During an interview with the New York Times editorial board, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) said during what she thought was an off-mic moment that she didn’t believe President Joe Biden would run again in 2024.
“Off the record, he’s not running again,” Maloney said.
After she was informed that she was actually on the record, she said, “On the record? No, he should not run again.”
Both comments were published by the Times, which has the policy that both interviewer and interviewee must agree that something is off the record.
Maloney is a leader in the House and currently chairs the Joint Economic Committee.
She also said during a campaign debate earlier this month, “I don’t believe he’s running for re-election.”
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), who also participated in the debate, also declined to say Biden would run again, but was a bit more circumspect.
“It’s too early to say,” Nadler responded to the question of whether Biden should run for a second term. “It doesn’t serve the purposes of the Democratic Party to deal with that until after the midterms.”
Maloney did express support for Biden even as she stood by her prediction that he would not run for another term.
“Mr. President, I apologize. I want you to run. I happen to think you won’t be running, but when you run or if you run, I will be there 100%. You have deserved it. You are a great president and thank you for everything you’ve done for my state and all the states and all the cities in America,” Maloney said on CNN after the Times interview was published.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) walks back: “Mr. President, I apologize. I want you to run. I happen to think you won’t be running, but when you run or if you run, I will be there 100%. You have deserved it. You are a great president and thank you for everything you’ve done …” pic.twitter.com/w8gUATVkf9
— The Recount (@therecount) August 4, 2022
For Democrats to be this brazen this soon in the presidential election cycle, Biden’s second term is in jeopardy indeed.