WASHINGTON (NEWSnet/AP) — Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday “it’s up to the president to decide” if he should stay in the 2024 race despite President Joe Biden’s insistence he is still running for re-election.

“We’re all encouraging him to make that decision because time is running short,” Pelosi said Wednesday on MSNBC.

Pelosi's comments will be viewed as important for the party’s direction as they weigh possible alternatives in the campaign against Republican Donald Trump. Because of her powerful position as the former House speaker and proximity to Biden as a trusted longtime ally, Pelosi is seen as one of the few Democratic leaders who could have influence on the president’s thinking.

Pressed on whether she personally wants Biden to stay on the top of the ticket as he has defiantly said he is staying in the race, Pelosi said, “I want him to do whatever he decides to do.”

The lack of a full statement from Pelosi backing Biden’s continued campaign is what lawmakers are likely to hear most, suggesting that despite the president’s vow he is not stepping aside, his party still has questions about his candidacy and whether he is the best choice to confront Trump.

Democrats have been reeling over the question of whether to continue backing Biden after his showing in the June 27 presidential debate with Trump.

House and Senate Democrats met privately Tuesday, their first group meetings back in Washington since the debate.

While seven House Democrats have publicly called on Biden to end his candidacy, no Senate Democrats have gone that far. 

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