President Joe Biden’s administration has been an abject failure and Americans are increasingly concerned about his physical and cognitive health. Given the fact that he would be 86 years old at the end of a second term in the White House, it is perhaps understandable that fellow Democrats are concerned about the prospect of a re-election campaign.
U.S. Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) became the latest prominent Democrat to conspicuously avoid a reporter’s question about whether Biden should throw his hat in the ring for a 2024 bid.
A local reporter asked her about it on Monday and her aide stepped in to cut the interview short, but Bush did go on to provide a noncommittal answer.
“I don’t want to answer that question because we have not, that’s not, yeah, I don’t want to answer that question,” she said.
The freshman lawmaker went on to acknowledge that “he’s the president and he has the right to run for a second term,” but reiterated the fact that she had no intention of answering the reporter’s question. At that point, Bush’s aide once again interjected to wrap up the interview.
Of course, Bush is hardly alone among Democrats in expressing uncertainty about whether Biden should seek re-election despite his assurance that he intends to do so.
Last month, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who served as the co-chair for Biden’s 2020 campaign and inauguration, similarly hedged her bets when asked about a 2024 bid.
Although she signaled that she would support Biden if he does decide to run again, she added: “You know, I’m not going to weigh in on whether he should run.”
Similarly, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) would not confirm whether Biden would have her endorsement for a 2024 campaign, explaining: “We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.”
Such evasive responses seem to align with recent polling results that show a clear majority of Democratic voters want to see someone other than Biden at the top of the 2024 Democratic ticket. A recent New York Times-Siena College poll determined that nearly 2 in 3 Democrats believe the president should turn down a re-election bid.
Pollsters found that respondents were almost equally divided between blaming his age and his job performance for their opposition.