New York’s forward-thinking progressive congressman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, wouldn’t say Sunday whether she would support Joe Biden for re-election in 2024, amid questions about whether Mr. Biden will even lead everything.
She was interviewed on CNN’s State of the Union by Dana Bash of the network, who asked the congresswoman if “you would support him,” given statements by the president indicating that he plans to run for re-election, despite already being the oldest person ever to serve in the White House got started.
“I think we should support it when we get there, but I believe the president has done a very good job so far,” she said of Mr Biden.
“You know, if the president chooses to rejoin in 2024, I mean my primary focus is on winning this majority,” Ms. Ocasio-Cortez added with a laugh. “So we’ll cross that bridge when we get there, but I think if the president has a vision, that’s something we’ll all definitely want to nurture and explore when the time comes.”
The lack of response is significant given recent media reports indicating that Bernie Sanders, the progressive senator who was Biden’s most serious challenger to the Democratic nomination in 2020, has not ruled out a primary bid against the incumbent president in 2024.
Mr. Sanders, currently chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, has been a strong supporter of the president’s Build Back Better agenda, despite opposition from centrists such as Joe Manchin, but he has also called on the president to take action regarding progressive priorities, including student loan debt forgiveness.
Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, who enjoys her own sizable following on the progressive left that rivals that of Mr. Sanders and only a handful of others, endorsed Mr. Sanders’ candidacy for the Democratic nomination in late 2019, shortly after the Vermont senator. suffered a minor stroke that some worried would knock him out of the race.
She remains a member of the so-called “Squad”, a growing number of progressive Democrats in the House who have broken remarkably with their Democratic counterparts on a number of issues, ranging from support for military aid to the Israeli government and most recently the decision to close the bipartisan infrastructure. compromise legislation of Mr Biden’s Build Back Better Act, a strategic move that many on the left blamed for the subsequent failure of the latter legislation.