The New York Democrat was pressed on the issue by CNN State of the Union host Dana Bash however she declined to answer. “He is saying he’s going to run again in 2024. Will you support him?” Bash asked.
“I’m focused on winning this majority right now and preserving a majority this year and 2022. So we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “But I think if the president has a vision, and that’s something, certainly, we’re all willing to entertain and examine when the time comes.”
“That’s not a yes,” Bash responded.
Ocasio-Cortez did say that she thinks Biden is doing a good job. “I think we should endorse when we get to it… but I believe that the president has been doing a very good job so far. And, you know, should he run again, I think that I, you know, I think it’s — we’ll take a look at it. Right now. We need to focus on winning a majority instead of a presidential election,” she said.
However, she did send out a warning to the Biden administration stressing that it needed to do more to improve the lives of ordinary Americans and boost voter enthusiasm ahead of a midterm election cycle where Republicans are favored to make gains.
“If the president does pursue and start to govern decisively using executive action and other tools at his disposal, I think we’re in the game,” she said at the time. “But if we decide to just kind of sit back for the rest of the year and not change people’s lives, yeah, I do think we’re in trouble.”
Ocasio-Cortez told Bash the endorsement was needed to bring more millennials into Congress, not to further divide Democrats.
“I don’t believe if we get elected once to Congress, we should be elected in perpetuity,” she said. “Our party is changing, our party is dynamic. And right now, millennials are deeply underrepresented in Congress compared to Baby Boomers and Gen Xers back when they were our age, frankly. At the end of the day, we need to have a generational shift in the United States Congress to have a policy shift in the United States Congress.”
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