The scrutiny directed at President Biden following the damaging report released last week by special counsel Robert Hur has given new life to the belief that Democrats will finally replace him as the party’s nominee before the 2024 general election.

In developing his argument for why charges were not recommended following an investigation into Biden’s mishandling of classified documents, Hur detailed in part that Biden’s defense of any potential charges could be that “Mr. Biden is likely would present before a jury, as he did. “During our interview, we saw him as a sympathetic, well-intentioned old man with a bad memory.”

The report cited examples where researchers said the president’s memory failedeven as his eldest son, Beau, died and caused further concern among Democrats who previously backed the president despite Republican attacks on his ability to serve.

Below are five of the top names being mentioned as possible replacements for Biden should he decide, or be pressured, not to run for a second term:

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From left to right: California Governor Gavin Newsom, former First Lady Michelle Obama, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear and Vice President Harris.

Newsom has been perhaps the most mentioned name as a possible presidential candidate, given his outspoken criticism of national Republican figures, as well as his high-profile clash with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in a debate hosted by Fox News last year.

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Democratic strategists and members of the media continually mention him as a future presidential candidate, but that future could come sooner rather than later if Biden’s plans change.

Douglas Schoen, a former adviser to President Clinton, wrote in an op-ed last summer that Newsom “wants to run for president in 2024” but was backing Biden for re-election to drum up support for himself.

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“Gavin Newsom wants to run for president in 2024, that’s clear. The California governor wouldn’t be campaigning for President Joe Biden in red states 16 months before the presidential election if he weren’t trying to demonstrate his own political bona fides. and build a future base of national support for himself,” he wrote.

A Washington Post columnist praised Newsom last year for running a “shadow campaign” for president, calling it a “patriotic” move, although Newsom has denied such an effort. However, he has made multiple international trips and engaged with foreign leaders.

California Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom

California Governor Gavin Newsom

Harris’ presidential ambitions have been known since her first unsuccessful run for the White House in 2020, when she failed to gain the support of her Democratic primary opponents, including Biden.

Despite her low approval rating and frequent gaffes as vice president, she continues to insist that she is “ready to serve” as commander in chief if necessary.

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Media figures have also mentioned her as a possible replacement for Biden, including the hosts of ABC’s daytime talk show, “The View,” who suggested she might be a better nominee than Biden in the wake of the Hur report.

“Why not the vice president? Why wouldn’t Democrats name the vice president?” said a host.

Vice President Kamala Harris and President Joe Biden

President Biden signs an executive order with Vice President Harris at the White House on October 30, 2023.

Obama has been one of the most surprising names floated as a possible replacement for Biden, considering his lack of political experience, although the same could have been said of former President Trump during his first run for the White House.

Former Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy, one of the first to put forward the theory that Obama would replace Biden, doubled down after the publication of the Hur report. Other media figures and former officials have joined him.

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“The main obstacle holding back the Democratic Party is that it has a problem with Kamala Harris, that is, if they leave out Biden, the natural person who would normally be the nominee could be the vice president of that same sitting president. But that vice president I think the president cannot carry out that job effectively,” Ramaswamy told Fox News Digital.

“If race and gender are your basis for selecting someone for a job, and your party’s identity is tied to that temple of identity politics, then you will risk looking hypocritical if you leave it aside after leaving side to Biden. And I think that Michelle Obama offers them a convenient way out of that problem,” he added.

One media host noted over the weekend that Las Vegas oddsmakers give Obama a better chance of becoming president than Newsom, Harris, former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley and independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Michelle Obama

Former first lady Michelle Obama

Despite turning down a White House bid this year, Whitmer appeared to leave the door open for a future presidential bid after her convincing re-election victory during the 2022 midterm elections, a year that was expected to be difficult. for the Democrats.

Whitmer first gained popularity during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, which later became starkly divided over how she handled lockdowns in her state. Nevertheless, he placed her on the lists as a national player in Democratic politics.

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In November, “Real Time” host Bill Maher attacked Whitmer, accusing her of running a “shadow campaign” for the presidency during an interview with Biden’s primary challenger Dean Phillips, but Maher did not say what he said. made me believe that.

Phillips told Maher that before he decided to run for president against Biden, he tried unsuccessfully to recruit Whitmer, saying she would make an “exceptional president.”

Beshear has been seen as a rising star within the party given his status as one of the most popular governors in the country, despite being a Democrat leading a red state. That status grew after a big re-election victory last year over then-Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who was considered a rising Republican star.

Several former officials and people familiar with Beshear’s rise told Fox News Digital after his election victory last year that he would be someone to watch as a national political player for Democrats, and he did not rule out any future aspirations.

Those sources cited Beshear’s ability to connect across parties and draw Republicans and Democrats into his political fold as something the nation was looking for amid a bitter political divide.

Media outlets across the country also praised Beshear after his victory, suggesting his future was bright.

Fox News’ Danielle Wallace contributed to this report.

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