Democratic rep says 'off the record' that Biden is 'not running again'

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Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), who has represented parts of New York City since 1993, said in an interview with The New York Times editorial board published Saturday that President Biden is "not running again" in 2024.

During the exchange that preceded the question about Biden, the 76-year-old congresswoman seemed to become confused. "Should there be term limits for members of Congress?" editorial board member Eleanor Randolph asked Maloney.

"No," Maloney said.

"Should there be an age limit for members of Congress?" Randolph asked next.

"Members of Congress have a term limit. It's called an election every two years," Maloney answered, apparently responding to the previous question.

The exchange about Biden began when Randolph asked Maloney whether Biden should run for a second term. "Off the record, he's not running again," Maloney said. She did not specify how she knew Biden would not seek a second term in 2024.

"Not off the record. On the record," journalist Jyoti Thottam insisted. According to the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, journalistic ethics stipulate that a source cannot unilaterally go off the record. The reporter must agree.

"On the record? No, he should not run again," Maloney said in response to Thottam's prompting.

On Saturday, the Times editorial board endorsed Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) in his primary contest against Maloney. Nadler has served in Congress since 1992 and was pitted against Maloney due to redistricting.

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