Political match-up: Ailing president vs. nation's youngest governor

Political match-up: Ailing president vs. nation's youngest governor

Political match-up: Ailing president vs. nation's youngest governor

President Biden will deliver a State of the Union address tonight to a country where his own political party wants him gone according to an eye-opening poll. Meanwhile, the nation’s youngest governor will deliver the Republican Party’s response and has promised to speak to a new generation of leaders.

When the president speaks tonight, he will be doing so against the backdrop of an Associated Press-NORC Center poll that shows just 37% of Democrats want the 80-year-old to seek a second term. That figure is down from the already-worrisome 52% in a poll done before last year's midterm elections.

Meanwhile, Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders has said she will follow Biden and describe a “new chapter in the story of America” that will be led by a new generation of leaders “ready to defend our freedom against the radical left and expand access to quality education, jobs, and opportunity for all.”

Sanders, best known as President Donald Trump’s press secretary, was sworn in as Arkansas governor January 11. She made history by becoming the nation’s youngest current governor at age 40 and her state’s first female governor.

David Cox, of the Arkansas-based Family Council, predicts Gov. Sanders will speak about serious issues that are facing our country at the moment. That is because, he tells AFN, her administration in Arkansas is vastly different from what is happening in Washington, D.C.  

“And I think that's a contrast that the people will appreciate, especially folks in Arkansas,” he says. “They understand that this is a conservative leader that they have as governor right now.”

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In regards to those bad poll numbers for Biden, J. Christian Adams of the Public Interest Legal Foundation says it is the “hardcore progressives” who want him off the 2024 presidential ticket because he is too “moderate” in their eyes. That might sound crazy to Republicans and conservatives, he adds, but it's true.

“They want a hardcore progressive to lead the party,” he says. “These are the progressives leading the attack on Biden to get him to step aside." 

In addition to the Associated Press/NORC Center poll, only 31% of Democrats and Democrat-leaning independents told an ABC News/Washington Post poll they want Biden to be the 2024 nominee. On the contrary, 58% said they prefer someone else.