The chairwoman of the powerful House Oversight Committee, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, said Tuesday that she does not believe President Joe Biden will campaign for a second term in 2024.
Speaking during a primary debate about the candidates vying for the Democratic Party nomination in New York’s 12th congressional district, Ms. Maloney and other candidates were asked whether Mr. Biden should run for re-election.
She replied, “I don’t believe he’s running for re-election.”
Another 12th District candidate, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, said it’s “too early” to say whether Biden should throw his hat in the ring for 2024.
At 79, Biden is the oldest person ever to be sworn in as America’s chief executive. He would be 82 the day he is sworn in for a second term, a full five years older than the next oldest president, Ronald Reagan, when he left office in 1989.
The 46th president’s age has long been a point of attack for his critics in the Republican Party, many of whom often suggest without evidence that Biden is senile or suffering from unspecified illnesses that have resulted in his cognitive decline.
Behind closed doors, Democratic insiders have chafed at Mr. Biden’s low approval ratings and advanced age, and some have privately suggested he step down after one term. Ms. Maloney is among the highest-profile Democrats to say Biden should not seek re-election, and her statement comes as two of her Democratic colleagues, Representatives Dean Phillips and Angie Craig of Minnesota, said Biden must resign after only one term.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment The independentbut Mr. Biden has repeatedly said he intends to run in 2024.