Jim Messina, the strategist behind President Barack Obama’s successful 2012 re-election campaign, issued a stark warning to Democrats regarding the upcoming 2024 election.
Messina’s concerns, as detailed in a confidential memo obtained by RadarOnline.com, revolve around the potential threat posed by third-party candidates and their potential to swing the White House back into the hands of former President Donald Trump, who consistently leads his GOP competitors in recent polls.
As reported by Conservative Brief News on Wednesday, October 4, Messina expressed his belief that the 2024 presidential race would ultimately boil down to a rematch between President Joe Biden and Donald Trump.
However, he emphasized that third-party contenders would likely siphon votes away from Biden, potentially aiding Trump’s chances of victory.
In the secret memo sent to Politico, Messina stated, “I don’t care what they do. I don’t care how much money they spend.
I don’t care who their nominee is. They’re going to get zero electoral votes. The question is who do they take the votes from?”
He cautioned against dividing votes, highlighting the urgency of preventing the creation of a platform that might divert enough votes to ensure Trump’s electoral success.
Despite rising concerns about Biden’s age, health, and mental status, Messina urged Democrats to remain calm, asserting that the current president holds a favorable position in the contest.
He explained, “I thought it was important to say to my friends and clients and other people, let’s just take a step back and try to be really number-specific and really sort of who has what cards in their poker hand. And you would just rather be Joe Biden than Donald Trump.”
Addressing the Democratic party’s historical anxiety about elections, Messina added, “Historically, we’re bedwetters. We grew up in the ’80s and ’90s when Republicans won elections all the time.
Democrats had their hearts deeply broken when Hillary lost, and people didn’t see that coming. And so, you know, we continually believe every bad thing people say.”
Furthermore, Messina advised Democrats and Biden to focus their campaign on three key issues: the economy, abortion, and the notion that “the election is a choice, not a wish.”
He cited Obama’s successful emphasis on economic messaging in the lead-up to the 2012 presidential election.
Messina also noted that the possibility of a nationwide abortion ban, should Republicans achieve significant victories in the next year, could motivate Americans to vote in favor of Democrats.
Regarding concerns about Biden’s electability, Messina predicted that these concerns would diminish as the election approached, emphasizing the importance of the choice between two parties and two ideologies.
While RadarOnline.com reported that Biden and Trump were tied at around 46 percent in national polls, Trump seized the opportunity to release a video on his Truth Social platform.
In the video, Trump directly criticized President Biden for perceived policy failures, asserting that America had lost its standing on the global stage.
The video’s release coincided with Trump’s appearance in a Manhattan court to face fraud charges, initiated by New York Attorney General Letitia James, who accused Trump of overvaluing his assets.
During a break in proceedings, Trump lashed out at Judge Arthur Engoron, accusing him of bias and calling for his disbarment. Trump alleged that the judge’s actions amounted to interference in an election, branding it a disgrace.