clearn.png
Monday August 8th, 2022 9:17PM

One thing voters agree on: Fresh voices needed in politics

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

NEW YORK (AP) — As he campaigns for a Manhattan congressional seat against fellow Democrats twice his age, 38-year-old Suraj Patel harnesses the frustration of his generation toward those who have held office for decades.

In his telling, Reps. Jerry Nadler, 75, and Carolyn Maloney, 76, are part of a crop of Democrats who rose to power in the 1990s only to fail on issues ranging from guns to climate change and abortion. The redistricting process that merged their congressional districts offers a chance for new leadership, Patel says.

“If we keep doing the same thing over and over and expecting different result: That’s not just the definition of insanity," he said. "That’s also the definition of incumbency.”

More than 1,100 miles to the west in the presidential testing ground of Iowa, Republican Jeremiah Bronson was also considering whether someone other than 76-year-old Donald Trump might carry his party into the future. Bronson expressed growing interest in 55-year-old Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin.

“He seems to be on the same page with conservatives around the country,” Bronson, 39, said as he dined on barbecued pork sandwiches with a half-dozen other Story County Republicans.

In a nation faltering along seemingly every conceivable divide, there's a shared desire among Democrats and Republicans for a new generation of political leadership. The conversation is most pronounced when it comes to the White House as Trump considers another campaign and President Joe Biden confronts skepticism about his ability to mount a reelection bid in 2024 when he is 82.

"There’s just a sense of like, that rematch between these two old guys seems ridiculous to people,” said Sarah Longwell, a Republican strategist who conducts almost weekly focus groups with voters across the country and political spectrum.

There are recurring calls for youth and change in U.S. politics.

Bill Clinton's appeal for a new generation of leadership helped him rise from governor of Arkansas to the first baby boomer president in 1992. In 2008, Barack Obama's relative youth was an asset in his primary campaign against Hillary Clinton and during the general election against Arizona Sen. John McCain.

More recently, Pete Buttigieg's 2020 presidential bid gained traction with its focus on fresh leadership before being overtaken by Biden, viewed by many Democrats as the safer choice against Trump.

The dynamics have shifted since then, with some Democratic voters furious that Biden and leaders in Congress haven't done more to protect abortion rights, respond more aggressively to a wave of mass shootings and address climate change.

A new Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll shows 83% of U.S. adults say the country is on the wrong track. Only 36% approve of Biden’s leadership overall, while 62% disapprove. Polling from AP-NORC in recent months captured deepening pessimism among members of his own Democratic Party about Biden, the direction of the country and t he state of the economy. A January AP-NORC poll found just 28% of those surveyed and 48% of Democrats said they want Biden to run for reelection in 2024.

Julián Castro, a former Obama housing secretary and onetime presidential candidate, said there’s “no doubt” that members of his party are frustrated and that Democrats in Washington need to show a sense of urgency and produce results. In a telephone interview from the Texas Democratic Convention in Dallas, he said Democrats seemed energized.

“My immediate hope is that that angst and frustration is going to be channeled positively to turnout in November," he said, referring to the midterm elections. "And then we’ll reckon with what’s beyond that when November happens.”

Biden has repeatedly insisted he will run for reelection. But should he decide to step aside, a host of younger Democrats could be in contention. They include Vice President Kamala Harris, who is 57. California Gov. Gavin Newsom, 54, and Illinois Gov. J.B Pritzker, 57, have garnered attention for their responses to the Supreme Court's abortion ruling and mass shootings.

Some Democrats seeking office this year have been clear about their desires that a new generation take its place in politics.

Last month, the Democratic candidate for governor in South Carolina, Joe Cunningham, proposed not only term limits but also age limits for officeholders, saying it was time to end America’s “geriatric oligarchy” of politicians who are staying “in office way past their prime.” To Cunningham, who recently turned 40, that includes the incumbent he hopes to oust in November, 75-year-old Republican Henry McMaster, who is the state’s oldest sitting governor.

But Cunningham also said the proposal was intended to apply to Biden.

For Republicans, the most pressing debate often seems to focus less explicitly on age and more on whether the party should move on from Trump. That's particularly true in the wake of hearings by the House Jan. 6 committee that have drawn new attention to his desperate efforts to stay in office after losing the 2020 election.

