How can Bernie justify his decision?
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced his support of a re-election bid by President Biden if he opts for one. This announcement came one day after progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) declined to answer whether she would endorse a Biden re-election campaign.
In a question about supporting the President in 2024, Sanders told CNN that it is “a little too early” but that “I think Biden will probably run again, and if he runs again, I will support him.”
Sanders had run against Biden in 2020 but has said that he would not attempt a primary challenge if Biden decides to run.
The White House on Monday also said that Biden is intending on running in 2024.
“To be clear, as the President has said repeatedly, he plans to run in 2024,” tweeted White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.
This tweet followed Ocasio-Cortez’s comments after she declined to say if she would support Biden’s potential re-election campaign.
“We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it,” Ocasio-Cortez said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“But I think if the president has a vision, and that’s something certainly we’re all willing to entertain and examine when the time comes.”
According to a Morning Consult poll currently, 39 percent of Americans gave their approval of Biden. This is lower by three months compared to what it was a month prior.
The president has had to handle both domestic and international issues, including the high inflation rates, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and a high number of mass shootings.