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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., didn’t answer yes — and instead focused on this year’s midterms — when asked if she would support President Biden if he chose to stand for re-election in 2024.
During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, Ocasio-Cortez was asked about her feelings about the president seeking a second term, and she responded very delicately.
“I just want to ask about President Biden. He says he’s going to run in 2024. Will you support him?” CNN host Dana Bash asked.
“You know, if the president chooses to run again in 2024, I mean, first of all, I’m focused on winning that majority right now and preserving a majority this year in 2022,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “So we’ll cross that bridge when we get there… I think if the president has a vision and that’s something we’re certainly all ready to entertain and look at when the time comes.”
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To that, Bash noted, “That’s not a yes.”
“You know, I think we should approve when we get there,” Ocasio-Cortez replied. “I think the president has done a really good job so far. And, you know, should he run again? I think I… you know, I think it’s… we’re going to take a look at it. a look.”
“Right now we need to focus on getting a majority rather than our presidential election,” she added.
Earlier in the interview, Ocasio-Cortez defended her decision to endorse progressive New York State Senator Alessandra Biaggi, who is trying to unseat incumbent Democratic Representative Sean Patrick Malone, representing the 18th congressional district of New York.
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The move was criticized by former Barack Obama campaign manager Jim Messina as counterproductive for the Democratic Party, which risks losing control of both houses of Congress in the 2022 midterm elections at a when the Supreme Court is also reconsidering its historic decision on abortion.
“I think right now there are a lot of voters back home who are pretty worried about the enthusiasm right now in terms of turnout for the Democratic Party,” Ocasio-Cortez said, arguing for candidates who are “able to excite a base” amid shifting party dynamics. “We need a generational change in the United States Congress for us to have a policy change in the United States Congress.”
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