Schumer dodges question on whether Biden should run in 2024: ‘I’m not focusing on that’

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., dodged a question about whether he believes President Biden should run in 2024.

Schumer said he was “not focusing” on the 2024 election when asked about the topic during a Thursday radio interview, adding that Democrats should focus instead on the upcoming 2022 midterm elections.

“I don’t focus on that,” Schumer told SiriusXM show host Joe Madison. “If we get a few more seats in the Senate — right now, if the election were held today, we’d pick up a few seats.”

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“We’re doing great,” Schumer added.

Schumer said Democrats could pick up seats in Ohio, Pennsylvania and other battleground states.

The top Democrat in the Senate said that if he “got two or three more seats” in the next election, the inflation-reduction bill the Senate just passed “would be nothing.”

“We would get child care, we would get paid family leave, we would help with senior home care,” Schumer said. “We would get the kinds of things that Joe Manchin opposed and we couldn’t do in this bill.”

Schumer called on Democrats to “focus on the 2022 election” and to now put to bed the burning question of Biden’s future in 2024.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., dodged a question about whether President Biden should run in 2024.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., dodged a question about whether President Biden should run in 2024.
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That may be easier said than done, as the first midterm election in a president’s inaugural term is often a referendum on him and his policies.

It is likely that the House will shift to Republican control in the midterm elections this fall.

The Senate is more up in the air in terms of flipping – initially, Republicans were thought to have both chambers locked down, albeit by a thin margin in the Senate.

However, some GOP candidates in key states are not yet performing as well as the party had hoped

President Joe Biden's campaign future is the subject of debate among politicians.

President Joe Biden’s campaign future is the subject of debate among politicians.
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One such race is the contest between Democratic Pennsylvania Lt. John Fetterman and Dr. Mehmet Oz, running as a Republican.

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Right now, Fetterman is the favorite with a significant lead in the polls, but the Keystone State’s purple hue doesn’t guarantee the lead will last, especially since Biden’s approval rating is national.

According to a New York Times poll in July, 64% of Democrats want Biden to sit out in 2024 as his approval rating continues to fall.

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