A Democratic congresswoman is flatly rejecting the current leadership in her party, and that includes the president himself.
Rep. Elissa Slotkin of Michigan refused on Sunday to endorse Joe Biden for president in 2024 and added that her party needs “new blood.”
Appearing on NBC’s “Meet The Press” Sunday, guest host Kristen Welker asked Slotkin about her support for the president amid questions about Biden’s 2024 plans.
“I have been very vocal, including with my own leadership in the House, that we need a new generation and we need new blood, period, across the Democratic Party, in the House, the Senate, and the White House,” Slotkin responded. “I think that the country has been saying that.”
Nevertheless, Slotkin noted further: “He’s the sitting president. If he decides to run again, I’m going to support him, the party’s going to support him. That has a long history in our country.”
WATCH: When asked whether she'd support Biden in 2024, @RepSlotkin (D-Mich.) brings up the need for "new blood" in the Democratic Party.
"If the sitting president decides to run, we are going to support him. … But I think we need new leaders." pic.twitter.com/ODtPkLbA7e
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) October 9, 2022
The Daily Wire added:
Biden, 79, would be the oldest person re-elected as president if he were to win another term in 2024, starting the second term at 82 years old. Since taking office, questions regarding Biden’s cognitive health have been growing. Last month, he raised eyebrows when asked whether he would run again, saying it was his intention, but that it “remains to be seen.”
The oldest serving member of Congress is Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), at 89 years old, while the eldest member of the House is Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), at 86. Both women were first elected in 1992.
Slotkin, in her interview, said that she was one of a small group of Democrats who refused to support Nancy Pelosi for Speaker.
“I would love to see new leaders. I would love to see some midwestern leaders in there, right? That’s been important to me, is, reflect the middle of the country, we’re here too. But, I do think new blood is a good thing,” she said.
Slotkin is being challenged by Republican Tom Barrett, “who currently serves as a Michigan state Senator, for the newly drawn 7th District. Slotkin currently represents Michigan’s 8th congressional district,” The Daily Wire added.