Despite his abysmal poll numbers, most high-profile Democrats are continuing to voice support for President Joe Biden.
Yet in what may be a foretaste of things to come, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently went rogue when she hesitated to give the president her full-throated endorsement.
“We’ll take a look at it”
Ocasio-Cortez’s reluctance became evident during a conversation that she had on Sunday with CNN’s “State of the Union” host Dana Bash.
“[Biden] is saying he’s gonna run again in 2024. Will you support him?”
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“I just want to ask about President Biden. He is saying he’s going to run again in 2024. Will you support him?” Bash asked the progressive lawmaker.
“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,” Ocasio-Cortez replied.
“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 added.
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Bash took note of how noncommittal the New York representative was in her response. “That’s not a yes,” the host pointed out.
“Yes, I think we should endorse when we get to it,” Ocasio-Cortez stated. “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 with a chuckle.
Ocasio-Cortez is apparently not the only member of her party who is feeling less than confident about the president’s leadership.
Steve Simeonidis is a Democratic National Committee member from Miami, and he recently told The New York Times that “[t]o say our country was on the right track would flagrantly depart from reality.” He added that Biden “should announce his intent not to seek re-election in ’24 right after the midterms.”