Written by Ashton Snyder on
 July 10, 2024

Biden Could Exit Race, Carville Advocates For 'Mini-Primary'

Clinton strategist James Carville has suggested that Biden should step down from the 2024 presidential race.

According to Daily Mail, Carville proposes a 'mini-primary' process to select a Democratic nominee, bypassing Kamala Harris for an open selection.

James Carville, Bill Clinton's campaign strategist during his successful 1992 presidential run, recently proposed an unconventional method to determine the Democratic nominee for the 2024 presidential election. This method termed a 'mini-primary,' aims to ensure an open and transparent selection process should President Biden decide to exit the race.

Carville's Bold Suggestion

Carville's strategy is motivated by widespread concerns over Biden's age and recent public performance. A particularly troubling debate performance has amplified these concerns within the Democratic Party. Despite Biden's assertion in a Monday letter that he has already secured the nomination with millions of primary votes, Carville remains convinced that the president will eventually bow out of the race.

"Mark my words: Joe Biden is going to be out of the 2024 presidential race. Whether he is ready to admit it or not," Carville declared emphatically. He stressed the necessity of an open process to counteract what he sees as unethical tactics used by former President Donald Trump.

Carville's proposal seeks to prevent any automatic nomination, specifically mentioning Vice President Kamala Harris. He believes that "nomination should be determined in a fair, open process" and not through an anointment.

Reactions Within The Democratic Party

While Biden calls for solidifying support among lawmakers, with a notable outreach to the Congressional Black Caucus on Monday night, reactions within the Democratic Party have been mixed. Progressive Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has voiced her position, considering the matter of nomination closed.

Conversely, Senate Democrats have issued vague statements about Biden doing what is best for the country, further fueling speculation about his potential withdrawal. This uncertainty comes amid Carville's emphasis on the need for transparency in the nomination process.

Echoing Carville's sentiments, columnist Ezra Klein wrote about the necessity of choosing between a "coronation or a contest," a thought that has now gained traction within the party. House Majority Whip James Clyburn has also offered support for the 'mini-primary' idea, stressing the importance of fairness and openness.

'Mini-Primary' Process Gains Support

James Clyburn discussed the potential new process on CNN, mentioning that "you can actually fashion the process that’s already in place to make it a mini-primary, and I would support that absolutely." He emphasized that this method would offer a fair opportunity for all potential candidates, including Harris.

Further advocating for the fairness of this method, Clyburn remarked, "We can’t close that down, and we should open up everything for the general election. I think that Kamala Harris would acquit herself very well in that kind of a process, but then it would be fair to everybody."

To ensure the integrity of the 'mini-primary' process, Carville suggested former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama oversee the proceedings. However, he candidly admitted that he had not discussed this idea with them before making the suggestion, humorously adding, "Better to ask forgiveness than permission. I just throw an idea out there."


Democratic strategist James Carville has proposed that President Joe Biden may consider stepping down, suggesting a 'mini-primary' to select his successor instead of directly passing the torch to Vice President Kamala Harris. This idea has stirred mixed feelings within the Democratic Party, with some members like Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez viewing the nomination as already decided, while others call for a transparent vetting process.

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