The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has announced that there will not be any debates for the 2024 Democrat primary, despite President Joe Biden already having challengers for the nomination.
Two Democrats challenging Biden in the 2024 primary have fired back over the absence of planned debates.
The Washington Post reported that the DNC said it will support Biden and has no plans to sponsor primary debates.
Declared candidates Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and self-help author Marianne Williamson blasted the DNC over the move.
“The DNC, at this point, has taken the official position that there will be no debate, and I think that’s unfortunate,” Kennedy Jr. told Breitbart News.
He also slammed the DNC for passing changes that would make South Carolina, where Biden began his primary comeback in 2020, the first nominating state on the party’s presidential primary calendar ahead of Iowa and New Hampshire.
“There’s too many Americans who already think that the whole system is rigged against them,” said Kennedy Jr., the son of U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy and a nephew of President John F. Kennedy.
“And this is confirmation of that,” he asserted.
“And I think that’s troubling.”
Williamson, who previously ran for president in the 2020 election, shot back at the Democrats in a Monday post on Twitter.
“As though there simply ARE no other candidates … no other ideas we should discuss about ways to win in 2024, or other ideas we should discuss about ways to repair the country,” she said.
“Too many people are too smart to accept this.”
The DNC “plans no primary debates.”
As though there simply ARE no other candidates … no other ideas we should discuss about ways to win in 2024, or other ideas we should discuss about ways to repair the country.
Too many people are too smart to accept this.
— Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) April 24, 2023
Meanwhile, on the Republican side, President Donald Trump is seeking re-election among a growing pool of candidates.
Fox News has also been chosen to host the first primary debate in August.
Biden has said he intends to seek re-election but has yet to make an official announcement.
Aides are said to be finalizing plans to release a video on Tuesday to officially launch Biden’s campaign, the Washington Post reported last week.
However, a mere 26% of Americans and 47% of Democrats want Biden to run again, according to a recent Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll.
The same poll found 78% of Democrats say they approve of Biden’s job performance, and 81% said they would at least probably support Biden if he becomes the nominee in the general election.
Biden’s expected announcement comes as some, including the New York Times editorial board, raise concerns about his age and fitness for office.
Already the oldest person to be president at 80, Biden would be 86 at the end of a second term.
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