Hillary warns Biden in private: 3rd party candidates could prove disastrous for him
White House insider calls situation ‘pretty f***ing concerning’
- Hillary Clinton privately warned President Joe Biden to take third-party challengers seriously
- Clinton lost the 2016 election in part because Green Party nominee Jill Stein siphoned off some of her potential votes
- On the November 2024 ballot, Biden could face Green Party candidate Cornel West and a moderate No Labels-endorsed candidate
Hillary Clinton warned President Joe Biden in a private meeting that he needed to take the threat of a third-party challenger seriously, as he faces all-time high disapproval ratings and sits behind former President Donald Trump in some surveys.
Clinton saw her own White House dreams dashed when she lost the 2016 election to Donald Trump – with a number of Clinton’s allies labeling Green Party nominee Jill Stein a spoiler.
Now Biden faces potential spoilers from both his political left and right – with Cornel West, a former supporter of progressive Sen. Bernie Sanders, coming after votes from Biden’s left flank and the group No Labels hoping to get a moderate on the general election ballot.
‘It’s pretty f***ing concerning,’ a source familiar with the White House’s discussions on the matter told NBC.
Polling bears out those concerns.
In an ABC News/Washington Post poll released Sunday, Biden is down by ten points against Trump, 42 percent to Trump’s 52 percent, in a two-way race, among registered voters.
NBC’s News national poll has better news for Biden – sort of.
He’s tied at 46 percent support with Trump when it’s just two of them on the ballot.
But this survey shows the damage a third-party candidate could do.
When third-party options are included, Biden loses to Trump 36 percent to 39 percent.
In that scenario a libertarian candidate would take 5 percent of the electorate, a No Labels candidate would siphon away 5 percent and a Green Party candidate would get the support of 4 percent, the poll found.
Pollsters didn’t use West’s name when asking respondents about a Green Party pick.
In an interview with The Atlantic in July, Cornel West denied he was poised to become a spoiler.
‘I would say that most of the people who vote for me would not have voted for Biden,’ he said. ‘They would have probably stayed home.’
Cornel West (right) campaigns for Sen. Bernie Sanders (left) at a New Hampshire rally in February 2020 when Sanders was running against now President Joe Biden in the Democratic primary. Now West is taking on Biden as a third-party candidate.
Another point of concern for Bidenworld is that polling shows the Democratic electorate is thirsty for choices going into 2024.
Header featured image (edited) credit: Hillary/Biden/AP picture shots /org. Daily Mail article
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