Maloney, Nadler decline to say if Biden should run for reelection

Two top House Democrats running for reelection both declined to say if President Biden should run for reelection in 2024, adding to the chorus of Democratic lawmakers who are not sold on another Biden White House bid.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday said she does not believe President Biden will run for reelection in 2024, despite the White House consistently saying that the president plans to vie for another four years in office.

Maloney’s comment came during Tuesday night’s Democratic primary debate for New York’s 12th congressional district. Maloney, the chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, is running against Rep. Jerold Nadler (D-N.Y.), the chair of the House Judiciary Committee, and Suraj Patel, who previously worked for the Obama White House.

“I don’t believe he’s running for reelection,” Maloney said at the debate when asked if Biden should run again in 2024.

Asked the same question, Nadler responded “too early to say, doesn’t serve the purpose of the Democratic Party to deal with that until after the midterms.”

Patel answered “yes.”

Maloney and Nadler, both chairs of powerful House committees who have served in the lower chamber together for almost 30 years, are facing off against one another after they both decided to run in the 12th congressional district that was drawn in redistricting.

Their comments come after other Democrats have thrown cold water on another Biden presidential bid, despite the White House consistently saying that Biden intends on running again. The speculation regarding another Biden presidential run comes amid a series of unfavorable polls for the commander-in-chief.

Last week, Rep. Dean Phillips (D-Minn.) told WCCO-AM that he would not support Biden should he run for another four years, arguing that the country needs “a new generation” of Democrats.

“I think the country would be well-served by a new generation of compelling, well-prepared, dynamic Democrats who step up,” Phillips said.

Just days before that, Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) refused to say if she wanted Biden to run for another term, telling KSDK News in her home state “I don’t want to answer that question.”

And in June, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) would not say if she would endorse Biden should he run for reelection, telling CNN “we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.”

The White House reiterated Biden’s plans to run for reelection after Phillips’ comment, with press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre telling reporters “the president intends to run in 2024.”

“We are a ways away from 2024. We are going to continue to focus on doing the business of the American people, by delivering for families, by lowering costs for families, as we have seen,” Jean-Pierre added.

Not all of Biden’s democratic colleagues, however, are backing away from his 2024 ambitions. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) told reporters last month “if he runs, I’ll support him” when asked if Biden should run for reelection.

The Hill reached out to Maloney’s campaign for more information on her remarks, and to the White House for comment.