It’s looking more and more like Joe Biden will be a one-term president.
Increasingly, Democrats are hedging their bets that Biden isn’t going to run again in 2024, and in fact, another leading party member, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), said again in an interview published this weekend that he won’t.
Maloney made her prediction in an interview earlier this month with The New York Times Editorial Board, and it comes as surveys show a majority of Americans, including Democrats, are concerned about Biden’s mental health.
When asked, “Should President Biden run again,” Maloney responded, “Off the record, he’s not running again.”
But the Times board immediately responded, “Not off the record. On the record.”
“On the record?” Maloney asked. “No, he should not run again.”
The Daily Wire reported:
Bloomberg News reported this week that Biden was planning to launch his re-election bid following the upcoming midterm elections even though surveys have found that even an overwhelming majority of Democrats — 75% — do not want him to run again.
When asked last month during an appearance on ABC’s “The View” on whether Biden “intends to run in 2024,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre responded by claiming that Biden is running.
“So let me just say this and the president has been asked this question multiple times. So have I,” she said. “The president intends to run in 2024. That is something that he’s, again, has said multiple times. It is so far away right now. It is a long time away and what we are going to focus on, on how do we continue to deliver for the American public today, and the next day and has we have been doing the past 18 months. I will say this from that same poll that you are reading off of, is that in a head-to-head, the president beats Donald Trump.”
In a primary debate earlier this month with Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Maloney also said she did not think Biden would run again, but then quickly apologized the next day after her prediction went viral.
“Mr. President, I apologize,” Maloney said on CNN. “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.
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
“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,” she added. “Thank you, Mr. President.”
During her debate with Nadler, he was also asked, “Should President Biden run again in 2024?”
“It’s too early to say,” Nadler hedged. “It doesn’t serve the purposes of the Democratic Party to deal with that until after the midterms.”
Maloney is just the latest Democrat to express a belief that Biden’s not going to run for reelection, which would leave the Democratic field wide open.
Even as Biden’s domestic agenda accelerates at surprising speed for an election year — climate, health care and taxes may follow veterans and manufacturing through Congress this summer — within his own party there’s been a slight but unmistakable political drift away from him ahead of the midterms.
As Biden polls poorly in battlegrounds while congressional Democrats see a brightened political outlook for themselves, lawmakers are tying themselves in knots over whether to cheer on a second term for the 79-year-old president. It’s not that they’re abandoning Biden early, just that many see little upside in taking a firm stand either way when that risks alienating either independents or the party base.