In discussing the future of her party last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) declared that President Joe Biden should seek another term in the White House, as Fox News reported, seemingly revealing the secret that any chance of seeing a younger candidate appear atop the Democrat ticket is now greatly in danger.
Pelosi’s comments came during a joint interview with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) given to CNN’s Jamie Gangel.
Doubling down on Biden
The journalist from CNN questioned the two party leaders about whether a campaign for a second term would be wise, given Biden’s weak approval numbers for much of his presidency to date.
Pelosi, for her part, offered an enthusiastic endorsement of the job Biden has done to date declared herself all-in should he decide to run again.
“I think President Biden has done an excellent job as president of the United States. I hope that he does seek reelection. He’s a person with a great vision for our country. He’s been involved for a long time, so he has great knowledge of the issues and the challenges we face,” Pelosi said.
“And he’s the most empathetic president. He connects with the American people,” the speaker added. “The vision, the knowledge, the strategic thinking is all here. The empathy is from the heart. And I think that he’s been a great president,” the 82-year-old lawmaker added.
No so fast, Nancy
Despite Pelosi’s full-throated endorsement of another Biden candidacy, the president – who recently turned 80 years old, does not necessarily enjoy similar support among vast swaths of the electorate, according to recent polling.
As Newsweek reported last month, a survey conducted by Redfield & Wilton Strategies found that, despite the Democrats’ success in staving off a Republican wave in the November midterms, there may not be a deluge of support building for the idea of a second Biden term.
The poll indicated that while 51% of Democrat respondents said they would support a Biden candidacy in 2024, 37% were opposed, and another 12% remained unsure.
Fully 60% of respondents who were opposed to another Biden run cited his advanced age as a primary reason, something that is sure to bolster the arguments of party elites who may be pushing for a more youthful standard-bearer in the coming cycle.
Signs point to yes
Despite lingering doubts about his popularity as well as his cognitive condition, signals coming from the White House and others seem to point to the inevitability of a Biden 2024 campaign.
When asked recently about his intentions about running, Biden hinted in the direction of an affirmative answer, but stopped short of making it official, saying, “This is ultimately a family decision. I think everybody wants me to run, but we’re going to have discussions about it.”
Many suspected that the opinion of Jill Biden on the subject would perhaps be the determining factor for 2024, and earlier this year, some suggested she was “not a proponent” of another campaign, according to the New York Post.
However, on the heels of the Democrats’ better-than-expected midterm showing, sources close to Mrs. Biden have indicated that she is now “all in” for a second term, suggesting that – for better or worse – Pelosi’s expressed desire to cheer on a fellow octogenarian in his next quest for the Oval Office may indeed come true.