Sen. Blumenthal says Biden’s ’24 viability depends on November midterm results

The most (un)popular question on Capitol Hill for the past few weeks is the question posed to Democrats by virtually all mainstream media journalists: Will you support President Joe Biden as the 2024 nominee?

The question has elicited downright embarrassing and shockingly awkward responses from some of the top players in the Democratic Party. According to Breitbart, the question was posed over the weekend to Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and his answer should shake the Biden White House to its core. 

Blumenthal indicated that the results of the November midterms will determine whether or not Biden is a viable 2024 candidate.

Given that Democrats are predicted — by pundits on both sides of the aisle — to lose possibly a historical number of seats in the November midterms, Biden’s chances are looking quite slim.

“Very blunt and very honest”

“President Biden says he intends to run for re-election in 2024. You’ve heard there’s not exactly unanimity in your party… Do you think President Biden is the best candidate in 2024?” CNN’s Dana Bash asked of the senator during an interview on State of the Union.

“I’m going to be very blunt and very honest with you. My focus is totally on this November because I am running for re-election. But also, I think this November’s gonna determine how successful President Biden is in the next two years and how strong he would be as a candidate,” Blumenthal responded.

He added: “We need to elect more Democrat senators to assure he can appoint judges, he can achieve pro-choice legislation, he can continue the forward momentum of the economy, lower inflation. We are making tremendous progress. The Inflation Reduction Act is one example. The veterans burn pits legislation, which I helped to lead, very important.”

Intentional dodge?

Bash followed up with: “Your non-answer is going to likely be perceived as an intentional dodge. You won’t say, yes, I support President Biden. Is that where you want it to be?”

Blumenthal temporarily gave in and said he’d support Biden in ’24, but when Bash followed up by asking if he wants Biden to run again, the awkward, predictable answer came next.

“If he decides he wants to run, and I think his decision will be determined by how November ends for the Democratic Party and for senators like myself who are running for re-election,” Blumenthal replied.

Only time will tell if Biden, who barely knows where he’s at or what he’s doing at any given moment, actually runs again in ’24, but it’s clear that virtually nobody in his party wants him to be the nominee at this point. Ouch.

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