More and more Democrats are turning their backs on Joe Biden.
Ohio Democrat Senate candidate Tim Ryan doesn’t want Joe Biden to seek another term in the White House and he’s not afraid to say it. During a debate against Trump-endorsed opponent J.D. Vance, Ryan doubled down on his previous comments that senior leaders in politics need to step aside.
“I’ve been very clear. I’d like to see a generational change,” Ryan said at a Monday night debate for the Ohio Senate against Republican candidate J.D. Vance.
“Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump, the president, everybody,” the Senate candidate added. “We need a new generation of leadership.”
Biden has repeatedly affirmed his plans to run for another term as president despite his low approval ratings and more Democrats emerging to oppose the potential run.
A recent poll from ABC News and the Washington Post indicated that only 35% of Democrat-registered and Democrat-leaning independent respondents want Biden to seek reelection.
Ryan isn’t the first Democrat to publicly state his aversion to Biden’s political plans. Democrat Michigan Rep. Elissa Slotkin also said Sunday that Biden should bow out of the 2024 race.
“I have been very vocal, including with my own leadership in the House, that we need a new generation. We need new blood, period, across the Democratic Party — in the House, the Senate and the White House. I think that the country has been saying that,” Slotkin said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“The environment politically across the country is poisonous, and people I think want some change,” Ryan said. “It’s important for us, in both parties, these leaders who have been around for a while, I think it’s time for some generational change.”
Election prognosticators with RealClearPolitics have labeled the Ohio Senate race as a GOP stronghold but the race has been competitive as Rep. Ryan has attempted to portray himself as a moderate Democrat.