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Hillary Clinton to back Biden if he runs in 2024

Clinton made her comments amid speculation on the president's prospective reelection campaign

July 1, 2022 5:39pm

Updated: July 1, 2022 6:00pm

Former Secretary of State Hillary on Wednesday said she would back President Joe Biden should he seek reelection in 2024.

“I would endorse our sitting president, yes, of course,” Clinton told Yamiche Alcindor of NBC, according to The Hill.

“Let’s go with the person most likely to win. Joe Biden beat in a huge landslide victory in the popular vote Donald Trump [sic]," she said to Alcindor in a clip that aired Thursday on "Andrea Mitchell Reports."

An Emerson College poll conducted in late June showed former President Donald Trump leading his incumbent rival 45%-39% in a hypothetical 2024 rematch. Neither Trump nor Biden have formally announced their candidacy for president in 2024, though Biden has explicitly stated he intends to run again.

Clinton, still a major voice within the Democratic Party, made her comments amid speculation on the president's prospective reelection campaign, with his age and current approval ratings fueling discussion of alternative candidates.

Biden, at 79, is the oldest U.S. president in history. His current approval rating average, according to RCP, stands at 38.4% while his average disapproval comes in at 56.9%. Nevertheless, 64% of Democrats said he should be the party's 2024 nominee in the Emerson College poll.

Dragging down Biden's approval ratings are rising inflation figures, a beleaguered stock market, record high gas prices, a porous southern border witnessing record illegal migrant crossings, international disappointment over the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021, and the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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