A great many Americans, including some Democrats, have personally concluded that President Joe Biden will not run for a second term in 2024, despite repeated insistence from the White House that Biden fully intends to run for re-election.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) is one of those Democrats who doesn’t think Biden will run for another term, a belief she clearly expressed during a debate on Tuesday, the Conservative Brief reported.
However, likely due to pushback from Biden supporters, if not even the White House itself, the New York congresswoman on Wednesday partially walked back and clarified her statement amid an outpouring of praise for the president that, to some, came across as forced and insincere.
Maloney says she doesn’t believe Biden will seek a second term
The New York Post reported that Rep. Maloney stated her belief about President Biden not running in 2024 during a debate Tuesday against the two other candidates vying to represent the redrawn 12th Congressional District in New York City — incumbent Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and attorney Suraj Patel.
Asked about if Biden should run again in 2024, Maloney replied, “I don’t believe he’s running for re-election.”
For what it is worth, Nadler dodged the same question by suggesting that it wasn’t something to be dealt with until after the midterm elections in November while Patel simply said “Yes” when asked if Biden should seek a second term.
“I want you to run,” even though I think you won’t, Maloney says
Fast-forward one day and Rep. Maloney appeared on CNN amid sharp blowback to her response during the debate and offered up an apology to the president and signaled her support for him even as she reiterated that, at least in her personal view, she still didn’t think that Biden would run for another term in the next cycle.
“Mr. President, I apologize,” the congresswoman said. “I want you to run. I happen to think you won’t be running, but when you run or if you run, I will be there 100 percent. You have deserved it. You are a great president, and thank you for everything you’ve done for my state and all the states and all the cities in America.”
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) walks back: “Mr. President, I apologize. I want you to run. I happen to think you won’t be running, but when you run or if you run, I will be there 100%. You have deserved it. You are a great president and thank you for everything you’ve done …” pic.twitter.com/w8gUATVkf9
— The Recount (@therecount) August 4, 2022
Lots of Democrats carefully toeing the line on potential Biden 2024 run
Politico reported Thursday that Rep. Maloney is not alone among elected Democrats who have either openly stated that President Biden shouldn’t or won’t seek another term or who have carefully danced around the question of Biden’s political future to avoid providing a direct answer that could potentially be used against them at a later date.
Indeed, the outlet noted that many Democrats have added the clear caveat of “if he runs” to any response signaling support for Biden in 2024, though there are some who feel no need to add such qualifiers to statements of support and others who simply dodge the question altogether.
What few will publicly admit, however, is that Biden is very clearly a drag on the Democratic Party right now with his dismal approval numbers and a slew of negative economic issues against him, so much so that vulnerable incumbents facing tough re-election battles — such as Maloney — are trying to distance themselves from the unpopular president in hopes that they won’t be held accountable by voters for his poor performance in office thus far.