Topline

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (DN.Y.) became the latest top Democrat who does not believe President Joe Biden will run for reelection in 2024, saying in a debate she would support him “100%” if he runs, but doubts the 79-year- old will.

Key Facts

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Rep. Jerry Nadler (DN.Y.), who is running against Maloney for her congressional seat, refused to answer the question of whether Biden should run, saying he wants to focus instead on the upcoming midterm elections—making him one of a growing list of Democrats to stay quiet on the issue.

Biden, the oldest president in US history (he would be 82 at inauguration if reelected, and 86 by the end of his second term), has been clear on his intentions to run, which he announced in a May 2021 press conference and has continued to reinforce.

Two House Democrats, Rep. Angie Craig (Minn.) and Rep. Dean Phillips (Minn.), has been some of the most critical of Biden’s apparent reelection bid, with Phillips saying last week Washington needs a “new generation” of Democrats.

Former South Carolina Rep. Joe Cunningham, who is running in the state’s gubernatorial election, told CNN in June that Biden should “cede the nomination” to a younger candidate and “allow a new generation of leadership to emerge.”

Centrist Sen. Joe Manchin (DW.V.) has also refused to support Biden’s reelection bid, although he’s been asked repeatedly, telling Former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, “we will just have to wait and see.”

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) has said he supports Biden, but also refused to talk about the 2024 campaign, telling the Wall Street Journal, “getting into this game this early is not very productive.”

Former Democratic challenger Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told Biden last month he will not run against him for president, although a grass-roots organization that supports Sanders launched a “Don’t Run Joe” campaign urging the president to step aside, calling him “neither bold nor inspiring.”

News Peg

Previous reports have found House Democrats privately oppose a Biden reelection, consistent with a number of polls that found nearly two-thirds of Democrats don't want Biden as the candidate in 2024.

Chief Critic

Still, a number of major Democrats have endorsed Biden, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), who gave unwavering support, saying “I don't even understand why that's a question today.”

Key Background

Democrats' reactions to Biden's plans to run again have so far been split. A New York Times/Siena College poll found 33% of the Democrats who don't want Biden to run listed his age as the biggest factor, followed by his job performance (32%). A Gallup poll conducted last week found Biden's job approval fell to a new low, hitting 38%, down from between 40% and 43% in the previous months. Some 75% of Democrats in a CNN poll published last week said they want someone other than Biden to run in 2024, while an Emerson College poll found Biden down five points in a hypothetical 2024 rematch with former President Donald Trump.

Tangent

Even though there is no clear challenger for the Democratic nomination, California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Vice President Kamala Harris appear to be Democrats' top choices if Biden doesn't run, according to a NewsNation-Decision Desk poll, which found 16% would support Harris and 9% would support Newsom and Transportation Secretary Buttigieg (8%). Sanders, who previously said he will not run, received nearly 11% support.

First Democrat In Congress Suggests Biden Shouldn't Run In 2024 (Forbes)

Maloney to Biden: 'I apologize. I want you to run. I happen to think you won't be running.' (The Hill)