- A top House Democrat has walked back his claim that Biden won’t run in 2024.
- Republican Carolyn B. Maloney said she would “absolutely” support Biden if he runs for re-election.
- Maloney is locked in a tight primary battle with a fellow veteran Democratic lawmaker.
Rep. Caroline B. Maloney on Wednesday walked back his claim that President Joe Biden would not seek re-election in 2024, a move that came less than a day after a New York lawmaker expressed concern about Biden’s political future.
“If President Biden decides to run for re-election, I will fully support him,” Maloney wrote on Twitter. “Biden’s leadership by securing historic investments in health care, climate and economic justice demonstrates once again why he is the strong and effective leader we need right now.”
Maloney, a longtime lawmaker who has served in Congress for nearly 30 years, raised eyebrows when he said during a debate Tuesday night that Biden would not seek re-election. Biden has repeatedly said it is his intention to run, but unlike former President Donald Trump, he has now returned to the tradition of presidents not formally announcing their runs until after the midterm elections.
“I don’t believe he’s running for re-election,” Maloney said during a primary debate.
Maloney, chairwoman of the powerful House Oversight Committee, is locked in a tough primary battle against fellow New York Democrat Rep. Jerry Nadler after New York’s districts are redrawn following the 2020 census. Like Maloney, Nadler is chairman of a powerful House committee, the House Judiciary Committee. The pair are facing off against two other hopefuls, including Suraj Patel, a 38-year-old attorney who narrowly lost to Maloney in the 2020 Democratic primary.
Nadler was nonchalant when asked about Biden’s future. According to CNN, Nadler said it was “too early to tell” what Biden would do and said it wouldn’t help Democrats to be distracted by 2024 questions ahead of the November midterms.
Biden’s political stance is a subject of intense speculation in Washington. The White House has reiterated its desire to run, but the president’s age and low approval ratings have fueled the possibility that the party will look elsewhere. Representative Dean Phillips, a House Democrat who represents a much more competitive seat in Minnesota, recently expressed hope that Biden would not run again.
New Yorkers will decide Maloney’s future later this month.