The Jan. 6 hearings may be sending voters looking elsewhere.

An AP-NORC in June found that 48% of U.S. adults say Trump should be charged with a crime for his role in the siege of the U.S. Capitol. January’s AP-NORC poll showed that people were just as down on Trump running again in 2024 as they were Biden: Just 27% of U.S. adults wanted Trump to run again, including a slim majority – 56% -- of Republicans. That poll also showed the former president’s popularity with the GOP dropped somewhat, with 71% of Republicans saying they had a favorable opinion of Trump compared with 78% in a September 2020 AP-NORC/USAFacts poll.

Longwell, the Republican strategist, said the hearings seem to be having an impact even among Republican voters who are not watching the sessions or persuaded by them because they are a reminder of the tumult that has surrounded Trump.

“One of the things I hear coming up over and over again in the groups is that Trump has a lot of baggage and that there’s all these other stars, Republican stars, and maybe it’s time Trump should be like an elder statesman,” she said.

A number of figures from Trump’s world and outside it are seen as potential challengers in 2024. Trump and his associates are especially focused on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who, at 43, is increasingly viewed as a younger heir to the former president's brand of politics.

Other Republicans making increasingly overt moves toward a presidential run include Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, 45; former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, 50; Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, 51; former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, 58; and former Vice President Mike Pence, 63.

Pat Brady, the former chair of the Illinois Republican Party who is not a Trump supporter, said he thinks the “fever has broken” when it comes to Trump’s standing with the GOP.

“I think the combination of him just spending all his time, every speech, relitigating 2020. Voters typically look forward. They don’t look backward,” he said.

Brady said part of the frustrations voters have with their political leaders is the age-related.

“When you look at the leadership, I’m old and those guys make me look young,” said 61-year-old Brady. “This is a vibrant youthful country, fundamentally, and we’ve got a bunch of old people running it.”

___

Associated Press writers Thomas Beaumont in Cambridge, Iowa, Hannah Fingerhut in Washington and Meg Kinnard in Columbia, South Carolina, contributed to this report.

___

Follow AP for full coverage of the midterms at https://apnews.com/hub/2022-midterm-elections

