Liberal congresswoman backtracks after saying Biden won't run in 2024

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New York Rep. Carolyn Maloney on Wednesday walked back comments she made the day before that she doubts President Joe Biden will run for a second term in 2024, breaking from the Democratic party’s status quo.

Despite the White House repeatedly saying that Biden intends to run for reelection, Maloney told debate moderators “I don’t believe he’s running,” during her own campaign for re-election, when she was asked if the president should run.

Maloney is in a heated primary race for NY’s 12th congressional district, largely due to new redistricting that pits her against Rep. Jerry Nadler, who is currently serving in the 10th district. The two will face off at the primary election on August 23rd.

Nadler told debate moderators that it was “too early to say” if Biden would run again in 2024, adding that speculation “doesn’t serve the purpose of the Democratic Party to deal with that until after the midterms.”

Maloney’s surprising answer was quickly seized by conservatives, with the Republican National Committee posting the clip from the debate to social media.

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