James Clyburn Says Biden Is ‘Exactly What We Need’

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Brianna Lyman News and Commentary Writer
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House Majority Whip James Clyburn said Monday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that President Joe Biden is “exactly” what the country needs in 2024.

Host Joe Scarborough asked Clyburn whether the election results will make Republicans “rethink their Trumpism” and divert from what he described as the “anti-Democratic path they’ve taken over the last couple of years to be election deniers and to throw American democracy and our voting system into doubt?”

Clyburn said he hoped so but that some of his friends told him they favored Biden regardless.

“They were saying to me, ‘I like Joe Biden’s agenda, but I think his approach needs to be beefed up a bit, needs to be a little more in your face.’ Joe Biden’s approach and agenda were exactly the things that we needed in this country and that’s what people voted for. People voted for this country’s greatness,” Clyburn said.

“We are a great country. We are good people and people voted to maintain both their goodness and their greatness. I think Joe Biden is exactly what we needed. Back 10 years ago I said that. I said, ‘We know Joe, but most importantly Joe knows us,’ and I think he’s what we need for 2024 as well.”

Clyburn was initially reluctant to support a 2024 bid for Biden, refusing to say Tuesday whether “anybody should run in 2024,” according to Fox News.

Clyburn isn’t the only Democratic leader who has expressed support for a potential 2024 Biden bid. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that Biden should run for reelection because he’s “accomplished so much.” (RELATED: Chris Christie Warns GOP Will Never Win An Election Without Wisconsin, Michigan And Pennsylvania)

“Biden has been a great president for our country. He has accomplished so much, over 10 million jobs under his leadership — working with the private sector of course. He has done so many things that are so great that we’d need a lot more show to tell it, but he’s put money in people’s pockets, vaccines in their arms, children back to school, people back to work, for starters.”