Reflector readers: Time for some new blood

Jan. 28—NORWALK — Is it time for some new blood in the White House?

Yes, according to Norwalk Reflector readers.

According to an unscientific poll of 855 people who responded, 66 percent of those who voted said it's time for President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump to retire.

Trump has already announced he is running again in 2024. Biden has not officially announced.

Here is the entire poll:

Biden vs. Trump in 2024?

Bring it on — 21%

Both need to retire — 66%

Let's see what happens this year — 7%

Who cares? — 5%

No opinion — 1%

This is what Kelly Rissman of Vanity Fair wrote about the situation:

President Joe Biden is expected to announce his plans to run for a second term next month, according to The Hill.

Politico also reported that Biden is expecting to make his 2024 reelection run public in mid-February, around the expected State of the Union address.

The president said in October that it was his "intention" to run again, further explaining: "The reason I'm not making a judgment about formally running or not running, once I make that judgment, a whole series of regulations kick in, and I have to be — I treat myself as a candidate from that moment on. I have not made that formal decision, but it's my intention — my intention to run again. And we have time to make that decision."

One month later, after the Democrats clinched the Senate in the midterm elections, Biden doubled down on his plan: "I think everybody wants me to run, but we're going to have discussions about it." In December, First Lady Jill Biden said she was "all in" on her husband's intentions to run again. Americans have signaled otherwise; last month, a CNBC poll showed that 70% of Americans and 57% of Democrats did not support Biden running for a second term.

But Biden's recent statements sharply contrast indications during his 2020 presidential campaign, when one Biden adviser told Politico about 2024: "If Biden is elected, he's going to be 82 years old in four years and he won't be running for reelection."

Another adviser added, "He's going into this thinking, 'I want to find a running mate I can turn things over to after four years, but if that's not possible or doesn't happen, then I'll run for reelection.' But he's not going to publicly make a one term pledge."

On the opposite end of the spectrum lies Biden's 2020 rival, who has never been equivocal about his intentions to run in 2024: Donald Trump. Despite the recent Mar-a-Lago raid and explosive discoveries that followed, Trump announced in November that he was running in 2024.