On Tuesday’s edition of “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” New York Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria “AOC” Ocasio-Cortez appears for an interview.
During the interview with host Stephen Colbert, the Democratic representative dodged questions about whether or not she will run for president in 2024 and whether or not President Joe Biden should seek reelection.
The interview comes on the back of doubts among Democrats that Biden, who would be close to 80 in 2024, could not emerge victorious in a re-election bid because not only his age that has come into question but also his dismal approval rating that reflects voters’ frustrations with his handling of skyrocketing inflation and gas prices.
Biden’s approval rating has gotten so low that it can’t even be measured, the fastest of any president in recent times.
In a recent poll, in 48 states, including his home state of Delaware and the normally deep-blue California, Biden has lower approval ratings than the national average. Only 11% of poll respondents, however, said whether they approved or disapproved of him.
No president in recent history has experienced such a dramatic and quick slide so early in office. Biden has a net approval of negative 25, the lowest since he was elected president, his approval rating has plummeted to 32 percent from 33 percent earlier in June and 34 percent in May. Biden’s approval rating dropped to 33% on June 8 according to a Quinnipiac survey, which was his lowest ever.
Furthermore, Biden is not doing well with independent voters also, who have become an increasingly important segment of the electorate in recent years. Among independent respondents, only 20% say they support Biden, compared to 67% who disapprove and 13% who are undecided.
“The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” host brought up those issues with AOC as more doubts have been raised, noting that many inside her own party share the same worries about Biden, despite that Biden revealed he would be up for reelection in 2024 and has also expressed his frustrations that his reelection bid is still a question.
Pointing to the frustration, as relayed by a New York Times report, Colbert said,
“You know, there’s some speculation as to whether President Biden is going to run in 2024. There’s some reports he’s a little frustrated that people keep asking, because he keeps on saying ‘yes,’ and people go, ‘Are you sure? Are you sure?’”
Colbert then pivoted to asking Ocasio-Cortez if she planned on running in 2024.
“You know, I know somebody who is going to turn 35 about a month before the election in 2024, and they represent New York’s 14th. Is that job appealing to you at all?” Colbert asked.
According to Fox News, the democratic representative “uncomfortably backed away” from the question.
“I think that-” Ocasio-Cortez started her answer before Colbert interjected, “Theoretically?”
The New York progressive shook her head in an apparent ‘no’ before stating that her primary focus is protecting democracy.
“Listen, I think that we need to focus on keeping a democracy for anybody to be president in the next couple of years. And that’s my central focus is helping the people of this country right now,” AOC responded.
Noticing that she hadn’t denied the possibility of running, Colbert insisted, “So it’s possible, it’s possible.” Ocasio-Cortez evaded the topic once more, adding, “I don’t know about any of that,” as she concurred with the host that he was stirring up trouble, as the host joked he was going to “get her in trouble.”
AOC: “During Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s attempt to restore the country, during the Great Depression, with the Green New Deal — not the Green New Deal, the New Deal, the New Deal. Anyways!” pic.twitter.com/fYwHbZQUNQ
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) June 29, 2022
However, this isn’t the first time Ocasio-Cortez has been questioned about her thoughts on Biden running in 2024.
Earlier in the month, Dana Bush of CNN also questioned AOC on her thoughts about a Biden 2024 bid, to which the New York Democrat responded, “We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.”