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By Mae Slater on
 July 9, 2024

Biden Secures Support Of Key Democrats Amid Calls For Him To Step Aside

President Joe Biden remains steadfast in his decision to seek reelection despite intra-party pressure to step aside, emphasizing the importance of unity within the Democratic Party to defeat Donald Trump in the upcoming general election.

Following a poor debate performance last month, President Joe Biden faced calls to drop his reelection bid.

AP News reported that in response to the criticism, Biden released an open letter to congressional Democrats, asserting his intention to stay in the race and urging party unity to defeat Trump.

The letter, distributed by Biden's reelection campaign, highlighted the timeline of 42 days to the Democratic Convention and 119 days to the general election.

Biden’s Open Letter to Democrats

Biden took to MSNBC's "Morning Joe" to reiterate his commitment to staying in the race. In his appearance, he stated, “The question of how to move forward has been well-aired for over a week now. And it’s time for it to end.” He emphasized that any lack of clarity or weakening of resolve only helps Trump and hurts the Democratic cause.

First Lady Jill Biden has also been active in supporting her husband's reelection bid, campaigning in three states and focusing on veterans and military families. Jill Biden asserted, “For all the talk out there about this race, Joe has made it clear that he’s all in. That’s the decision that he’s made, and just as he has always supported my career, I am all in, too.”

A recent New York Times/Siena College poll showed that Democratic voters were split on Biden's candidacy. Despite this, Biden has received key support from lawmakers such as Rep. Pramila Jayapal and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, who emphasized the need to focus on defeating Trump. Rep. Maxine Waters voiced her support, stating, “Opponents of Biden can speak for themselves or what they want to do, but I know what I’m doing because I’m a big Biden supporter.”

On the other hand, Sen. Jon Tester expressed doubts about Biden's ability to lead for another term. “President Biden has got to prove to the American people — including me — that he’s up to the job for another four years,” Tester remarked. Similarly, Rep. Adam Smith publicly called for Biden to step down from the race.

Biden also met virtually with the Congressional Black Caucus for 30 minutes to discuss his second-term policy proposals. This engagement underscores his effort to maintain support from key Democratic constituencies. Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre confirmed that Biden had undergone three neurological exams during his presidency, with no diagnosis of Parkinson's, addressing concerns about his health.

House Democratic leader Hakeem Jeffries continued to support Biden amidst concerns within the party. Some House Democrats, however, have avoided commenting on Biden's reelection campaign, reflecting the mixed reactions within the party.

Biden’s Allies Rally Support

Biden's allies expect more direct engagement from him with lawmakers as the election approaches.

Sen. Michael Bennet praised Biden’s past campaign and presidency, stating, “He ran an excellent campaign, and he’s been an excellent president. And I think what everybody is trying to satisfy is that’s the same trajectory and path that we’re on today.”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer reiterated his support for Biden, emphasizing unity within the party. Sen. Alex Padilla urged the party to focus on campaign efforts rather than internal disputes, saying, “Time to quit the hand-wringing and get back to door knocking.”

Strategists reported record fundraising for House and Senate races, seeing congressional Democrats as a defense against Trump. This underscores the broader party strategy to counter Trump’s influence in the upcoming elections.

In his open letter, Biden addressed the need for unity, stating, “Any weakening of resolve or lack of clarity about the task ahead only helps Trump and hurts us. It’s time to come together, move forward as a unified party, and defeat Donald Trump.”

He challenged those who disagreed with his decision to “announce for president, challenge me at the convention” or rally behind him against Trump.

Conclusion: A Divided But Determined Party

President Biden’s decision to remain in the race despite calls to step aside highlights the ongoing debates within the Democratic Party.

While some lawmakers support his bid for reelection, others express doubts about his ability to lead. As the Democratic Convention approaches, Biden’s efforts to unify the party and focus on defeating Trump will be crucial.

Biden's allies and supporters continue to rally behind him, emphasizing the importance of a unified front in the face of Republican opposition.

Written By:
Mae Slater

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