President Joe Biden woke up with a major headache when he learned that Jill Stein, the former Green Party presidential nominee, plans to seek the Green Party nomination for president in 2024. Stein, who previously ran in 2012 and 2016, announced her plans on Wednesday night, taking a direct shot at Biden’s spending on the “war machine.” She criticized both Democrats and Republicans, claiming they have betrayed their promises to the American people. Stein called for voters to have a viable alternative to the established politicians who she believes have failed them.
In addition to her criticisms, Stein outlined a left-wing agenda that includes providing living-wage jobs for all Americans, guaranteeing an Economic Bill of Rights, abolishing student debt and medical debt, and creating a Green New Deal to combat climate change. She also emphasized the need for real democracy and empowering the people.
Biden’s Road to Re-Election Bid Just Got Rougher After Another Left-Winger Announces Run pic.twitter.com/q1IyAaCgcl
— The Liberty Loft (@thelibertyloft) November 9, 2023
Despite the unlikely chance of Stein gaining significant traction in the 2024 race, her candidacy poses a threat to Biden by potentially siphoning off votes from him. This is a concern for Democratic supporters who still resent Stein for her impact on the 2016 race, arguing that had voters in crucial swing states chosen Clinton over Stein, Clinton would have been elected president. With Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Cornel West also in the race, it’s clear that Biden is facing challenges from within his own party.
As Biden’s poll numbers continue to decline across various categories, the entry of Stein into the race is bound to give his campaign a major headache. While it remains to be seen if Stein can make significant waves, her presence certainly adds a new dynamic to the 2024 election. It will be interesting to see how Biden and his team handle this unexpected challenge from the left.