President Joe Biden and his campaign are confident that he can pull in over $1 billion for the 2024 presidential election despite lagging poll numbers and concerns about his age.
“For us, this is about a 19-month marathon, it’s not a sprint,” Jeffrey Katzenberg, the film producer, told the Financial Times. “The excitement and enthusiasm level since he’s announced, certainly from the high-end donors I’ve been in touch with, has been very, very high.”
Katzenberg’s claim that enthusiasm for Biden seems disjointed from a recent poll that found just 32 percent of Americans believe the 80-year-old has the “mental sharpness it takes to serve effectively as president.”
The FT also noted that a Washington Post-ABC News poll released Sunday found former President Donald Trump leading Biden by 7 percentage points in a general election matchup.
Katzenberg, who is 72, tried to brush off concerns about the president’s age and called Biden “80 years young.”
“He is fit and engaged and has a high level of energy,” Katzenberg told the paper.
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Biden announced his 2024 run early to mobilize the big Democratic donors. Indeed, CNBC noted that Alexander Soros, the son of billionaire investor George Soros, tweeted that he’s “ridin with Biden,” and Reid Hoffman, the LinkedIn co-founder, said he is planning to host fundraisers for the president to assure victory in 2024.
Gerald Celente has forecast that Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will win the race to the White House in 2024 and recent polls are indicating growing weakness for Democratic voters to support the ruling establishment. A poll in April, conducted by The Wall Street Journal found that 27 percent of voters under 26 said they were undecided about who they should support in the next presidential election.
“I think what we’re seeing now is a higher level of cynicism and a lack of party attachment,” Molly Murphy, a Democratic pollster, told the paper. “When you combine that with lower turnout rates, it’s less about worrying that these voters are going to vote Republican and more about making sure they vote.”
The paper spoke to Yaelin Garcia, a 21-year-old student at Arizona State University who took issue with Biden’s approval of an oil drilling project in the Alaskan Arctic and said these policies are “literally destroying our world even quicker than at the rate we’re going.”
“Instead of making things better, he’s making it worse,” she said.
One of the reasons Biden won in 2020 was that he was able to win the black vote in the U.S., but that support is not assured in 2024. A recent Associated Press poll found that just 41 percent of Black adults said they wanted Biden to run for a second term. About 55 percent said they would likely support him in the general election.
Kennedy, in the meantime, said he can defeat Biden in the primary for the Democratic nomination.
“I think I’m probably in better shape to win a general election than any other person on the Democratic ticket,” he told Fox News.