Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) said Sunday that voters in both parties are running away from their current and former party leaders, current President Biden and former President Trump.
“The Democrats don’t want Biden or [Vice President] Neither does Harris, and the Republicans frankly don’t want Trump. And they’re the ones trying to consume the TV time,” McCrory said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” during a panel discussion.
The former governor and Senate candidate highlighted comments made earlier this week by former Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) that Trump’s “unelectability will be palpable” in the 2024 presidential election.
“There are about 20 Republican presidential candidates running right now who also really believe this, and they can’t say it because they don’t want to upset the 30 percent who are with Trump, regardless,” said McCrory. .
“And by the way, the Democrats are also running away from Biden in this election. They don’t want — the Democrats don’t want Biden on stage,” he said.
McCrory’s comments are in line with a number of recent polls showing that Trump’s and Biden’s party bases are not enthusiastic about a re-election bid by either potential candidate.
Democratic support for a Biden re-election bid appeared to be rising in some polls as his approval ratings recovered from record lows, while Republican support for Trump appeared to be falling in some results.
Polls testing a hypothetical match-up between the two candidates have revealed a close race.
Biden has expressed his intention to run and recently stated his confidence that he could beat Trump again. Trump has not formally declared a re-election bid, although he often teases it. Recent polls show the former president as the favorite in a hypothetical GOP primary.
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