During the House Democratic Caucus Issues Conference retreat in Baltimore, Democratic lawmakers expressed support for President Biden who is widely expected to be preparing to launch his 2024 presidential campaign. While Biden has not yet announced his final decision regarding 2024, he has repeatedly reiterated his intention to run for the White House again.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), the chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus who during the 2020 Democratic primary had endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), stated that she would prefer to see Biden announce his election campaign “sooner.” During another point of the retreat, she added that it had not been surprising that Biden had not been her first choice in the 2020 Democratic primary. However, she continued to say that the CPC, the President, and his administration have established a “strong partnership.”
Last week, first lady Jill Biden told the Associated Press that the only thing left for her husband to announce his presidential campaign was for him to schedule the announcement event. The President also stated recently that there was a “lot of unfinished business” that they needed to take care of during a visit with House Democrats.
Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Calif.), the No. 3 House Democrat, also noted on Thursday during the event that Biden was the strongest candidate the Democrats have and that he ought to run. He further noted that so far Biden has been able to deliver a win in congress and that he would continue to have the “support of the House Democratic Caucus.”