Democratic Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan stated Monday that Joe Biden shouldn’t campaign for the presidency in 2024, reiterating his previous comments, and contributing to a growing coalition of Democrats who are calling for “change” in leadership.
“I’ve been very clear. I’d like to see a generational change,” Ryan said at a Monday night debate for the Ohio Senate against Republican candidate J.D. Vance.
“Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump, the president, everybody,” the Senate candidate added. “We need a new generation of leadership.” (RELATED: We Asked All 50 Democratic Senators If They Would Endorse Biden In 2024. Only 5 Said ‘Yes’)
Biden has repeatedly stated that he will run in 2024, most recently telling Rev. Al Sharpton that he’s “going to” run, despite a recent poll from ABC News and the Washington Post indicating that only 35% of Democrat-registered and Democrat-leaning independent respondents want Biden to seek reelection.
Mod: Do you want Joe Biden to run again in 2024?
Tim Ryan: No I’ve been very clear
— Michael Ginsberg (@mikeginsberg98) October 10, 2022
Ryan, who ran against Biden in the 2020 election, is one of three incumbent Democratic representatives who have urged Biden not to seek a second term. Democratic Minnesota Reps. Angie Craig and Dean Phillips have both stated that the country needs a “new generation” of Democrats.
Democratic Michigan Rep. Elissa Slotkin also said Sunday that although she wants a “new generation” of leadership, she would support Biden if he ran.
“I have been very vocal, including with my own leadership in the House, that we need a new generation. We need new blood, period, across the Democratic Party — in the House, the Senate and the White House. I think that the country has been saying that,” Slotkin said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Ryan initially called for “generational change” in September when he voiced opposition to a second Biden term. (RELATED: Dem Senate Candidate Tim Ryan Says He Wants ‘New Leaders’ Instead Of Biden In 2024)
“The environment politically across the country is poisonous, and people I think want some change,” Ryan said. “It’s important for us, in both parties, these leaders who have been around for a while, I think it’s time for some generational change.”