Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi recently dodged a question about whether President Joe Biden should run for re-election in 2024. “I’m not going to get into the politics about whether the president should run or not,” Pelosi told reporters at her weekly press conference. Despite refusing to commit to endorsing another Biden run for president, she stated, “President Biden is the president of the United States.”
“He did a great service to our country. He defeated Donald Trump. Let’s not forget that. If you care about the air we breathe, the water we drink, the education of our children, jobs for their families, pensions for their seniors — any subject you can name,” continued Pelosi.
Pelosi only latest declining to commit to Biden’s re-election
Pelosi is the latest Democrat to decline committing to backing a Biden 2024 presidential run, only two years away. Only Democrat Representative Dean Phillips has said definitively that the president shouldn’t run again. Ohio Senate hopeful Tim Ryan, currently a member of the House, floated the idea that both parties need new blood. President Biden is 79 years old, while former President Donald Trump, who is expected to possibly run again, is 74.
“My hunch is that we need new leadership across the board — Democrats, Republicans, I think its’ time for a generational move,” said Ryan. However, he later appeared at an event in Ohio headlined by the president.
“The president said from the very beginning he was going to be a bridge to the next generation, which is basically what I was saying,” said Ryan to the White House pool while trying to clarify his earlier comments.
When the Senate candidate was asked point blank if Biden should run again, he answered, “That’s up to him.”
Representative Debbie Dingell made a similar statement when asked on Meet the Press last month if Biden should run again. “If he wants to run, let’s see what he’s going to do.” However, when the president toured Detroit Auto Show recently, Dingell gave a more supportive response. “I’m going to tell you if he runs, we’re all supporting him.”
Dingell interrupted as reporters asked Democrat Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who is seeking re-election if the president should run again in 2024. Whitmer chuckled and responded, “I’m not having that conversation.”
Senator Debbie Stabenow has also explicitly been asked if Biden should run again. Instead of directly answering the question, she responded, “There’s no question that, if President Biden runs again, count me in.”