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Tlaib punts question about her support for Biden’s re-election

The Michigan congresswoman spoke at a press conference outside the U.S. Capitol to demand that the president call for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) speaks in support of the “No Muslim Ban” bill during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 26, 2023. Credit: Phil Pasquini/Shutterstock.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) speaks in support of the “No Muslim Ban” bill during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 26, 2023. Credit: Phil Pasquini/Shutterstock.

Keeping up with her promotion of a campaign for Michigan Democratic primary voters to cast their ballots as “uncommitted” rather than punch their cards for U.S. President Joe Biden, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) dodged a reporter’s question asking whether or not she intends to support his candidacy in the 2024 presidential election.

At a Feb. 29 press conference outside the U.S. Capitol building calling for an immediate ceasefire to end Israel’s war against the Hamas terrorist organization in the Gaza Strip, a journalist asked the member of the progressive “Squad” in the U.S. House of Representatives: “Will you vote for President Biden in November?”

Tlaib responded with “Thank you very much, y’all. Thank you,” before walking away from the podium.

Before brushing off the press, Tlaib urged people to focus on down-ballot candidates and domestic issues rather than the November contest.

“Everybody’s always driven by what’s on top of the ballot, and there’s so many folks on that ballot, many of which support a ceasefire. Folks that have been working on rents too damn high in Michigan, making water human right in Michigan and all of those things,” she said. “To think of that ballot as a way to speak that truth of what you believe in and not always think about that top of that ticket.”

Others in attendance at the press event included Tlaib’s far-left allies Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.), Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.). Bush said, “We, the United States, have a moral obligation to use our immense power to stop the Israeli government’s plans to invade Rafah.”

Tlaib was the lone representative to vote “present” at a Feb. 14 vote to condemn Hamas’s systemic use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.

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