In the past few months, President Biden has made it abundantly clear that he intends to run for a second term in 2024. However, not every Democrat who supported him in 2020 is coming back to support him again.
There are more than a few in his party who question whether it’s a good idea for him to run again with consistently low approval ratings and the president turning 80 in November.
While no major Democratic politicians have come out directly against the president running again, many have refused to comment their support for Biden.
Here are some of the biggest Democratic names who haven’t come out to support Biden in 2024.
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)
AOC, one of the “vote Blue no matter who” crowd, refused to comment on whether she would endorse President Biden if he ran again back in June.
“We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it,” the progressive lawmaker said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“But I think if the president has a vision, and that’s something certainly we’re all willing to entertain and examine when the time comes,” she added.
When pressed on the matter, Ocasio-Cortez said she is focusing on the 2022 midterm elections.
Ocasio-Cortez also has been hesitant to discuss her own possible 2024 plans, after refusing to rule out running for president herself on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” last month.
Representative Angie Craig (D-MN) and Representative Dean Phillips (D-MN)
Two of Minnesota’s 8 representatives have been unwilling to state their support for Biden.
Craig would not state outright whether Biden would have her support for reelection as recently as this week, saying in an interview with MinnPost, “I would say we need new leaders in Washington up and down the ballot in the Democratic Party.”
However, Phillips, a fellow Minnesota Democrat, said outright he doesn’t support Biden running in 2024.
“I think the country would be well-served by a new generation of compelling, well-prepared, dynamic Democrats who step up,” Phillips said.
Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV)
Manchin, one of the most conservative Democrats in the Senate, would not say if he would throw his support behind Biden for 2024 as recently as the end of July.
“I’m not going, I’m not getting into 2022 or 2024,” Manchin said on ABC’s “This Week. “Whoever is my president, that’s my president. And Joe Biden is my president right now.”
Manchin has been something of a roadblock for more progressive liberals, often putting a halt on the Biden administration’s agenda.
Representative Cori Bush (D-MO)
Bush refused to answer whether she would support Biden’s road back to the White House in 2024.
“I don’t want to answer that question because we have not, that’s not, yeah, I don’t want to answer that question,” the first-term Democrat said. “I mean, he’s the president, and he has the right to run for a second term, absolutely, but I don’t want to, I’d rather you not do that, ask that question.”
Representative Jerry Nadler (D-NY)
Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, didn’t show support for Biden in 2024 during a Tuesday debate.
“Too early to say. Doesn’t serve the purpose of the Democratic Party to deal with that until after the midterms,” Nadler stated.
In addition, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), the chairwoman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, and Nadler’s post-redistricting primary opponent, also refrained from endorsing Biden’s reelection during Tuesday’s debate. However, Maloney walked back her comments and said she would be supporting the president in 2024.
“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 percent,” Maloney said Thursday while looking into the camera on CNN’s “New Day.”
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