Michelle Obama won't replace Biden in 2024, former senior Obama advisor says

Conservatives have speculated that Michelle Obama could replace Biden in the presidential race.

Published: February 11, 2024 9:07am

Updated: February 11, 2024 11:48am

Former first lady Michelle Obama has no plans on replacing President Joe Biden in the 2024 presidential election, former Obama White House advisor David Axelrod said. 

Axelrod told CNN host Michael Smerconish on Saturday that Michelle Obama "never was interested in a political life" even though her husband, former President Barack Obama, ran for U.S. Senate in 2004 and later served in the White House from 2009 to 2017. "She is not someone who likes politics. She doesn't like the tone and tenor of politics."

Speaking to the possibility of Michelle Obama replacing Biden on the Democratic ticket, Axelrod said: "I would be floored if she would consent to that. They feel that they gave 10 years of their life to this. And I'm sure she feels as Barbara Bush did when she said there has to be someone other than the Bushes and the Clintons who could be President of the United States. My guess is that's her attitude."

Conservatives, meanwhile, have speculated that Michelle Obama could replace Biden in the presidential race.

"I think that it should not be shocking to see someone like Michelle Obama take the role of the nomination," former Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy told Fox News Digital on Saturday.

After the special counsel's report on Biden's alleged mishandling of classified materials was released, Ramaswamy said that the former first lady offers Democrats "a convenient path out of that problem" because she is "an alternative to Biden that they may view as more palatable in a general election."

Texas GOP Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said Friday on X, formerly Twitter: "I’ve said for over a year many times that Joe Biden would not be on the ticket and Michelle Obama would be the likely nominee. It’s clear the Democrat deep state run by Barack Obama knew they had to take him down to give them a chance in November."

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