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Should Biden run again in 2024? Here’s what Democrats are saying

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 8/5/2022 Cami Mondeaux
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Some Democrats are looking past the 2022 midterm elections to 2024, with many unsure of whether to back President Joe Biden should he choose to seek a second term.

Although he has not announced a reelection bid, Biden plans to run again in 2024 if he remains in good health, according to White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. His ambitions have been met with quiet concerns about whether Democrats will support the 79-year-old president amid concerns about his age and electability in a possible rematch against former President Donald Trump.


Here’s where some of the most high-profile Democrats and other liberals stand on whether they’d back Biden in 2024:

Would support if he ran

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

A one-time challenger to Biden in the 2020 election, Sen. Bernie Sanders indicated he would back the president if he chooses to run again in 2024.

Conceding it’s “a little too early” to make a decision, Sanders told CNN that “Biden will probably run again, and if he runs again, I will support him.”

The Vermont independent, who was the runner-up in both the 2016 and 2020 Democratic primaries, has not ruled out a 2024 bid for himself but said he would only do so if Biden chose not to run.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY)

A key voice in the Democratic Party, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer told the Daily Caller, “Yes,” when asked whether he would back Biden in 2024.

Schumer later expanded on his thoughts, telling reporters he would support Biden if he chose to run again but stopped short of saying whether he thought the president would actually seek another term.

Cristobal Alex, former Biden White House official

Cristobal Alex, a former official in the Biden White House, said the president is the only Democrat who could win a national election while calling on the Democratic Party to promote his policies to polish his reputation before 2024.

“I am worried that leaders in the party aren’t more aggressively touting the success of the administration,” he said. “The narrative needs to shift, and that can only happen with a powerful echo chamber combined with action in Congress on remaining priorities. The American people feel unsettled.”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)

Another challenger for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, Sen. Elizabeth Warren indicated in late July she would throw her support behind Biden in 2024, going so far as to say Biden "should be running."

However, the Massachusetts Democrat noted the party should keep its focus on the midterm elections in November, particularly because Democrats seek to maintain their majorities in Congress.

"We’ve got to stop the catnip about 2024," Warren told MSNBC. "We are 100 days out from the midterm. If we start getting tangled up on 2024 and fail to pay attention to business in 2022, that is not only going to hurt us in 2022; it is going to bite us on the rear end in 2024."

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who was also among the ranks of Democrats competing against Biden for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, has also signaled support for a second term in 2024.

“The president has said he is running for reelection and has Senator Klobuchar’s support,” a spokesman for the senator said in a statement.


Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) made headlines after suggesting she would not back Biden in a reelection bid, but she later walked back on those comments to clarify she only meant she didn't think he would run.

"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," she told CNN.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV)

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) dodged questions on whether he would support Biden for a second term and also refused to say whether he wanted Democrats to remain in control of Congress after the midterm elections.

“You know, I’m not making those choices or decisions on that. I’m going to work with whatever I have,” Manchin said on NBC News. “I think the Democrats have great candidates that are running. They’re good people I’ve worked with. And I have a tremendous amount of respect and friendship with my Republican colleagues. So I can work on either side very easily.”

Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY)

Rep. Jerry Nadler, one of the most powerful Democrats in the House, similarly refused to say directly whether he would back another term for Biden. Instead, the New York Democrat shifted focus to the midterm elections as Democrats seek to hold on to their majority in Congress.

“Too early to say," Nadler said during a candidate debate on Aug. 2. "Doesn’t serve the purpose of the Democratic Party to deal with that until after the midterms.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), a rising star among the left flank of the Democratic Party, has not said whether she would support Biden for a second term.

Declining to endorse the president during an interview with CNN, the New York Democrat said she is focusing on midterm elections in November and maintaining control of Congress.

"I'm focused on winning this majority right now," Ocasio-Cortez said. "I think we should endorse when we get to it. But I believe the president has been doing a good job so far, and, you know, should he run again, we'll take a look at it.”

Ocasio-Cortez was similarly dodgy about supporting Biden in 2020, never offering him an endorsement but also voting for him in his bid against Trump.

