(CNSNews.com) – White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Friday that President Joe Biden does intend to run for president in 2024 despite waning support from Democrats.
As CNSNews.com previously reported, a CNN poll showed 75 percent of Democratic voters want the Democratic Party to nominate someone else to represent them in the next presidential race.
“There’s a new polling out by the New York Times but other news outlets as well that shows majority of Democrats don’t want President Biden to run again in 2024. The latest New York Times polling has 26 percent say they do want him to run,” NBC White House Correspondent Kristen Welker said.
“We had some reporting yesterday that the administration’s keeping a close eye on potential challengers. How nervous is this White House when you look at these numbers and when you think about the other Democrats who are out there making their voices heard?” Welker asked.
“The president intends to run in 2024. We are a long ways away from that. I cannot get into specifics of any political election polling, because I am behind this podium, but what I can say– we just talked about the Inflation Reduction Act and how important the president believes it to deliver that to the middle class, to the American people,” the press secretary said.
“Earlier this week or just yesterday, the CHIPS Act was passed, and how critical that’s going to be to lowering costs, investing in manufacturing as we talk about inflation. It’s going to strengthen the supply chain. All of these things are because of the work that the president has been doing. So we’re going to continue those efforts,” Jean-Pierre said.
“We’re going to continue to deliver the best way we can, and let’s not forget the gas prices as well. That’s something that the president has been doing for months, and we have seen the decline for the last six weeks. That’s our focus,” she said.
Another reporter asked the press secretary about Rep. Dean Phillips (D-Min.), who is the first Democrat to bluntly call for another nominee to replace Biden in the next election.
“I wanted to follow up on the question Kristen asked you. Democratic Congressman Dean Phillips today said he doesn’t believe that President Biden should run again in 2024. He says he believes, quote, ‘most’ of his ‘colleagues feel the same way’ and that it’s time for generational change. Generational change is something we’ve heard President Biden himself talk about in the Democratic Party. So does the White House have any response to the congressman?” she asked.
“Look, I’m — I’m going to stay where I am — where — what I said earlier to your other colleague, which is the president intends to run in 2024. We are ways away from 2024. We are going to continue to focus on doing the business of the American people by delivering for families, by lowering costs for families, as we have seen,” Jean-Pierre said.
“We are very focused as well on the Inflation Reduction Act, as I just went through and explained. We saw the CHIPS Act pass, which is going to lower costs for families, going to fight — you know, strengthen supply chains, strengthen our national security, invest in manufacturing. Those are the things that we’re going to continue to focus on and much more. And so, right now, 2024 is so far away,” she said.
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