Progressive MP Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) has endorsed President Biden’s candidacy for a second term in 2024.
“He wasn’t my first or second choice as president, but I’m a convert,” Jayapal, the chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, told Politico on Monday.
“I never thought I would say that, but I believe he should run for another term and finish this agenda that we have set,” she added.
Jayapal, who was re-elected to her fourth term in Congress on Nov. 8, backed progressive faction member Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) over Biden back in 2020.
But the 57-year-old lawmaker has praised Biden’s “bold” agenda goals dating back to his first year in office, strongly supported his “progressive” presidency and gave him an “A” grade at the time.
“President Biden has risen to this day and I truly give him an ‘A’ for what he has done so far. It was bold, it was progressive, it was what the country needs,” she said back in May 2021, raving about Biden’s trillions of dollars in planned spending at the time.
Jayapal, who Politico says is a frequent liaison with the White House, said Monday that the 80-year-old president understands that “progressive issues are popular.”
“What the president understands is that you need that progressive grassroots — young people, people of color — and that progressive issues are popular,” Jayapal said. “Whoever is in the White House should understand that because it’s now a fundamental principle of how to win elections.”
Jayapal’s enthusiasm for another Biden term in the White House stands in stark contrast to many other Democrats who believe a fresh face is needed at the top of the 2024 Democratic ticket.
A USA Today/Ipsos poll released Sunday found that 50% of Democratic voters say Biden should be the party’s nominee in 2024 and deserves re-election.
Two-thirds of voters in an NBC News exit poll on Election Day said they didn’t want Biden on the ballot in 2024.
The progressive group RootsAction, a grassroots organization that supported Sanders in 2020, also launched a “Don’t Run Joe” campaign targeting Democratic voters in New Hampshire the day after the midterm elections.
“Clearly, Joe Biden should not be the party’s 2024 presidential nominee,” the progressive group said in a Nov. 9 press release.
Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), outgoing Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY), Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D -NY). -NY) are among numerous Democratic lawmakers who have been reluctant to support a second term for Biden in the White House.