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Hundreds of high-profile Republicans broke party lines to endorse Joe Biden in 2020, arguing that another four years of then-President Donald Trump would harm the country.
Now that President Biden says he plans to run for reelection in 2024, Insider reached 10 of them and asked: will you endorse Biden again?
Their answers ranged from an unequivocal “yes” to several flavors of “we’ll wait and see.” Here’s what each said:
Former Rep. Susan Molinari
Molinari, who represented New York’s Staten Island in the US House during the 1990s, said her Biden endorsement in 2020 wasn’t just about her “overwhelming concerns” about Trump. She endorsed Biden in large part because he is an “exceptional human being.”
She isn’t eyeing any moderate Republicans to replace Biden, either.
“He’s obviously still early in the term but … he will still be that man of compassion and outreach and leadership in four years, so I don’t anticipate that anything will change,” Molinari, who was among four Republicans featured at the Democratic National Convention, said during a recent phone interview.
Asked whether she would endorse him in 2024, she said, “yes.”
Molinari credited Biden with assembling an “incredibly diverse cabinet,” prioritizing vaccinations and focusing on infrastructure, clean energy and building an experienced cybersecurity team.
“I can’t comment on, you know, taxes, and all those things they have to work out, but … he clearly is moving quickly, and decisively and, you know, fulfilling a lot of the promises he made during the campaign,” she said.
Biden has proven himself, despite Trump’s critiques, to be “sharp” and “decisive.” (During the campaign, Trump tried to tag Biden with the nickname “Sleepy Joe.”)
“I don’t think there’s anything that anybody could point to and say, ‘Oh, he’s just way too old to do this,'” she said.
Former Rep. Bob Inglis
Inglis, who represented South Carolina’s 4th Congressional District for six terms, is in no hurry to pick a 2024 presidential candidate.
“Way too early to talk about 2024. He’s been in office only a bit over 2 months!” Inglis told Insider in an email.
When he endorsed Biden over Trump last year, Inglis praised Biden’s empathy and ability to bring the country together.
“I want my party back, and Joe Biden is actually closer to that than Donald Trump,” he told The Post and Courier last year.
The newspaper noted he was the first GOP former member of Congress from the state to publicly back Biden.
Former New Jersey Gov. Christie Todd Whitman
Whitman, a lifelong Republican who also served as President George W. Bush’s Environmental Protection Agency administrator, is one of four Republicans featured at the 2020 Democratic National Convention.
Reached via a spokeswoman, Whitman said it’s “far too early” to consider a 2024 endorsement for the Democratic president. But she did heap some praise on Biden.
“It’s far too early to think about an endorsement for 2024, but I have been impressed with the President’s cabinet picks and his focus on getting the economy back on track by getting control of the virus,” Whitman said in an email.
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Source:: Business Insider
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