Despite concerns about President Biden’s connections to his son Hunter Biden’s ongoing legal issues, Democrats do not appear ready to abandon him as their party’s nominee for the 2024 election. The House Oversight Committee recently held a closed-door interview with former Hunter Biden business associate Devon Archer, during which he mentioned that Hunter had included his father on speakerphone in various meetings with business associates.
However, a Democratic lawmaker on the committee argued that this testimony did not indicate that then-Vice President Biden was involved in Hunter’s business dealings.
While Hunter Biden’s legal troubles have become a subject of political focus, with Republicans seeking to link the president to his son’s business transactions, there is yet to be solid evidence showing President Biden’s direct involvement.
Veteran Democratic consultant and pollster Doug Schoen emphasized that he has seen no such evidence from Devon Archer’s testimony or elsewhere to suggest that the president was involved in his son’s business dealings.
Democratic strategist Chris Moyer dismissed suggestions that Democrats would consider asking Biden to step aside as their nominee in 2024 due to his son’s legal predicaments. Moyer highlighted that the economy’s performance would matter most to both Democrats and key swing voters during the general election.
Until there is concrete evidence implicating President Biden, most Democrats seem content to view Hunter Biden’s actions as separate from his father’s.
However, some progressive strategists cautioned that if President Biden’s primary opponents begin echoing Republican criticism of Hunter Biden, it could become a concern for Democrats. It is essential for Biden’s supporters to counter any attacks and convince Americans that the president deserves a second term based on his policies and achievements.
In addition to navigating the Hunter Biden-related controversies, President Biden faces challenges from long-shot Democratic primary candidates, including Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Marianne Williamson, and Cornel West, who launched a third-party bid.
While Biden’s approval ratings have been low, Democrats seem willing to stand by him for now, focusing on policy matters and weathering any political attacks that may come their way.