too old to effectively serve a 2nd term in the White House,” while 92% of Republicans and 64% of unaffiliated voters expressed similar worries.

None of which has compelled the Democrat National Committee to revisit its controversial decision to skip primary presidential debates, and strong-arm donors into funding Biden’s campaign.

“Some of the donors say they are expecting to be asked to organize future events to raise money for Biden’s reelection,” the Washington Post informed. “The national Democratic Party has said it will support Biden’s reelection, and it has no plans to sponsor primary debates.”

Kennedy blasted the decision when it was announced, calling it “unfortunate,” and he reiterated that point this week during an interview with The Hill’s Rising.

“I would love to participate in a debate if President Biden participates. I think it’s wrong that he’s not going to participate,” Kennedy said.

“If he doesn’t feel that he can debate, it’s not good,” he said of Biden’s dodge. “Because there are so many people in this country who feel that the system is rigged.”

Kennedy called the incumbent’s decision to stay off a debate stage a “strategic choice” for Biden.

“If I were in his shoes, I wouldn’t want to debate, either,” Kennedy said. “But I think it’s bad for America at this point.”

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