A top Democrat in the House of Representatives has backed down on her claim that Biden will not participate in 2024.
Representative Carolyn B. Maloney said she would “absolutely support” Biden if he ran for re-election.
Maloney is engaged in a tight primary battle with a fellow veteran Democratic legislator.
Representative Carolyn B. Maloney backed out on Wednesday on her claim that President Joe Biden would not be re-elected in 2024, a move less than a day after the New York legislature expressed concerns about Biden’s political future.
“I will absolutely support President Biden if he decides to run for re-election,” Maloney wrote on Twitter. Biden’s leadership that has secured historic investment in healthcare, climate and economic justice proves once again why he is the strong and effective leader we need now.
Maloney, a former lawmaker who served in Congress for nearly 30 years, raised eyebrows when she said during a debate Tuesday night that Biden would not stand for re-election. Biden has repeatedly said his intention is to run for president, but unlike former President Donald Trump, he is for now returning to the tradition of presidents not formally announcing their run until after the midterm elections.
‘I don’t believe he is running for re-election’ Maloney said during a primary debate.
Maloney, the chairman of the powerful House Oversight committee, is engaged in a tough primary battle against fellow New York Democrat Jerry Nadler after New York’s counties were redrawn following the 2020 census. Like Maloney, Nadler is also the chairman of a powerful House committee, the House Judiciary Committee. The pair are up against two other hopeful candidates, including Suraj Patel, a 38-year-old lawyer who narrowly lost to Maloney in the 2020 Democratic primary.
Nadler was hesitant when asked about Biden’s future. According to CNN, Nadler said it was “too early to say” what Biden will do and said it would not benefit Democrats to be distracted by 2024 questions ahead of November’s midterm elections.
Biden’s political status is the subject of intense speculation in Washington. The White House has reiterated its desire to run for president, but the president’s age and low approval rating have raised the possibility that the party might look elsewhere. Rep. Dean Phillips, a House Democrat who represents a much more competitive seat in Minnesota, recently expressed hope that Biden would stop running.
New Yorkers will decide Maloney’s future later this month.
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