Democrats have better options. Let’s talk about why this petition matters…

WASHINGTON, January 20, 2024/ Petition to President of the United States Joseph R. Biden and 4 others

Our Two Demands

  1. Joe Biden: retire gracefully and endorse an open Democratic Convention that includes top Democrats as well as 3rd party contenders
  2. Independent “Non-Trump” Candidates: drop out; negotiate unity platform, ticket, and sustained influence in the next presidency

To beat Trump, we must face two facts the Democratic Party won’t

  • the Biden/Trump math is bad (Trump +6)
  • the Biden/RFK/Stein/West/Trump math is worse (Trump +11)

Several candidates are splitting the anti-Trump vote. Not one of them is strong enough to win in such a scenario. Instead of plowing ahead and pretending there’s currently a clear path to beating Trump, we must unify behind a ticket and a platform that energizes the entire anti-Trump world.

Below, we lay out a people-driven plan to change the current trajectory dramatically. 

Biden is a weak candidate

Whatever you may feel about his presidency, the Joe Biden of 2024 is a weak candidate. Even his supporters aren’t excited about him, and he’s much less popular now than when he barely beat Trump in 2020. And, fair or unfair, eighty-six percent of Americans think Biden is too old to serve another term. 

The February special report from the Justice Department called him a “well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory.” Its aftermath was even worse. Ezra Klein of the NY Times says it best: the purpose of the press conference in response “was to reassure voters of Biden’s cognitive fitness, particularly his memory. And Biden couldn’t do that, not for one night, not for fewer than 15 minutes.”

To beat Trump this year, we need a stronger candidate. Seventy-three percent of Democrats want another choice. 

Let’s choose a Trump-trouncing candidate at an open Democratic National Convention

For most Americans, the idea of holding a national convention that is more than a formality is unfamiliar, possibly even unthinkable. But that has not always been the case. In one of the most pivotal moments in American history, an open convention nominated Abraham Lincoln over William Seward. Similarly, in 1932, in the midst of the Great Depression, the Democratic National Convention—also an open convention with no clear favorite when the opening gavel was struck—ended with the nomination of the relatively unknown governor of New York, Franklin D. Roosevelt, who went on to win a landslide victory in November.

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