The vast majority of Democrat voters want President Joe Biden to publicly debate his lead 2024 primary challenger, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a new poll has revealed.
As Slay News previously reported, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) announced last month that it will not hold any Democrat primary debates.
The move has outraged Biden’s challengers and Democrat voters.
According to a new USA Today/Suffolk University poll, a whopping 80 percent of Democrat primary voters say they want to see Biden debate Kennedy.
The number even includes 72% of those who say they plan on supporting President Biden.
The poll consisted of 293 registered voters who said they will vote in Democrat primaries and caucuses.
However, almost immediately after Biden announced in April 2023 that he would seek re-election, the word that the Democrats would not sponsor any debates spread like wildfire.
The DNC said it would support Biden’s re-election but claimed that Biden faces no serious opposition, the Washington Post reported.
“As you know, no incumbent R [Republican] or D [Democrat] have done debates,” Biden campaign spokesman Kevin Munoz told USA Today in an email.
Weeks earlier, actor James Van Der Beek went viral on social media by calling out the Democratic Party over the move.
He accused officials of being “backroom” operators for not agreeing to host any debates.
“There’s no debate, there’s no democracy,” Van Der Beek said in a video posted to TikTok.
“No primary, no legitimate president.
“How do we have a government, how do we have democracy if we’re letting a small, little back room of people make all the important decisions for us?” he asked.
“That’s not a democracy, and it doesn’t work.
“Because y’all have been wrong about a lot these last couple years in that back room.
“No debate, no democracy.”
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— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) May 30, 2023
While Biden’s 46-point lead over RFK Jr. is wider than President Donald Trump’s 38-point gap between himself and Gov. Ron DeSantis, Trump faces a field of 10 opponents.
The latest polling shows Trump holds a 61% favorability rating as a candidate.
The Democrats’ refusal to acknowledge Kennedy severely backfire in the long run, however.
While Kennedy’s politics appeal to centrist Democrats, a lot of his talking points, such as his pro-border security and anti-abortion advocacy, align with conservatives.
Even if he doesn’t get enough support to win, Kennedy could mop up a large portion of Democrat voters before losing to Biden in the primary.
Should he then endorse Trump over Biden, the shift could be enough to sink the Democrat president’s reelection campaign in a humiliating landslide.