RI Dems running for Congress coy about Biden for reelection in 2024


Democratic members of Congress are struggling to answer a simple question: Should President Joe Biden run for reelection?

Two candidates running for a US House seat representing parts of New York City stumbled over the question last week, and the Democrats running for Rhode Island’s 2nd Congressional District aren’t eager to answer it either.

The Journal asked the six Democrats running to succeed US Rep. Jim Langevin whether Biden should run in 2024.

Sarah Morgenthau

Only one of them, Sarah Morgenthau, said he should.

“Yes, I believe Trump will be the Republican nominee and poses a clear and present danger to our democracy,” said Morgenthau, who worked in the US Department of Commerce after raising money for Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign. “President Biden has proven he is the candidate to beat Donald Trump and deliver results.”

Seth Magaziner

General Treasurer Seth Magaziner’s response via spokeswoman Patricia Socarras avoided answering the question.

“Treasurer Magaziner is focused on keeping the [2nd Congressional District] in Democratic control in this year’s election to lower the cost of prescription drugs and energy, protect Social Security and Medicare from extremist Republicans who are determined to cut those programs, and ensure that women can make their own health care decisions without interference from politicians,” Socarras stated in an email.

General Treasurer Seth Magaziner

Democrats might be avoiding aligning themselves with Biden because his approval rating in recent polls has languished below 40%.

Many Republican elected officials avoided all questions about Donald Trump during his time in the White House. .

During a televised debate for New York’s 12th District on Tuesday, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Rep. Jerry Nadler and candidate Suraj Patel were asked whether Biden should run in 2024. Maloney said she didn’t think Biden would run again, Nadler said it was wrong to have an opinion on that before the midterm elections and Patel said Biden should run again. Maloney and Nadler tried to walk back their responses later in the week.

Omar Bah

Rhode Island Democratic candidate Omar Bah wrote that there “are many urgent issues that this White House still needs to address during this current term.

Omar Bah

“Our focus is on getting to Congress to put pressure on this administration to make good on its promises, then we can have the conversation about 2024. I’m not going to be engaged in the business of putting up Republican talking points against our incumbent president.”

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Spencer Dickinson

When he was asked about Biden running again, 2nd Congressional District candidate and former state Rep. Spencer Dickinson wrote: “At this point, that might be up to him.”

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