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For Immediate Release – Tuesday, Jan. 10th, 2023

Don’t Run Joe billboard in front of White House and Capitol this week

A large billboard urging President Biden not to run for re-election has begun appearing in front of the White House and the Capitol this week, as the Don’t Run Joe campaign boosts its presence in the nation’s capital.

Following up on a 60-second TV ad that aired on CNN in Washington last week, the Don’t Run Joe campaign is now shuttling the mobile billboard – which reads “Most Democrats Say: Don’t Run Joe” – between 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and Capitol Hill. Photos of the billboard in front of the White House and elsewhere in Washington are posted here.

“We strongly urge President Biden to announce that he won’t seek re-nomination,” said Sam Rosenthal, political director of RootsAction, the progressive group sponsoring Don’t Run Joe. “An open Democratic primary could chart a bolder, more popular future for the party – and 2020 showed that, after a wide-open process, Democrats can unite to defeat the right-wing threat in November 2024.”

Don’t Run Joe television ads have appeared in recent weeks on the statewide ABC affiliate in New Hampshire, and on MSNBC and CNN in Georgia, Michigan and South Carolina – states that are expected to hold early primaries for the Democratic presidential nomination.

The stepped-up advertising comes in the wake of recent polls by CNBC and CNN showing that nearly 60 percent of Democrats nationwide do not want Biden to be the party nominee in 2024.

“Our ideas are way more popular than Joe Biden is,” one voter says in the TV ad, which is introduced as “a message from Democratic voters.” Another speaker declares that “Joe Biden representing the status quo in 2024 simply won't cut it.” A third voter warns in the ad that “we can't afford to risk the White House for a Republican who could defeat status-quo Joe.”

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