House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy ridiculed President Biden and his Democratic Party on Thursday, saying they had hit ‘rock bottom’ amid suggestions that Hillary Clinton should run again in 2024.
Clinton lost the party nomination to Barack Obama in 2008 and was beaten by Donald Trump in 2016 – although she won the popular vote.
But her name was floated this week by two operatives as the best option to replace Biden and Kamala Harris on the Democratic ticket at a time when their administration was deeply unpopular – much to the glee of Republicans.
‘Think about that for one moment,’ McCarthy told Fox News.
‘The Democrats have the House, the Senate, the presidency and they’re talking about bringing Hillary Clinton back. A retread.
‘This is how bad the economy is going, this is how bad Joe Biden is serving as president, that they would go clear back to somebody that the country has rejected.
‘It’s an embarrassment for the Democrats.’
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy ridiculed President Joe Biden and his party after two strategists floated Hillary Clinton’s name as a credible candidate for 2024
Clinton would fill a ‘leadership vacuum’ created by Biden’s low approval rating and Vice President Kamala Harris’s unpopularity, write Douglas E. Schoen and Andrew Stein
Biden’s approval rating has crashed below 40 percent as his administration fails to make good on his campaign promise to ‘beat’ the coronavirus pandemic.
Harris’s office has been beset by reports of dysfunction and resignations.
And this week there was dire economic news as inflation hit seven percent.
Clinton’s name was thrown into the 2024 mix by two Democratic operatives, Douglas E. Schoen and Andrew Stein.
Writing in the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, they said the former senator and Secretary of States, was best placed to give Democrats a fighting chance of winning.
‘Several circumstances – President Biden’s low approval rating, doubts over his capacity to run for re-election at 82, Vice President Harris’s unpopularity, and the absence of another strong Democrat to lead the ticket in 2024 – have created a leadership vacuum in the party, which Mrs. Clinton viably could fill,’ they write.
McCarthy said it showed how Republicans had a deeper bench than Democrats.
‘They have hit rock bottom,’ he said.
He added that it made a mockery of what he said was an attempt to ‘take over’ the election system.
‘And now their only hope is Hillary Clinton,’ he said.
‘I think tomorrow is going to be a better day for America because the Republicans have a much better bench than looking backwards to Hillary Clinton.’
A USA Today/Suffolk University poll released Monday shows Joe Biden starting 2022 with just 40% approval and Vice President Kamala Harris with a 32% approval rating
Biden and his aides have publicly said that he plans to run again but their language falls short of a firm commitment.
And he would finish his term as an 85-year-old were he to run.
Doubts about his fitness for office and approval ratings that have been in the low 40s since October have also raised a question mark over 2024.
Harris may have been picked as his running mate to offer a more youthful face on the ticket, but any thoughts of her as his heir apparent appear to have evaporated with her own plunging ratings and questions about her management style.
She has faced frequent criticism since taking on the challenge of tackling the root causes of migration from Central America, with no sign of arrivals slowing at the southern border.
Meanwhile, Clinton has reemerged into the political limelight.
Last month she gave a major interview to NBC’s Today Show, as part of a promotional push for her MasterClass video lecture.
She’s predicted a comeback by her old Republican nemesis.
‘If I were a betting person right now, I’d say Trump is gonna run again. I mean, he seems to be setting himself up to do that and if he’s not held accountable, then he gets to do it again,’ she said.