Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney said 'off the record' that Biden is not running for re-election in 2024

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Rep. Carolyn Maloney and President Joe Biden.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney and President Joe Biden.Drew Angerer/Getty Images and Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
  • Rep. Carolyn Maloney was asked by The New York Times whether President Biden should run again.

  • "Off the record, he's not running again," Maloney told the newspaper during a candidate interview.

  • Maloney is locked in a tough intraparty primary with Rep. Jerrold Nadler and attorney Suraj Patel.

A leading House Democrat told The New York Times in an interview published Saturday that President Joe Biden is not running for re-election in 2024 — appearing to give an "off the record" remark to the publication.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York, who is running for re-election in the city's 12th Congressional district, was asked by The Editorial Board about whether Biden should seek re-election.

"Off the record, he's not running again," Maloney, the chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, said during the interview, which was conducted on August 1.

"Not off the record. On the record," Times editorials editor Jyoti Thottam said.

"On the record?" Maloney responded. "No, he should not run again."

A spokesperson for Maloney did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment on Saturday.

Earlier this month, Maloney said during a debate that she didn't think Biden would run again in 2024.

"I don't believe he's running for reelection," the congresswoman said at the time.

However, she walked back her statement shortly after the debate.

"I will absolutely support President Biden, if he decides to run for re-election," Maloney tweeted. "Biden's leadership securing historic investments for healthcare, climate & economic justice prove once again why he is the strong and effective leader we need right now."

Maloney is on the August 23 Democratic primary ballot for New York's 12th Congressional District, where she is facing off against Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the chairman of the powerful House Judiciary Committee, and Suraj Patel, an attorney who narrowly lost to Maloney in the 2020 Democratic primary.

Nadler served the city's 10th congressional district, but redrawn congressional maps have pitted Nadler against Maloney. Both have served in the House since the early 1990s.

Nadler has also deflected the question about Biden's future.

"Too early to say," he said during a debate. "Doesn't serve the purpose of the Democratic Party, to deal with that until after the midterms."

During another debate earlier this week, both Maloney and Nadler expressed support for a 2024 Biden campaign.

Patel on Saturday criticized his primary opponents for their previous statements about Biden.

"Unlike @JerryNadler & @CarolynBMaloney, I'm literally the only candidate in this race, in a Democratic primary who didn't snub Biden or throw @POTUS under the bus multiple times this campaign," he tweeted. "It may not matter to the elite, but damn it energizes voters, especially of color."

Bloomberg reported this week that Biden was eyeing a reelection launch after the November elections.

This story has been updated.

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