Miami mayor on possible White House bid: I think people are 'thirsting' for a 'next-generation candidate'

Miami mayor on possible White House bid: I think people are 'thirsting' for a 'next-generation candidate'
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Miami Mayor Francis SuarezFrancis SuarezHillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Congress makes technology policy moves Miami mayor wants to pay city workers with bitcoin Miami mayoral candidate arrested, accused of impersonating police officer MORE (R) isn’t ruling out a potential presidential bid, saying he believes Americans are “thirsting” for a new generation of leadership in the White House.

Asked in an interview on “The Carlos Watson Show” set to air Wednesday whether he would run for president, Suarez said that the prospects of a White House bid have become “more possible” since the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the stature that big-city mayors have gained. 

“I’ll say this, the mayoral position – because of COVID, because of the 24-hour news cycle, because of social media – it’s been elevated,” Suarez told Watson, the co-founder and CEO of the media company OZY. 

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“People know national mayors a lot more than they did, you know, a generation ago, and so I think it becomes more possible,” he added.

Suarez, 42, also said there’s an appetite among Americans for a new generation of leadership in Washington. President BidenJoe BidenPressure grows for breakthrough in Biden agenda talks State school board leaves national association saying they called parents domestic terrorists Sunday shows preview: Supply chain crisis threaten holiday sales; uncertainty over whether US can sustain nationwide downward trend in COVID-19 cases MORE, 78, became the oldest person to be sworn into the White House in January, while his predecessor, former President TrumpDonald TrumpMcAuliffe takes tougher stance on Democrats in Washington Democrats troll Trump over Virginia governor's race Tom Glavine, Ric Flair, Doug Flutie to join Trump for Herschel Walker event MORE, was 70 when he took office, making him the second oldest. 

“I’ll be honest with you, I actually think the American people would want to see someone that’s a next-generation candidate, whether it’s me or someone else,” Suarez told Watson. “I really do think that people are thirsting for that.”

Suarez, the son of former Miami Mayor Xavier Suarez, has attracted national attention over the past year, stoking speculation about his future political ambitions. He met with former United Nations Ambassador Nikki HaleyNikki HaleyUS rejoins UN Human Rights Council, reversing Trump exit Smarkets betting site makes Trump favorite in 2024 Nikki Haley gets lifetime post on Clemson Board of Trustees MORE in April — a sit down that was reportedly intended to vet Suarez’s interest as a potential running mate in 2024.

The Miami mayor has also been critical at times of other Republican heavyweights, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisThe CDC's Title 42 order fuels racism and undermines public health Chicago sues police union over refusal to comply with vaccine mandate Crist says as Florida governor he would legalize marijuana, expunge criminal records MORE and Trump, both of whom are also believed to be eyeing presidential runs in 2024.