Former senior advisor to President Barack Obama, David Axelrod, tried to walk back his comments over the weekend questioning whether President Joe Biden should remain in the 2024 race for the White House.
“It’s overreacting to say I told him to drop out,” Axelrod told Politico. “I didn’t do that.”
“He’s the only one to make the decision,” he added. “And if his decision is ‘no, I’m the best person to take this on,’ then he will.”
On Sunday, Axelrod suggested Biden drop out of the 2024 presidential race after a New York Times/Sienna College poll showed the incumbent president trailing Donald Trump in five out of six battleground states including Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada and Pennsylvania.
Biden is only ahead of Trump in Wisconsin.
“The @POTUS is justly proud of his accomplishments. Trump is a dangerous, unhinged demagogue whose brazen disdain for the rules, norms, laws and institutions or democracy should be disqualifying. But the stakes of miscalculation here are too dramatic to ignore,” Axelrod wrote on Sunday.
“Only @JoeBiden can make this decision,” he added. “If he continues to run, he will be the nominee of the Democratic Party. What he needs to decide is whether that is wise; whether it’s in HIS best interest or the country’s?”