Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) sat down for an interview with KSDK St. Louis political editor Mark Maxwell on Monday that came to an abrupt end when he asked her if she wants to see Joe Biden run for a second term in the White House.
As soon as the question was asked, an off-screen aide said, “She’s got to go,” as Bush looked momentarily confused.
She then added before leaving, “I mean, he’s the president. He has the right to run for a second term, absolutely. But I don’t want to, I’d rather you not ask that question.”
The awkward interview came as speculation is growing about whether Biden might run again or if his party wants him to. He is facing media scrutiny not seen before about his age, mental condition, and job performance.
RealClearPolitics reported that as of Wednesday, Biden’s approval rating sits at an average among analyzed surveys of 37.2%, reaching its lowest point to date.
Biden is now less popular among Americans than President Donald Trump was at the height of the Russia investigation into his campaign. Biden’s approval fell below a majority of Americans in August 2021 when he ordered the catastrophic withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Afghanistan. His approval rating has continued its downward slide since.
As Americans face ongoing economic hardship amid surging gas, energy, and food prices and the immediate threat of a forced recognition of the recession that has already been afflicting domestic production, Democrats are beginning to explore other options for 2024.
As a key early primary state, New Hampshire is always closely monitored by pollsters. A new poll published Tuesday by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center says that only one out of five likely 2024 Democratic primary voters in the state say they want Biden to run for a second White House term.
When asked to choose from a list of prospective Democratic candidates, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg got the most support at 17%. That low total shows just how fractured the Democratic base appears to be currently.
Biden finished second in the New Hampshire poll at 16%. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Vice President Kamala Harris all followed behind at 10% or less.