Labor Secretary Marty Walsh is making a recommendation to Democrats who are not voicing support for the idea of President Joe Biden running for reelection in 2024.
Walsh appeared on CNN on Friday morning and was asked by Jim Sciutto if he thinks those Democrats are “undermining” the president.
“By any reasonable accounting, it’s been a good month of legislative wins from Democrats,” Sciutto said.
He continued, “At the same time, you have many members of the president’s own party speaking openly saying that President Biden shouldn’t run for president in 2024…I wonder, do you see some in your party as undermining their own president?”
“Certainly, I think some in my own party need to take a step back and maybe shut their Twitters off,” Walsh responded.
He went on to note that gas prices have been decreasing for seven weeks, as well as several recent legislative wins.
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Walsh continued, “It’s easy to be a Monday morning quarterback on the sidelines taking shots at the president, but he took over office with 10 million Americans out of work, he took over office with no plan on the pandemic, and, quite honestly, he’s done an amazing job in my opinion of working across the aisle and pulling America together.”
“So, they can have their opinions all they want. And if President Biden makes the decision to run for re-election in 2024, a lot of those folks will line up behind him,” he added.
Axios published a tracker that shows how various Democrats responded to the question of whether Biden should run again in 2024.
It included a column for Democrats who said “yes” and those who avoided the question.
It also featured a section for Democrats who said “no” that listed just two names: Reps. Angie Craig (Minn.) and Dean Phillips (Minn.).
Former Obama adviser David Axelrod told Axios, “The chatter right now is more about anxiety about ’22 than ’24, and it is not really helpful for Democrats.”
“This is a Washington parlor game,” he continued. “Now’s not the time for the conversation. What voters say about an election two years and change away is about as meaningful as the Farmer’s Almanac.”
Despite the speculation, Biden has said he intends to run again.
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