When questioned on Sunday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) declined to back President Joe Biden in the 2024 presidential race. AOC swiftly shifted the subject after awkwardly laughing off the idea of supporting her political party’s own president.
Host Dana Bash questioned Ocasio-Cortez if she would endorse Biden in the 2024 presidential race during an interview on Sunday morning.
“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. We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it. But I think if the president has a vision, then that’s something we’re all certainly willing to entertain and examine when the time comes,” Ocasio-Cortez said, laughing uncomfortably.
“That’s not a yes,” Bash said.
WATCH:@AOC refuses to say if she would support Joe Biden if he runs in 2024.— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) June 12, 2022
AOC: “We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it…”
CNN’s Dana Bash: “That's not a ‘yes.’”
After awkward pause, AOC: “Yeah, you know…” pic.twitter.com/lqlLNybZFl
“But I believe that the president has been doing a very good job so far.” Ocasio-Cortez remarked, shifting into damage management mode.
Ocasio-Cortez backed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) over Biden in the 2020 Democratic primary.
If Biden is re-elected in 2024, he will be 82 years old at the time of his inauguration, making him the oldest serving president in American history.
Biden was reported to be running for re-election in 2024 in April.
According to a research released on Saturday, there are 50 disgruntled Democratic leaders, members of Congress, and voters who mistrust the president’s capacity to save his floundering party and defeat Republicans.
Many Democratic lawmakers and party officials are expressing their dissatisfaction with President Biden’s inability to advance the majority of his agenda, doubting his ability to save the party from a predicted midterm defeat, and increasingly viewing him as an anchor that should be cut loose in 2024.
Biden should announce his intention not to run for re-election in 2024 soon after the midterm elections, according to Steve Simeonidis, a member of the Democratic National Committee from Miami.