CNN’s Jake Tapper was stunned when a key 2020 delegate for Joe Biden said he may not support the Democrat president’s reelection in 2024.
DNC delegate Steve Shurtleff said he won’t back Biden if the Democratic Party replaces New Hampshire in the presidential primary process.
“If people think that it’s cold in New Hampshire right now, wait until Joe Biden goes there after he’s gotten rid of them as the first-in-the-nation primary,” Tapper said.
The CNN host then played a video of Shurtleff, a former New Hampshire House speaker, saying he won’t support Biden if the Democrats make changes to the process.
Shurtleff said: “I’ll look for another candidate before I support Joe Biden if he should go so far as to take away the first-in-the-nation primary from the Granite State.”
“That’s a Biden delegate,” Tapper warned.
CNN Analyst Leigh Ann Caldwell said:
“Two New Hampshire senators didn’t go to a party at the White House because they were so mad at President Biden about this.
“People in New Hampshire, politicos are saying it is going jeopardize him winning the general election in 2024 should he run again.
“New Hampshire’s taking this very, very personally.”
The Democratic Party on Saturday approved the reordering of its 2024 presidential primary, replacing Iowa with South Carolina in the leadoff spot as part of a major shake-up meant to empower Black and other minority voters critical to its base of support.
Although changes are still possible throughout the summer and beyond, the formal endorsement by the Democratic National Committee during its meeting in Philadelphia is an acknowledgement that the start of the 2024 primary will look very different from the one in 2020.
States with early contests have a major influence in determining the nominee because White House hopefuls struggling to raise money or gain political traction often drop out before visiting states outside the first five.
The new plan has been championed by President Joe Biden, who is expected to formally announce his reelection campaign in the coming months.
The reconfiguring would have South Carolina hold its primary on Feb. 3, followed three days later by New Hampshire and Nevada, which is swapping the caucus it used to hold in favor of a primary.
Georgia would vote fourth on Feb. 13, followed by Michigan on Feb. 27, with much of the rest of the nation set to vote on Super Tuesday in early March.
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