David Axelrod, former Obama adviser

Former Obama adviser David Axelrod raised a "major" red flag regarding Biden's plans for reelection in 2024, pointing to his advanced age. Biden is the oldest president ever to hold office and would be 82 if inaugurated to a second term.

“The presidency is a monstrously taxing job, and the stark reality is the president would be closer to 90 than 80 at the end of a second term, and that would be a major issue,” Axelrod said.

Despite offering criticism of Biden's physical energy and mental acuity, Axelrod said the president's frequent gaffes act mostly as distractions from Biden's accomplishments.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD)

The top Democrat in the House, Rep. Steny Hoyer, declined to say whether the president should seek another term in 2024, noting he didn't think answering that question before the midterm elections would be “timely."

“I don’t think it’s timely, and getting into this game ... is not productive," he told reporters in July.

Hoyer later walked back those comments, indicating he would "proudly support him for president in 2024 and look forward to campaigning alongside him."

Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO)

Rep. Cori Bush declined to say whether she would back Biden in a reelection bid, while also noting that he "has the right to run for a second term."

"I don't want to answer that question because we have not — that's not — yeah, I don't want to answer that question," Bush told KSDK News in July.

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH)

Amid polling that shows 3 out of 4 Democrats don't want Biden to run again, Rep. Tim Ryan declined to answer whether he would back the president in a reelection bid.

“I’m working on my own election, and that’s all I’m focused on right now,” Ryan told Fox News in late July. “We’ve got a little under four months here in Ohio, and we’re running a great campaign. We’re up in the polls and working really hard. So, I’m just going to focus on that, and then we can chat about that after I win and get in the United States Senate. I’ll be happy to comment.”

Against a run

Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN)

Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) said he wouldn’t back Biden for a reelection bid in 2024 in a media interview on July 28, making him one of the first sitting Democratic members of Congress to say directly that he wouldn’t back a second term for the president.

“I have respect for Joe Biden. I think he has, despite some mistakes and missteps, despite his age, I think he’s a man of decency, of good principle, of compassion, of empathy, and of strength. But to answer your question directly, which I know is quite rare, no, I don’t," Phillips told WCCO.

Instead, the Minnesota Democrat said the party should look to a “new generation of leadership” and elevate younger candidates to Congress.

Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN)

Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN) echoed sentiments from her counterpart in Minnesota, emphasizing that the Democratic Party must change "up and down the ballot."

"I think Dean Phillips and I are in lockstep and alignment with that, and I'm going to do everything in my power as a member of Congress to make sure that we have a new generation of leadership."

Former Rep. Joe Cunningham, Democratic candidate for governor in South Carolina

Joe Cunningham, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate in South Carolina, called on Biden not to seek a second term, urging him to "step aside and allow for a new generation of leadership."

"You mean to tell me, out of hundreds of thousands of people in our country, that as you look toward 2024, Biden and Trump are the best we have?" he told the Washington Post. "I would love to see a big field, including lots of Democratic governors. Step up and show people what you've done."

Howard Dean, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee and governor of Vermont

Howard Dean, the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, has long called on Democrats in their 30s and 40s to run for president, arguing career politicians like Biden have spent too much time in office without accomplishing campaign promises.

“We need to have specific examples of how we’re dealing with things; it can’t just be pie-in-the-sky and kumbaya,” he told the New York Times.

Steve Simeonidis, member of the Democratic National Committee

Others in the DNC have also suggested Biden should only be a one-term president, noting the party needs to move in a different direction.

“To say our country was on the right track would flagrantly depart from reality,” said Steve Simeonidis, a DNC member from Miami. “[Biden] should announce his intent not to seek reelection in ’24 right after the midterms.”


While most presidents in recent years have earned reelection, Biden's flagging approval numbers and advanced age are seen as liabilities for Democrats in a widely expected uphill battle to maintain control of Congress after the midterm elections.

Though some have expressed concern about how Biden would fare against Trump, who was the first president denied a second term in the 21st century, Biden said he'd welcome the rematch, pledging he'd run in 2024 — "especially" if Trump entered the race.


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