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Pelosi noncommittal on Biden’s 2024 bid, says ‘time is running short’ to find replacement
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Pelosi noncommittal on Biden’s 2024 bid, says ‘time is running short’ to find replacement

By Social Links forJosh Christenson

House Speaker emerita Nancy Pelosi remained noncommittal in a Wednesday interview about President Biden’s candidacy, saying that “ time is running short ” to find a replacement Democratic nominee.

“It’s up to the president to decide if he is going to run,” Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” after praising the 81-year-old president’s “spectacular” performance during his speech at the NATO summit in Washington, DC.

“We’re all encouraging him to make that decision because time is running short,” she added. “It’s not for me to say, I’m not the head of the caucus anymore, but he’s beloved, he is respected, and people want him to make that decision.”

Biden already sent a stern letter to lawmakers Monday morning that left no doubt he was “firmly committed” to staying in the 2024 race.

When MSNBC co-host Jonathan Lemire pointed this out to Pelosi, who is three years older than Biden, the former House speaker responded: “I want him to do whatever he decides to do.”

“Whatever he decides, we go with,” she said before pivoting, “And I’ve said to everyone, let’s just hold off whatever you’re thinking. Either tell somebody privately, but you don’t have to put that out on the table until we see how we go this week. But I’m very proud of the president.”

Pelosi tried to walk back the remarks hours later when  confronted by a CBS News reporter  outside her congressional office.

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“I think the president is great, and there are some misrepresentations of what I have said,” she responded, before taking a swipe at the New York Times.

“I never said he should reconsider. The decision is the president’s,” Pelosi added. “I don’t know what’s happened in the New York Times that they make up news. But if that’s why you’re here it isn’t true.”

House Democrats huddled in a closed-door caucus meeting on Tuesday morning at Democratic National Committee headquarters  to discuss their party leader’s future  following Biden’s  disastrous debate performance  against former President Donald Trump on June 27.

In another MSNBC interview after the president’s freeze-ups and incoherent answers during the verbal scuffle, Pelosi  questioned  whether it was “an episode” or “a condition” for Biden.

“Both candidates owe whatever test you want to put them to, in terms of their mental acuity and their health,” she said on the network last week, suggesting both Trump and Biden needed cognitive testing of some sort.

In a notable turn,  one of four high-ranking House Democrats  who had privately agitated against Biden’s re-election campaign this weekend reversed course to issue a public statement of tepid support before the meeting.

“At this point, he’s the best candidate — he’s the only candidate,” said Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY).

After the caucus meeting, senior party lawmakers were  united in their support for Biden  — despite a handful of holdouts standing by their assessment that he would drag down the Democratic ticket.

“We’re riding with Biden,” proclaimed Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC), a congressional confidante of the president.

Several swing-state Democrats nervous about competitive races had a vent session before the meeting that resulted in “actual tears,” one lawmaker  spilled to Axios  on Tuesday, and a recognition that Biden would “stay in — which sucks for our country.”

“As someone who wanted the reckoning and is really disappointed that it’s over, trust me: it’s over,” another House Democrat told the outlet.

Only seven Democratic members of Congress have come out against the oldest-ever president, urging their party to reconsider before a potentially disastrous electoral outcome up and down the ballot in November.