Pritzker throws support behind Biden’s re-election as rumors swirl about his own White House bid

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Amid rumors in Democratic circles that Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker will throw his sizable hat into the 2024 presidential ring, he asserted on Sunday that he would support President Biden if he decides to run for re-election.

The act of fealty comes as Democrats are increasingly criticizing Biden for not lurching even further to the left following his response to the Supreme Court’s overturning Roe vs. Wade, returning the legality of abortion to the states.

Pritzker is positioning Illinois as a proclaimed “oasis” for women’s reproductive rights. He is declaring that “there’s more that we need to do,” which is red meat to the Democratic base.

“I must say the federal government should be doing more. I’ve talked to the president about this. He took some action in that regard with some executive orders the other day. But Democrats need to be pushing for a national law that protects reproductive rights across the nation,” Pritzker told CNN host Jake Tapper, seemingly laying the groundwork for his own political ascension.

As Crain’s Chicago Business put it, “For a guy who insists he isn’t testing the presidential waters, Gov. J.B. Pritzker sure is diving into the pool a lot lately.”

Pritzker is evidently the pied piper for women seeking to get an abortion, calling them to his state after others are ending or curtailing the practice.

“This should be a right that is [a] constitutional right and it should be a right that’s protected across the nation. So yeah, there’s more that needs to be done. And I know the president knows that” Pritzker intoned.

The White House has its fur up over activists criticizing the administration for not responding forcefully enough in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling, claiming that progressives “have been consistently out of step” with the Democratic Party.

“Joe Biden’s goal in responding to Dobbs is not to satisfy some activists who have been consistently out of step with the mainstream of the Democratic Party,” Kate Bedingfield, the White House’s soon-to-be-former communications director noted on Wednesday angering Biden’s base. “It’s to deliver help to women who are in danger and assemble a broad-based coalition to defend a woman’s right to choose now, just as he assembled such a coalition to win during the 2020 campaign.”

Tapper went on to ask Pritzker if he thought Biden should declare a state of emergency following the overturning of Roe vs. Wade.

“There’s no doubt it is an emergency for women all across the nation. You know, seeking to protect, to exercise your reproductive rights should not be something that is difficult to do. It should not be something where if you can’t afford it, you may not be able to actually access it,” he contended in true political fashion without actually answering the question.

Pritzker, Gov. Phil Murphy (D-NJ), and Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) currently seem to lead the Democratic pack for those considering a run for the presidency in 2024.

“If Joe Biden runs for reelection, which he says he is expected to do, will you support him?” Tapper asked Pritzker.

“I will,” the governor responded.

With Biden’s advanced age and obvious lack of cognitive ability, Democrats are desperately looking for someone who can take his place if necessary and that definitely won’t be an even more unpopular Vice President Kamala Harris. Biden’s approval numbers continue to crater as inflation sets the nation on fire and woke politics rips at the fabric of the Republic.

Real Clear Politics is reporting that a New York Times/Siena poll shows Biden’s approval rating at a gob-smacking 33 percent with 60 percent disapproving. For the first time, the president’s approval rating is more than 20 points below his disapproval rating. That takes real effort.

The New York Times reported in June that many Democratic lawmakers view Biden as “an anchor that should be cut loose in 2024” while the party preps for a potential bloodbath in the midterms.

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