U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, a prominent Democrat from New York, earlier had to apologize publicly because she had let slip a statement that Joe Biden is now out of it, not running for president again in 2024.
That’s even though he’s said he plans to, when he would be well into his 80s.
Now Fox News says Maloney made the statement a second time.
It happened when she was being interviewed by the New York Times and was asked about Biden’s next bid for the White House.
He failed at two earlier attempts, before his campaign in 2020.
The report explained Maloney “has made headlines with her wavering remarks about whether Biden is seeking re-election.”
“Off the record, he’s not running again,” Maloney responded to the Times’ question.
But the newspaper pointed out the interview was on the record.
“On the record? No, he should not run again,” Maloney said.
Fox reported on the nuances of the responses: “In reporting, interview subjects can request to go off the record, meaning what they say won’t be publicly reported, but reporters generally need to agree to those terms beforehand if the subject wants to have those wishes honored. Reporters honor ‘off the record’ requests by interview subjects in order to build trust with sources and learn valuable information they can verify elsewhere. It’s generally established both parties must be clear about what’s off the record, however, or what the interview subject has to say may be fair game for reporting. ”
The Fox report said the interview with Maloney was on Aug. 1, but the Times interview was published over the weekend.
Maloney had what was described as “an awkward moment on CNN” earlier when she apologized directly to the camera on “New Day” for thinking Biden wouldn’t run again.
“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 for my state and all the states and all the cities in America. Thank you, Mr. President,” she said.
Polls show members of the Democrat Party by overwhelming margins don’t want Biden back on their ticket in 2024. His approval rating has been among the lowest ever reported for a sitting president, and he’s created crises on the southern border, with massive inflation, surging interest rates, massive spending, new taxes and more.
WND previously reported Democrats’ defense of the gaffe prone, and often befuddled, Biden is falling by the wayside.
It was Byron York, the chief political correspondent for the Washington Examiner, who revealed that the dam has broken, and key Democrats are running away from a Biden candidacy in 2024.
“You’ve seen the polls showing that large majorities of Democratic voters want the party to pick a new nominee for president in 2024, bypassing incumbent President Joe Biden. Now we’re seeing the living embodiment of those polls as some important Democratic lawmakers distance themselves from, or outright oppose, a reelection run by the nearly 80-year-old president,” he wrote.
He explained, “It’s not that senior Democrats are eager to disparage a president of their own party. They’re not. Instead, they’re being forced into it by the process of the 2022 campaign, in which they are trying to assure their own reelections. They’re campaigning, doing interviews, and taking part in debates, and the question comes up.”
He cited criticisms from Reps. Dean Phillips and Angie Craig of Minnesota.
York explained, “Look at the polls. Last month, a New York Times/Siena College survey found that 64% of Democratic voters want a different nominee, while just 26% want the party to renominate Biden. And then a CNN poll showed that 75% — 75%! — of Democrats want a different nominee. Those are very big numbers,” he said.