While reaffirming that she does not believe Biden will run for a second term in the White House, Maloney underscored that she wants him to run and will support a reelection bid.
“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 said during an interview with CNN Thursday.
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
During a Tuesday debate, Maloney said, “I don’t believe he’s running for reelection,” joining a growing list of Democrats who have been skeptical about a second Biden stint in the White House. A string of recent polls has found that Biden has been hemorrhaging support among Democratic primary voters who are increasingly wanting a new candidate to hold the party mantle.
Her opponent, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), was noncommittal during the debate, arguing that it was too early to make a decision on that. Suraj Patel, their younger opponent, gave a decisive “yes” when asked about Biden in 2024 during the debate.
During her CNN interview, Maloney touted Biden as a “tremendous president” and praised his support of the American Rescue Plan and the Inflation Reduction Act.
Whispers of apprehension about a run for reelection have grown louder in recent weeks amid lackluster polling, seemingly few policy victories amid unified government control, and concerns about Biden’s age. Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) recently drew attention for contending that he would not back Biden in a 2024 primary. Biden has maintained he will pursue reelection in 2024.
Maloney is facing a heated primary battle against Nadler for New York’s newly drawn 12th Congressional District. A fraught redistricting process in the Empire State sent the duo on a collision course with each other.