The list of Democrat officials who can’t bring themselves to voice support for a potential second Biden term has grown again. After Senator Joe Manchin’s recent avoidance of the topic, two powerful House Democrats expressed doubts.
When asked in a televised debate whether Biden should run for a second term, Representatives Jerry Nadler and Carolyn Maloney, two of the party’s establishment liberals who head significant committees and are competing for a House seat in the Manhattan area, backed away from endorsing the president.
Nadler, who chairs the House Judiciary committee, answered: “Too early to say. Doesn’t serve the purpose of the Democratic Party to, to deal with that until after the midterms.”
Maloney, who chairs the Oversight committee, outright admitted, “I don’t believe he’s running for re-election.”
West Virginia moderate Manchin declined to endorse the president’s second term on Sunday, refusing to “get into it”.
New York squad member Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a progressive, repeatedly dodged questioning from CNN’s Dana Bash when asked to commit to backing Biden in 2024.
Last month, Minnesota’s Democratic representatives were more blatant in their preference that Biden step down.
Representative Dean Phillips said during a radio interview that “the country would be well-served by a new generation of compelling, well-prepared, dynamic Democrats who step up.”
His colleague Representative Angie Craig similarly told local reporters that Democrats “need new leaders in Washington up and down the ballot.”