Senior House Democrats Urge Biden to End Reelection Bid After Debate Performance

Several senior House Democrats have called on President Joe Biden to end his reelection campaign following his recent debate performance, sources tell CBS News. Representatives Jerry Nadler, Mark Takano, Adam Smith, and Joe Morelle expressed their concerns during a Zoom meeting with House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries. Additionally, Reps. Jim Himes, Don Beyer, and Jamie Raskin voiced skepticism about Biden’s chances in the upcoming election. Despite initial reports, Beyer’s office reaffirmed his support for Biden, stating, “I support the Biden-Harris ticket and look forward to helping defeat Donald Trump in November.”

Rep. Susan Wild of Pennsylvania highlighted the diverse opinions within the Democratic Caucus, acknowledging widespread concerns about Biden’s electability. She emphasized the importance of confidential discussions within the party to address these issues constructively. Meanwhile, Rep. Richard Neal of Massachusetts defended Biden, citing his successful 2020 campaign against Trump and expressing confidence in his ability to win again in November. Neal stated, “Republicans are the biggest threat to the health of our democracy, our economy, and the people, and the President knows what’s at stake.”

Despite the mounting pressure, President Biden has remained resolute in his decision to stay in the race. In a recent interview with ABC News, Biden dismissed the idea of stepping down, asserting that party leaders would not ask him to withdraw. He reiterated his commitment to running, underscoring his extensive discussions with key Democratic leaders, including House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. As Biden continues his campaign, the focus remains on his support within Congress as lawmakers return from recess.

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