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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Democrat nominee for president in 2016 and the woman who was defeated by former President Obama in the 2008 primaries, has made her decision about campaigning for president again.
She gave an interview to the Financial Times where she talked about her own political career, former president Donald trump, President Joe Biden’s presidency and the 2024 election as she ruled out ever campaigning for president again.
“No, out of the question,” she said. “First of all, I expect Biden to run. He certainly intends to run. It would be very disruptive to challenge that.”
She said the most important issue is the 2024 presidential election, more than anything social or economic, and judging by the current state of the economy it would be wise for every top Democrat to steer the conversation away from finances.
“We are standing on the precipice of losing our democracy, and everything that everybody else cares about then goes out the window,” she said. “Look, the most important thing is to win the next election. The alternative is so frightening that whatever does not help you win should not be a priority.”
But Biden getting elected again is starting to look tougher than the Democrats want it to be.
The Daily Caller, a conservative news website, contacted each of the 50 Democrat senators and asked them if they would support President Biden in 2024 and only five of them said yes, the news site reported.
A spokesperson for Senate Majority Leader and Democratic New York Sen. Chuck Schumer responded to the Daily Caller with a one-word answer: “Yes.”
Spokespeople for Democratic Sens. Tim Kaine of Virginia and Jack Reed of Rhode Island responded in the same way: “Yes.”
Democratic New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker’s spokesperson also said the senator would endorse Biden, noting, “Yes, Senator Booker supports President Biden for re-election should he run again in 2024.”
This weekend New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez would not commit to supporting President Biden in 2024 on the CNN show “State of the Union” on Sunday.
“I just want to ask about President Biden. He is saying he’s going to run again in 2024. Will you support him?” host Dana Bash said.
“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,” the representative said.
“So we will cross that bridge when we get to it. But I think, if the president has a vision, then that’s something certainly we’re all willing to entertain and examine when the time comes,” she said.
“That’s not a yes,” the host said.
“Yes, I think we should endorse when we get to it,” the representative said. “But I believe that the president has been doing a very good job so far. And should he run again, I think that — I think it’s — we will take a look at it. But, right now, we need to focus on winning a majority, instead of a presidential election,” she said.
"[Biden] is saying he's gonna run again in 2024. Will you support him?"
ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ: "We'll take a look at it. Ha ha ha." pic.twitter.com/ztJJe55vJv
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) June 12, 2022
And she is not the only Democrat with reservations about Biden.
Top members of the Democrat Party do not want President Joe Biden on the presidential ticket in 2024 because they do not believe he can be reelected.
Republicans are expected to have massive victories in the 2022 midterms and just about all of the 50 Democrats interviewed do not believe that President Biden can help the Party keep the White House in 2024, The New York Times reported.
Democratic National Committee (DNC) member Steve Simeonidis, said that President Biden should step aside and allow someone else to take the reigns in the 2024 election.
“To say our country was on the right track would flagrantly depart from reality,” he said to The Times. “[Biden] should announce his intent not to seek re-election in ’24 right after the midterms.”
“Democrats need fresh, bold leadership for the 2024 presidential race,” Shelia Huggins, a DNC member from North Carolina said. “That can’t be Biden.”
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