Democratic Party leaders have reportedly been struck by anxiety as the 2020 election approaches — and some fear they have no viable candidate to back.
Leaders and activists in the party are wary that all their top contenders have major weaknesses and are urging other possible candidates to get in the race, The Washington Post and The New York Times reported Tuesday.
“You can imagine much stronger candidates,” Democratic National Committee member Elaine Kamarck told The Washington Post.
Kamarck would back Sen. Sherrod Brown or retired Navy Adm. William H. McRaven if either could be convinced to throw their hat in the ring, according to the report.
Both papers reported that party figures worry Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren could be considered too liberal in a general election, while Joe Biden’s fundraising lag may prove to be an Achilles heel for the one-time clear front-runner.
The troubled position of the Dems became apparent for many of the party leaders after last week’s debate.
“Since the last debate, just anecdotally, I’ve had five or six people ask me: ‘Is there anybody else?’ ” Democrat Leah Daughtry told the Times.
“There’s more anxiety than ever,” journalist Connie Schultz, who is married to Sen. Brown, added to the Times.
The missteps and faults of the candidates have lead to speculation about whether Hillary Clinton may consider entering the race and kicking off a potential 2016 rematch between her and President Trump.
A source close to Clinton told The Washington Post it’s unlikely she’ll run — but it’s not completely out of the picture.
“Ultimately, it’s unlikely she would do it,” the source said. “But put it this way: It ain’t zero. And does she think about it all the time? Absolutely.”
Another Clinton insider told the newspaper, “Her view is: I ran against this guy, I know how to do this.”
“She has battle scars to prove it,” the source added.