Schumer refuses to say whether he’d back Biden in 2024

Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) refused on Thursday to say whether or not he would support the 2024 reelection campaign of President Joe Biden, Breitbart News reports

This comes as a growing number of Democrats, both voters and party insiders, are looking for the Democratic Party to move on from Biden in 2024, citing the president’s poor performance and old age. Biden, nonetheless, insists that he will indeed seek reelection.

“Not focusing”

Schumer on Thursday made an appearance on Joe Madison’s The Black Eagle podcast on SiriusXM.

There, Schumer was asked whether Biden ought to run for the U.S. presidency in 2024. It’s a loaded question for several reasons, including that an affirmative answer would imply Schumer’s support for Biden while a negative answer would imply Schumer’s disapproval of Biden.

Schumer chose a third option.

“I’m not focusing on [whether Biden should or should not run],” Schumer said. “If we get a couple more seats in the Senate — right now, if the election were held today, we would pick up a few seats. We’re doing great.”

Schumer went on to hint at what the Democrats could do, in terms of legislation, if they maintain control of Congress in the midterm elections. And, for this reason, he insisted that the “focus” be on the midterms. “Let’s deal with the presidency after that,” Schumer said.

What’s changed?

It is not the first time that Schumer was asked whether he’d support Biden’s reelection. In fact, Schumer was just asked the question towards the end of last month, and he had a completely different response.

“I have said if he runs, I’ll support him,” Schumer said.

So, the question is what changed in the past few weeks that Schumer went from openly saying that he’d support Biden in 2024 to now refusing to answer that question.

This, of course, is something that only Schumer himself can answer.

From the outside looking in, one can only guess that Schumer has been paying attention to the polls and the statements made by other Democrats in which it is made clear that a sizeable portion of the Democratic Party would like to move on from Biden in 2024.

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