US Congress Democrats to debate subsequent steps as Biden vows to combat on

Jul 9, 2024 | blog

By Richard Cowan, David Morgan and Moira Warburton

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats within the U.S. Congress have been resulting from huddle behind closed doorways on Tuesday amid mounting fears about their prospects within the Nov. 5 election, after President Joe Biden defiantly rejected calls by some in his get together to finish his marketing campaign.

While only a half-dozen House of Representatives Democrats have publicly referred to as for the 81-year-old incumbent to step apart and permit another person to face Republican Donald Trump, a number of extra have voiced issues about Biden’s probabilities after a halting debate efficiency raised contemporary questions on his capability to mount a profitable marketing campaign – and to maintain up with a grueling job for an additional 4-1/2 years.

The deepening rift throughout the get together has despatched the Biden marketing campaign scrambling to comprise additional defections. The president informed MSNBC on Monday by telephone that he was “not going anywhere,” a message he repeated to donors on a non-public name later within the day, in line with two sources on the decision.

Biden made a number of marketing campaign stops on Sunday within the battleground state of Pennsylvania. Vice President Kamala Harris, seen because the likeliest candidate to succeed Biden have been he to step apart, has additionally been campaigning for the president.

But Democratic U.S. Representative Joe Morelle informed reporters that constituents in his New York state district informed him over the July 4 vacation they have been dropping confidence in Biden following his poor June 27 debate efficiency in opposition to Trump.

“They’re going to need more proof to feel secure in the knowledge that he can continue to do the job. And so telling them that isn’t going to work. He’ll have to demonstrate it,” mentioned Morelle, who added that extra public occasions the place Biden answered questions from voters may assist assuage their issues.

Even senior lawmakers who have been supportive of Biden say he must do extra.

“We need to see a much more forceful and energetic candidate on the campaign trail in the very near future,” Democratic Senator Patty Murray, chair of the highly effective Senate Appropriations Committee, mentioned in a press release on Monday night time, including that Biden “must seriously consider the best way to preserve his incredible legacy.”

Biden has vowed to stay within the race, arguing that Trump, 78, poses a novel menace to democracy. Trump, who repeated a number of falsehoods throughout the debate, has falsely claimed that his 2020 loss was the results of fraud and has not dedicated to accepting this 12 months’s outcomes.

Democratic lawmakers, notably within the House, additionally fear that Biden’s struggles may injury their possibilities of capturing a majority in that chamber, which may function Democrats’ sole bulwark in opposition to Trump ought to he prevail. Republicans at present maintain a 220-213 majority within the House.


Democrats face a far more durable path to guard their 51-49 Senate majority, as they’re defending a number of seats in Republican-leaning states.

Democratic Senator Michael Bennet mentioned he desires Democrats to unite on a method for the marketing campaign by week’s finish – whether or not Biden stays on the ticket or not.

“What I hope to see is, over the course of this week, our coming together on the kind of compelling and successful path forward that the American people need,” the Colorado Democrat informed reporters.

Former Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, when requested whether or not Democrats ought to stick to Biden, mentioned, “People should be prayerful, thoughtful. And the decision is the president’s. It’s not the caucus’s.”

Other outstanding Democrats have voiced confidence in Biden, with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer telling reporters, “As I’ve said before, I’m for Joe.”

The chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, Representative Steven Horsford, expressed assist for Biden’s candidacy on Monday. Black voters are a important a part of Democrats’ base of assist.

A Reuters/Ipsos ballot final week discovered that one in three registered Democratic voters believed that Biden ought to give up the race, with 59% saying he’s too outdated to work in authorities.

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Democratic presidential candidate U.S. President Joe Biden listens as Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during their debate in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., June 27, 2024. REUTERS/Brian Snyder//File Photo

However, the ballot additionally discovered that none of his potential replacements fared higher in a matchup in opposition to Trump. The ballot confirmed Biden and Trump tied at 40% every.

“I hope he continues to reach out to voters the way that we saw him this weekend, talking to them unscripted,” mentioned Senator Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico. “The more that he does that, I think the more support that we’re going to see across the country.”

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