Representative Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., said Wednesday that she plans to support Biden should he run for reelection in 2024.
Omar was asked Wednesday if she would be supporting Biden in a reelection bid in 2024 to which she replied “of course.” The response comes after Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and fellow “Squad” member, avoided responding directly when asked on CNN’s “State of the Union” if she would support Biden in 2024.
“I just want to ask about President Biden. He is saying he’s going to run again in 2024. Will you support him?” asked host Dana Bash.
Ocasio-Cortez replied, “You know, if the president chooses to run again in 2024, I mean, first of all, I’m focused on winning this majority right now and preserving a majority this year in 2022, So, we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it… 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.”
“That’s not a yes,” Bash replied to the comments.
“You know, I think we should endorse when we get to it,” Ocasio-Cortez responded. “I believe that the president has been doing a very good job so far. And, you know, should he run again? I think that I… you know, I think it’s… we’ll take a look at it.”
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on Monday, after Fox News’ Peter Doocy brought the question to her attention, that President Biden would be running in 2024.
“The president, as you know, has been asked that question many times, and he has answered it,” she replied. “His answer has been pretty simple, which is, yes, he’s running for reelection. I can’t say more than that.”
Should Biden run, he would be 82 at the start of his campaign, and should he win, he would be 86 at the end of his term.
“The presidency is a monstrously taxing job and the stark reality is the president would be closer to 90 than 80 at the end of a second term, and that would be a major issue,” said David Axelrod, chief strategist of former President Barack Obama, in an interview with The New York Times.
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