“The View” host Sara Haines lamented the Democrats’ lack of options going into the 2024 presidential election, saying that the party didn’t really have the “privilege” of a candidate other than President Joe Biden.
Haines began by referencing the most recent poll numbers — which have only gotten worse for Biden as he approaches the last year of his term. She then noted that even if Biden were to step aside, the traditionally logical next choice seemed to be a non-starter as well — mainly because Vice President Kamala Harris was doing worse in polls than Biden.
Sara Haines argues Democrats don't have "the privilege of another candidate" and noted "Vice President Harris is polling even worse" than him and "You can't step over her." pic.twitter.com/T32MyWX1uj
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The conversation began with cohost Ana Navarro, who said that Democrats should be looking at Biden’s poor poll numbers as a call to action.
Saying that it was “a wake-up call to organize, to mobilize, to register people, to talk about the accomplishments of this administration,” Navarro added, “Stop clutching your pearls and get to work.”
Haines responded by expressing her concern that Democrats didn’t have many options left, saying, “With all the disclaimers about polls in general, I do think these numbers were really echoing what we’ve been hearing lately, of people saying they had concerns of certain things.”
“I see it more as a campaign strategy, because I think the privilege of another candidate is just not there. What’s the — when they talk about Biden stepping down, what’s the next choice? Where do you go from there?” she asked. “Because now you talk about Vice President Harris, who is polling, if we would go with the polling, even worse. But you can’t step over her, so what are you doing in this one-year runway?”
Haines went on to say that the one thing she had seen that shocked her was polling indicating that former Governor Nikki Haley (R-SC) might do well in a head-to-head match-up with former President Donald Trump – who is currently leading a still-crowded field by a wide margin in the Republican primary.