(The Center Square) – As midterm elections approach, some Democrats remain hesitant to say whether President Joe Biden should run again in 2024.
U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., offered Biden an apology Thursday after saying she didn’t think he would run again.
“Mr. President, I apologize,” Maloney said. “I want you to run. I happen to think you won’t be running, but when you run, if you run, I will be there 100%.”
Maloney’s apology comes days after she said, during a Democratic primary debate for New York’s 12th Congressional District, she does not think Biden will run in 2024.
“I don’t believe he’s running for reelection,” Maloney said.
One of her opponents, U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said it’s too early to decide if Biden should be on the ticket.
“Too early to say,” said Nadler. “It doesn’t serve the purpose of the Democratic party to deal with that until after the midterms.”
Other Democrats, too, are beginning to question whether Biden should run for reelection in 2024, with many calling for a younger lineup.
“The country would be well-served by a new generation of compelling, well-prepared, dynamic Democrats to step up,” U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips, D-Minn., said in an interview with WCCO radio.
An overwhelming majority of voters also say they hope to see a different candidate run in 2024.
According to a poll conducted by The New York Times and the Siena College Research Institute, 64% of potential Democratic primary voters say Democrats should nominate another candidate. Only 26% of the polled potential voters say they want to see Biden as the 2024 nominee.
“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. Angie Craig, D-Minn., told MinnPost. “I would say we need new leaders in Washington up and down the ballot in the Democratic Party.”