Former first lady Michelle Obama could “parachute” into next year’s Democratic National Convention and be named the party’s presidential nominee instead of Joe Biden, according to Sen. Ted Cruz.
The Texas Republican made this baseless claim on his “Verdict with Ted Cruz” podcast earlier this week, where he discussed multiple ways Democrats concerned about Biden’s mental acuity could try to keep the 80-year-old president off the list. of candidates for 2024.
“So this is the scenario that I think is perhaps the most likely and the most dangerous,” Cruz said. “In August 2024, Democratic kingmakers dump Joe Biden and parachute in Michelle Obama.”
“I see this as a very serious danger,” he added.
The senator noted that the August 2024 Democratic National Committee convention will be held in Chicago, Obama’s hometown, and argued that it is the perfect “opportunity to parachute someone in” to replace Biden.
Former first lady Michelle Obama has repeatedly said she is not interested in running for president.UPI
Cruz was unsure how the party could force the president not to seek re-election, but suggested that superdelegates (unpledged Democratic delegates who are free to support the presidential candidate of their choice) could play a role.
He also explored another scenario that he believes could play out, but is less likely, in which the “powers of the Democratic Party” convince Biden not to run in the next 60 days, opening the door for up to 10 candidates to run. fight for the nomination in the primaries.
“If that happens, I think it will be a pitched battle,” Cruz said, naming Vice President Kamala Harris, California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) as possible candidates. in that scenario.
Senator Ted Cruz does not believe President Biden will be the Democratic Party’s nominee in 2024. Sipa USA
Cruz called Michelle Obama’s 2024 scenario the “most likely,” although she has expressed her desire to stay away from politics.Getty Images
“I think Elizabeth Warren wins that primary,” he said.
Cruz argued, however, that crowning Obama at the convention would avoid infighting within the party and would be the solution that would “unify Democrats.”
“Michelle Obama, because she was first lady, has the ability to parachute in on all four of them and say, ‘Hey, we’re not choosing between any of you.’ You all can fight next time,’” Cruz said. “I think in terms of a solution that unifies Democrats. There is nothing like that”.
“I also think Michelle is not very eager to run for president,” he admitted.
Obama has repeatedly expressed his desire to stay away from politics.