and on Twitter, https://twitter.com/ap_politics

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP National News, AP Online National News, Top General short headlines, AP Online Headlines - Washington, AP Online Congress News, AP Elections, General Election News, General Presidential Election News, AP Elections - Campaigns
© Copyright 2022 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Semiconductor bill unites Sanders, the right — in opposition
A bill to boost semiconductor production in the United States has managed to do nearly the unthinkable — unite Sen. Bernie Sanders and the tea party
8:38AM ( 11 minutes ago )
One thing voters agree on: Fresh voices needed in politics
Political divides in the U.S. seem deeper than ever, but one of the few shared sentiments right now from voters of all stripes is the desire for something different
8:36AM ( 14 minutes ago )
Russia FM visits Egypt, part of Africa trip amid Ukraine war
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is in Cairo for talks with Egyptian officials as his country seeks to break diplomatic isolation and sanctions by the West over its invasion of Ukraine
7:48AM ( 1 hour ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Investigators: Attacker 'did not know who' Zeldin was
A man accused of attacking New York GOP gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin during a recent campaign rally told investigators he’d been drinking that day and didn’t know who the congressman was
7:37PM ( 13 hours ago )
Russia hits Ukraine's Black Sea port despite grain deal
Russian missiles have struck Ukraine’s Black Sea port of Odesa just hours after Moscow and Kyiv signed deals to allow grain exports to resume from there
5:11PM ( 15 hours ago )
Walker aims to pivot focus back to Dems in tight Ga. race
After a bruising opening to his general election campaign for the U.S. Senate, Georgia Republican Herschel Walker is trying to deflect attention back onto Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock
4:48PM ( 16 hours ago )
AP Online Headlines - Washington
Sri Lanka president gets long-sought win, faces challenges
Sri Lanka's new president has always aspired to the pinnacle of power, enduring setback after setback but managing to recover from seemingly impossible defeats
4:24AM ( 1 day ago )
Trump, Pence campaign for rivals in Ariz. governor's race
Former President Donald Trump and his estranged vice president, Mike Pence, are campaigning Friday in Arizona for rival candidates for governor
1:20AM ( 1 day ago )
Author Wes Moore wins Democratic race for Maryland governor
Bestselling author Wes Moore has won the Democratic primary for Maryland governor
11:13PM ( 1 day ago )
AP Online Congress News
Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby defeated in primary
Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby has lost a Democratic primary to defense attorney Ivan Bates
9:24PM ( 1 day ago )
Colorado man pleads guilty to casting missing wife's ballot
A Colorado man who had been charged in the presumed death of his missing wife has pleaded guilty to forgery for casting her 2020 election ballot for then-President Donald Trump
7:23PM ( 1 day ago )
Election-denying Colorado clerk surrenders to authorities
A rural Colorado official known as the state’s most prominent election denier has surrendered to authorities amid allegations she violated terms of release as she waits for her trial on accusations of breaking into her county’s election system
4:44PM ( 1 day ago )
AP Elections
Live updates | Lawmakers hold Trump 'responsible' for Jan. 6
Members of the House committee investigating the Capitol riot are saying unequivocally that Donald Trump is to blame for the violence and they’re saying lawmakers will recommend ways to prevent another Jan. 6
10:53PM ( 2 days ago )
Live updates | Chaos at Trump White House described by panel
The Jan. 6 committee has depicted a chaotic Trump White House in the hours and days after the Capitol riot
10:27PM ( 2 days ago )
Jan. 6 probe: Trump didn't want to say 'election is over'
The House Jan. 6 committee has aired a previously unseen video outtake of President Donald Trump saying, “I don’t want to say the election is over” the day after the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol
10:26PM ( 2 days ago )
General Election News
Jan. 6 probe: Trump did 'everything' to overturn election
Chairman Bennie Thompson opened Thursday’s prime-time hearing of the Jan_ 6 committee saying Donald Trump as president did everything “everything in his power to overturn the election.”
8:31PM ( 2 days ago )
Live updates | Rep. Cheney says 'dam has begun to break'
The vice chair of the Jan. 6 committee says “doors have opened, new subpoenas have been issued and the dam has begun to break″ due to the panel’s continuing investigation and its successful effort to overcome reluctance from witnesses
8:27PM ( 2 days ago )
Jan. 6 hearing probes Trump actions as Capitol was attacked
The House Jan. 6 committee aims to show in Thursday's prime time hearing a “minute by minute” accounting of Donald Trump’s actions during the grisly Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol
7:54PM ( 2 days ago )
General Presidential Election News
GOP candidate for NY governor Lee Zeldin attacked, uninjured
U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin, the Republican candidate for New York governor, was attacked by a man who apparently tried to stab him at an upstate event
10:45PM ( 2 days ago )
GOP candidate for NY governor Zeldin attacked, avoids injury
U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin, the Republican candidate for New York governor, was attacked by a man who tried to stab him at an upstate event
10:29PM ( 2 days ago )
Sen. Murray seeks 6th term at new inflection point for women
Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington state is seeking her sixth term at a new inflection point for women
11:13AM ( 2 days ago )
AP Elections - Campaigns
Semiconductor bill unites Sanders, the right — in opposition
A bill to boost semiconductor production in the United States has managed to do nearly the unthinkable — unite Sen. Bernie Sanders and the tea party
8:38AM ( 11 minutes ago )
Russia FM visits Egypt, part of Africa trip amid Ukraine war
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is in Cairo for talks with Egyptian officials as his country seeks to break diplomatic isolation and sanctions by the West over its invasion of Ukraine
7:48AM ( 1 hour ago )
Man opens fire on Philippine campus, killing 3 people
Philippine police say a gunman opened fire on university campus in the Philippine capital region, killing a former town mayor and two others in a brazen attack ahead of a graduation ceremony
7:24AM ( 1 hour ago )
Pope heads to Canada as Indigenous groups seek full apology
Pope Francis has begun a fraught visit to Canada to apologize to Indigenous peoples for abuses by missionaries at residential schools
7:12AM ( 1 hour ago )
2 apparent homophobic attacks reported after Berlin Pride
Police say two apparent homophobic attacks have been reported following Berlin’s annual pro-LGBTQ Christopher Street Day celebration
7:10AM ( 1 hour ago )