Top Democrat says anyone considering challenging Biden in 2024 should BOW OUT because it could hurt his race against a Republican challenger
- James Clyburn said he is ‘all-in’ for President Joe Biden to run again in 2024
- He warned other Democrats not to run a primary challenge against him
- Democratic Assistant House Leader has been speaking to Biden about a bid
- Clyburn says that he is ‘convinced’ that Biden will run for reelection
- Biden has not yet announced whether he will run for a second term
James Clyburn is ‘all-in’ for President Joe Biden to run for reelection in 2024 – and warned other Democrats not to run a primary election against him because it could hurt him in a general race against the Republican nominee.
Clyburn is the assistant Democratic Leader in the House and helped propel Biden to earning the Democratic nomination after endorsing him in the 2020 primary.
The South Carolina representative told CBS News that he has been speaking with the president about the next presidential election.
He also said that other Democrats who have contemplated running in 2024 should think again.
While Biden has not yet said if he will run for reelection in 2024, he has suggested in the past that he has every indication to do so and with Vice President Kamala Harris as his running mate.
Democratic assistant Leader James Clyburn said he is ‘all-in’ for President Joe Biden to run again in 2024 – and warned other Democrats not to run a primary challenge against him
Clyburn says that he is ‘convinced’ that Biden will run because of his ‘record.’
‘I’m all-in for President Biden,’ Clyburn said to CBS’ Robert Costa in a Wednesday interview, adding that he would leave the timing for an announcement up to the president.
‘I think he’s demonstrated, in these two years – soon to be two years – that he is deserving of re-election. And I do believe that he will be re-elected irrespective of who the Republicans, they put up,’ he said.
Former President Donald Trump announced November 15 that he will for the third time make a run for the White House after his defeat against Biden in 2020.
No other Republicans have yet announced if they will see the spot, but several polls show that a good percentage of GOP voters want to see Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on the ticket in 2024 instead of Trump.
Clyburn is widely credited with delivering South Carolina for Biden in the 2020 Democratic primary.
This win was said to resurrect Biden’s campaign after defeats in first-in-the-nation caucus and primary elections in Iowa and New Hampshire.
Biden has not yet said whether he plans to launch a reelection campaign for 2024, but has suggested that he has every intention of doing so – and running with Vice President Kamala Harris on the ticket
Clyburn says that he has been encouraging Biden to campaign against the new Republican majority in the House as a way into the 2024 election cycle.
‘I’ve told him on many occasions that I believe that he ought to announce for re-election,’ the Democratic congressman said.
Other Democrats have been hesitant to announce whether they are considering a 2024 presidential run, especially before Biden reveals his plans.
‘I don’t think he will [face any primary challengers], and I don’t think he should,’ Clyburn said.
‘The history is very clear on what happens when you challenge a sitting president like this,’ he continued.
Clyburn claimed that past examples of sitting presidents facing primary challenges from within their own party for reelection might yield a primary win, but could hurt their chances of winning reelection against the opposition party.
‘For us to challenge a sitting president, especially the one that has had the kind of successes that this president has had – because it would just be personal,’ Clyburn said.