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Biden would be admired and respected infinitely more if he does NOT run again. Ego should not get in the way... Senator Feinstein would be a more respected and admired Senator had she given up her seat years ago. Now she is a " has been", like an old football that needs to be tucked away. Age is very fickle- dementia can creep up very fast and unexpectedly. Obama and Kennedy, both young presidents, brought the entire country into a different realm - we had a more energetic "step", more optimism, more energy... or at least that's how I remember I felt. The world needs capable , energetic leaders with stamina to address all the newness thrown at us constantly. For myself I am increasingly frustrated by simple changes on my computer, simple changes in protocol. Yes the president has younger people all around... that helps. But it would be great if the president and his staff had the same level of stamina.

MY vote is NO - for the love of this country , President Biden do not run again .

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Joe Biden offered himself to the nation, if my 76 year-old memory serves me, as a transitional president to bring the nation back from the brink TFG would have gladly shoved us beyond had he won. He has done that.

I remember one acronym used in completion of travel reports in Naval service. The abbreviation in the last box on the form was always "MC", standing for "Mission Complete".

Mission Complete, Joe. Done and done well. Thank you for your service. Enjoy a well-deserved rest.

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His poll numbers are terrible, he now has this new document problem and he not only is old, but also looks and speaks like a frail, elderly man. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist or a political scientist to figure out he will certainly lose. The stakes are much too high to hand the presidency and the remnants of this democracy to a hoard of fascist Republicans.

Joe Biden rescued us from the brink of calamity and saved the nation from an evil demagogue and a truly deranged Republican Party. . The honorable, decent and patriotic thing for him to do now is to announce he will not seek nor if nominated accept the nomination.

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Personally I would like to believe that Joe is not as self-centered as any Republican. That he really believed he was the best candidate in 2020 (and he was right). And that If he doesn't think he's the best candidate in 2024 he will step aside and grease the skids for the candidate he believes is best.... and can win. He knows a knock-down, drag-out contest between Democrats will not benefit the winner. Joe has some time to decide but not much.

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I wish more politicians emulated New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern and gracefully resign when the position they were elected to overwhelms.

I'm not suggesting Biden is overwhelmed, but with control of Congress lost (thanks, New York!), Biden will have a much more arduous legislative path ahead.

And while Biden's has rejected much of the damaging neoliberal policies he once ardently embraced (much to my surprise), I still think this should be his last term.

Moreover, while I envision the House majority returning to the Democrats in 2024, the Senate looks more perilous.

In the end, I truly believe that Biden should gracefully resign.

On an altogether different topic: economist Joseph Stiglitz suggests the obscenely wealthy (my term) should be taxed at 70% to reduce inequality; I somehow doubt this idea was discussed in Davos Switzerland.

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The job is physically and emotionally demanding and involves landmark decisions hourly. And travel. And I fear he would not win, which is a big reason he should not run. As an 82 y.o. retired physician, i hope he declines to run like N.Z. leader. Go out with dignity.

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He should not run again. He has done a fair job. But he has too often compromised the integrity environment, endangered species, the rail workers union, the Post Office, and immigrants on the border. He has not loudly championed the prosecution of those in government who were involved with the insurrection while at the same time speaking of republicans as reasonable people. He has too often demonstrated his pro corporate prejudices when dealing with critical issues.

We are at a very critical crossroad in terms of our planet’s habitability and our faltering democracy. A person who understands the gravity of the moment is needed and has the courage and creativity to face these challenges is much needed as a Presidential candidate for 2024. A person who will both inspire and embolden all sectors of our country who still esteem our Bill of Rights. Someone who truly gets just how the oppressed, i.e., minorities, women, LGBT, our natural world and all the lifeforms trying to survive, need an advocate with the courage and principles who will really challenge the oligarchs and fascists who at this time seem to winning the greedy and power mad dystopian future they have been planning from Ronald Reagan through this moment.

No. Joe Biden is not the right person for 2024.

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I don't want to see Biden run again. I believe 80 should surely be the cutoff. Actually more like 75 so they aren't in office at 80 years old. I'm not trying to be ageist. But confidence in a president is very important and I don't think enough will be confident he would do well for another term. I don't feel Kamala Harris has the experience or the support to win. Her staff has put out a lot of negatives about her whether they are true or not.

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Mr. Reich , The Problem People Continue to Have with President Biden is That They under estimate him ! He may have gaps at Times but being a Person who has been around Older People I can Tell you , that There is Nothing wrong with that Man’s Mind or Mental Capacity, in fact I find him a highly Skilled President who knows well with whom he deals ! and I Think he has a good Chance of beating Trump the eternal Sore Loser because he is Truth full even With what’s going on with his Trove of Documents, he didn’t hide , he didn’t hedge he just is takeing it ! Unlike Trump good or bad from that we are at least seeing Honesty at the Top which these days says something !

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We have to ask ourselves, would we as a country be better off with President Biden or whoever the Republican candidate would be?

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The document debacle is a huge blow for dems. Biden would be a very weak candidate so he would only hurt dems chances. Even though he is much more cogent than Reagan, we need a stronger candidate than he would be. I’m certain a good candidate will emerge by the time we need one.

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I am a boomer from the start of that generation. Age does play a factor and he should not run. No matter what he does they will exaggerate and lie about him. We need a generational shift.

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I worry we are at the point where any achievements must be juxtaposed with one, devastating and possibly nation-ending failure...he has not led his party or this country to hold accountable those people who tried to overthrow our government. Through this failure, he has guaranteed future coup attempts. Whether weakness, political ineptitude, capitulation to corporate interests, or whatever excuses we can make, the fact remains the same....he has failed to uphold his oath and protect us from enemies foreign and domestic. We must force the Dems and the corporations that own them to put forth a stronger leader.

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Short and sweet- NO! We have to invigorate and motivate our younger voters and Biden would be a disaster.

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I love & deeply respect Robert Reich. The fact is that if Biden became the Democratic Nominee I would support him. If he decides not to run I hope the Democratic choice is Honest, Just & continues to work on the most critical issues before us: 1 Protecting & Upholding every Pillar required in a living Democracy, 2 Protecting & Aggressively working on current Climate Crisis Emergency.

Biden has been an admirable president during a time that was riddled with extreme challenges.

I am not sure who could rise as a candidate for Democrats that would match the years of experience & demonstrate the wisdom Biden has displayed.

However, that doesn’t mean that there are not honorable, passionate & humanitarian leadership that can step in and win. There is one individual who has demonstrated the character & intelligence required Jamie Raskin. I am sure there are others but he stands out to me.

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The past couple of months I’ve notice a rather troubling thing about President Biden; his gait has become unsteady. And his speech shakes.

He has as done some very good things, but certainly a Democrat can be found that brings a new vision to the race. Even Bernie has a more vital presence and he is “older.” But a younger person with vision is needed.

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