President Joe Biden and his handlers have insisted that the aging, cognitively fragile man will mount a run for a second term in the White House in 2024, though many doubt that it’s even remotely possible, given that he’ll not only likely lose to a Republican, but also due to his rapid aging.
Nobody — not even his biggest fans — can truthfully say that President Biden could continue in the White House until 2028, making him nearly 86 years old by the end of a second term. But according to the New York Post, there might be a strong alternative to Kamala Harris stepping in, if Biden bows out.
The Post reported that sources indicate that New York Mayor Eric Adams (D), freshly elected last year to replace Bill de Blasio, is possibly eyeing up a 2024 White House run, assuming Biden decides to step aside.
He’s been mayor of NYC for about five minutes, crime is off the charts, ridership is down on the subway, tourism & commercial real estate are in the toilet. He has zero points on the board. Why is Eric Adams eyeing a White House run in 2024? https://t.co/C2AFCNsTLR
— Brian Doherty (@BDOH) May 22, 2022
“Eric has told me repeatedly that he thinks that he has a platform to run for national office, for president in 2024. He has said that repeatedly,” a source close to the mayor reportedly told the outlet.
They added: “He thinks New York is a national platform. He thinks the national party has gotten too far to the left and he thinks he has a platform to win.”
The Post quoted an unnamed GOP lawmaker who reportedly broached the subject with Adams, noting that a strong, Black Democrat could be the ticket for the Democratic Party, assuming Adams solves the “crime problem” in the big city first.
“I said you really have to consider that you are young enough where you will have a life after the mayoralty and if you solve the crime problem there would be a lot of interest in a big city Democrat, African American with progressive values but who mediated the crime problem in a major city,” the anonymous Republican said.
There’s a lot of time between now and 2024, but with Biden and VP Harris completely underwater in approval polling, Democratic operatives in high places likely have candidates like Adams on their list of interesting replacements.