The Unlikely Alliance That Could Spell Trouble for Biden

In an unexpected turn of events, a prominent former Democratic leader has taken center stage in the fight against a potential third-party run that could have serious implications for President Biden’s reelection prospects. Dick Gephardt, a highly respected figure within Democratic circles, is leading a bipartisan group aimed at countering the efforts of No Labels, a centrist organization advocating for a “unity” presidential candidate with substantial financial backing.

The group, spearheaded by Gephardt, has obtained private polling data that should cause alarm for Biden’s supporters. The findings suggest that a moderate third-party candidate would pose a greater threat to Biden’s reelection than former President Trump in a hypothetical three-way race. These findings have sent shockwaves through the political landscape, raising concerns about the potential consequences of such a scenario.

Greg Schneiders, a key figure involved in conducting the polling, minced no words when he drew a direct connection between No Labels and Trump. He warned that the organization’s agenda could have a detrimental impact on Biden’s campaign and could even pave the way for the reemergence of Donald Trump as president.

Joining Gephardt in this bipartisan endeavor are other notable figures, including former Senator Doug Jones and Stuart Stevens, who brings extensive campaign experience from his involvement with prominent Republicans such as Bob Dole, George W. Bush, and Mitt Romney. This formidable team, with its diverse expertise and shared commitment to the cause, is poised to make a significant impact in countering the potential risks posed by a third-party candidate.

As Gephardt’s group mobilizes to address this critical issue, No Labels continues to push for a moderate, third-party candidate. Speculation is rife regarding potential candidates, with Senator Joe Manchin and former Republican Maryland Governor Larry Hogan among those being considered. No Labels maintains that it will not directly fund the candidate but has been actively raising outside funds to bolster support and facilitate the third-party candidate’s access to state ballots.

It is worth noting that No Labels was established by the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus in Congress, with former Senator Joseph Lieberman, known for his dual affiliations as a Democrat and Independent, serving as a founding chairman. However, this pursuit of a third-party candidate has faced criticism from within its own ranks, with some Democratic caucus members expressing opposition to the organization’s actions.

Representative Abigail Spanberger, a Democrat from Virginia, has been particularly vocal in her disapproval of No Labels. She argues that their efforts are a misguided endeavor that only serves to confuse and divide voters. She firmly believes that the ultimate outcome of their actions would be the reemergence of Donald Trump as president.

As the debate surrounding the potential harms of a well-funded third-party presidential run intensifies, the Center-left advocacy group Third Way and the liberal group MoveOn have announced plans to meet with Democratic senators’ chiefs of staff on July 27. The focus of these discussions will be the implications and consequences of a third-party candidate on the upcoming election.

The political landscape is heating up as battle lines are drawn. Will Gephardt’s bipartisan group succeed in thwarting a third-party run that could jeopardize President Biden’s chances of re-election? Only time will tell, but one thing is certain: the upcoming election promises to be a decisive and pivotal moment in shaping the future of our nation. Stay tuned for further updates as this story continues to unfold.

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