A recent CNN poll found 75 percent of Democrats said they did not want President Joe Biden to run for re-election in 2024. The Delaware Valley’s state Sen. Katie Muth apparently is one of them.
Asked about the prospect of another Biden run Muth replied: “He wasn’t my Democratic candidate of choice. I’d like to see what my options are.”
The exchange was caught on videotape, along with other Pennsylvania Democrats declining to answer questions about their support for a Biden 2024 campaign and distributed by a Republican group.
It is no secret progressives like Muth (D-Chester/Montgomery) have been less-than-thrilled with Biden’s performance, and polls show most voters agree. In the Gallup poll released last week, Biden’s approval hit a new low with just 38 percent job approval. That was down from 57 percent approval in January 2021.
In the video, released by the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC), Radnor Township Commissioner Lisa Borowski, who is running against incumbent state Rep. Chris Quinn (R-Media), scurried away as she is asked whether she would support Biden if he runs again.
And Allegheny County Democratic state Sen, Lindsey Williams also walked off without responding.
Neither Borowski nor Muth responded to requests for comment.
“Joe Biden’s agenda has devastated Pennsylvania’s economy, and Pennsylvania state Democrats have been in lockstep with his policies at every turn,” said RSLC Deputy Communications Director Mason Di Palma. “It’s too little too late for these candidates to try to separate themselves from the president’s failing policies, and Pennsylvanians will see right through their pathetic attempts to save their seats.”
Previously, DVJournal reported Delaware Valley Democrats, including Muth, declined to answer when asked whether they would want the unpopular president to come and campaign with them.
It is a sensitive issue for Democrats. During a debate on Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) dismissed the 2024 question saying she did not believe the 79-year-old Biden would run again. Less than 24 hours later, and after pressure from the White House, the veteran Congressional Democrat took to CNN to offer a complete mea culpa.
“Mr. President, I apologize. I want you to run,” Maloney said, looking into the TV camera. “I happen to think you won’t be running, but when you run or if you run, I will be there 100 percent. You have deserved it. You are a great president and thank you for everything you’ve done for my state, and all the states, and all the cities in America. Thank you, Mr. President.”
A writer at the progressive website Mother Jones called it a display of “frightened fealty, wrapped in a groveling non-apology.”
Muth and Maloney are hardly alone. Axios has launched a tracker on the Biden 2024 question and Democrats who dodge it, featuring two prominent names from Pennsylvania politics: U.S. Senate candidate Lt. Gov. John Fetterman and candidate for governor Attorney General Josh Shapiro.
With the inflation rate rising to 9.1 percent in June, the highest in 40 years, Democrats are in a quandary because many experts link the increasingly high cost of living to the Democrat-backed surge in government spending. A recent study showed inflation will cost families $4,400 this year.
Republican consultant Charlie O’Neill said, “Democrats and Republicans seem to have one thing in common these days. Both can’t stand Joe Biden.
“But unfortunately, Sen. Muth and the rest of the Democrat Party did nominate, vote for, and continue to support Biden’s far-left policies,” said O’Neill. “Muth and Democrats own the out-of-touch and out-of-control spending, which has led to a recession. Even after billions of dollars in federal infrastructure promises and one of the nation’s highest gas taxes, bridges are collapsing, and potholes remain unfilled. It’s not just a Biden problem; it’s the entire extremist Democrat Party.”