Schumer and Pelosi bless a Biden 2024 run
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) both called President Biden’s first term in the White House Thursday “excellent,” saying he should run again in 2024.
Her strong support for the 80-year-old president, who is campaigning for re-election, stands in stark contrast to multiple polls showing that the majority of voters, including Democrats, would rather see another candidate lead the Democratic Party in 2024.
“I think President Biden has done an excellent job as President of the United States,” Pelosi said in a joint interview with Schumer that aired Thursday on CNN. “I hope he will seek re-election. He is a person with a great vision for our country. He has been around for a long time and knows very well the problems and challenges we face. And he’s the most empathetic president. He connects with the American people.”
“The vision, the knowledge, the strategic thinking is everything here. Empathy comes from the heart. And I think he was a great president,” added the outgoing Speaker of the Democratic House of Representatives.
Schumer echoed many of Pelosi’s points when asked if he supports Biden’s quest for a second term.
“Yes, he did an excellent, excellent job. And if he runs, I’ll support him all the way,” Schumer said.
Biden, already the oldest president in US history, would live to be 86 if re-elected at the end of his second term.
A CNN poll released Wednesday found that 59% of Democrats and pro-Democrat independents would rather see someone other than Biden as the party’s flag-bearer in 2024, but 28% said they had no specific candidate in mind.
A Redfield & Wilton Strategies poll conducted for Newsweek and released Tuesday found that 58% of voters polled said Biden should not run for re-election, with 42% citing his advanced age as the top reason for their response.
Biden is believed to be considering launching his re-election campaign early in the new year.
According to CNN, first lady Jill Biden is reportedly “all in” if her husband seeks another four years in office after previously being described as “not in favor” of another presidential campaign.