On Tuesday, two Democrats from New York chose not to declare whether they would back Vice President Biden’s bid for the presidency in 2024, adding their names to the list of Democrats who are open to the idea.
Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) was asked during a recent debate if Biden were to run again in 2024 if he would support the president in a second run for office, according to Fox News.
The New York Democrat said that it was “Too early to say. Doesn’t serve the purpose of the Democratic Party to deal with that until after the midterms.”
A similar response was solicited when Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) also dodged the question by saying, “I don’t believe he’s running for re-election.”
Other Democrats who have also side-stepped the issue of whether they would support their current commander-in-chief in a second bid for office include Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) and Angie Craig (D-MN).
Phillips said last week during a radio interview that, “The country would be well-served by a new generation of compelling, well-prepared, dynamic Democrats who step up.”
Craig agreed with Phillips telling MinnPost Tuesday that “I think Dean Phillips and I are in lockstep and alignment with that, and I’m going to do everything in my power as a member of Congress to make sure that we have a new generation of leadership.”
Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-N.J.) was also questioned about Biden in 2024 during a town hall, but he chose not to express his opinion on the matter:
“I don’t know if he’s running in 2024 or who’s running, so I’m not going to opine on who should be president,” Malinowski said.
Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) also weighed in when asked by Fox News’ Sandra Smith if he would support Biden in 2024, but he avoided the question: “I’m working on my own election and that’s all I’m focused on right now,” he said.