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Van Jones asks shock Biden question: ‘Would you give this grandpa a high-stress job for six more years?’

 September 8, 2023

A well-known CNN commentator on Thursday stated that American voters are raising concerns about the re-election of President Joe Biden, suggesting that giving him another term would be akin to assigning "grandpa a high-stress job for six more years," as the Daily Mail reported.

Van Jones, once a part of President Barack Obama's team during Biden's vice-presidential tenure, made these remarks in light of a recent CNN poll.

The poll revealed a tight race between Biden and most Republican contenders, except for Nikki Haley, who has a notable lead over the current president in a hypothetical matchup. Jones attributed Biden's dipping 39% approval rate to growing apprehensions surrounding his age.

Jones said, "Joe Biden's like that grandpa that you love, that you believe in. But you start to wonder, you know, would you give this grandpa a high-stress job for six more years, or would you want something else for him?"

The CNN Poll and Democratic Views

Though apparently indicative of public sentiment, the poll paints a sobering picture for Biden's campaign. According to the survey, 73% of individuals expressed serious worry over the president's cognitive fitness, and 76% doubted his capacity to complete another four-year term if re-elected.

Even within the Democratic Party, a notable shift is evident. Approximately 67% believe the party should put forth a different candidate, an increase from 54% earlier this year.

Both Trump and Biden are currently sitting at a 35% favorability score. As Biden gears up for the G20 summit in India, Jones points out that the election is still a considerable time away, implying the possibility of a turnaround.

Economic Discontent Among Voters

Jones also expressed concerns about the growing disconnect between seemingly improving economic indicators and the prevailing sentiment among voters.

"He may go up as the economy improves, but right now, the economy is getting better and fears about the economy are getting worse," Jones stated.

He urged Democrats to recognize the palpable dissatisfaction among their base, emphasizing the need to reinforce their policies' value.

Reactions to the Poll

The discussion also saw Jones respond to remarks by former Obama aide Jim Messina, who brushed off the dismal polling as an overreaction by certain Democrats.

Challenging this view, Jones quipped, "If Jim Messina says that we're bedwetters, invest in Pampers and Depends because a lot of people are terrified that Joe Biden is in real trouble - and that you can't talk about it."

The Republican Contest

The same CNN poll showcases a narrow lead for Trump, the top Republican contender, over Biden, by a margin of 47% to 46%. A similar trend is observed in aggregated polling data from sources like RealClearPolitics, where Biden has a 1-point lead over Trump.

Among the GOP contenders, Haley stands out, leading Biden by a margin of 49% to 43%. Several Republicans have been vocal about their reservations regarding Biden's age and capability. Haley, in particular, has questioned Biden's fitness, suggesting the 80-year-old may not live to complete another term.

Despite her strong showing against Biden, Haley trails significantly against her own Republican peers, particularly against Trump. Polling matchups with other potential Republican candidates reveal close margins against Biden.

Haley's Bold Claims

In a recent interview on Fox News, Haley openly shared her perspective, stating, "We all know Joe Biden thinks he's going to run and win this election and then he's going to hand it off to a president Kamala Harris." She expressed confidence in her potential candidacy and declared her intent to dominate over Biden in any electoral matchup.

Trump's Polling Performance

Despite legal entanglements, Trump's polling remains robust, which may undermine arguments by critics who believe his legal challenges make him less electable.