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By Mae Slater on
 July 9, 2024

Biden Refusing To Step Down, Gets Support From Key Democrats As Schism Intensifies

President Joe Biden reaffirmed his commitment to running in the 2024 presidential race, stating his focus on party unity to defeat Donald Trump.

Despite calls for him to step aside, Biden is determined to unite Democrats against the presumptive Republican nominee.

AP News reported that President Biden reached out to quell internal Democratic dissent by addressing demands for him to exit the race. In his appeal, Biden stressed the critical need to move beyond intraparty disputes and remain focused on the common goal of defeating Donald Trump.

In an open letter to congressional Democrats, Biden highlighted the urgency of the situation with 42 days left until the Democratic Convention and 119 days until the presidential election. He called for a unified effort, arguing that any division within the party would ultimately benefit Trump.

Biden Rallies Lawmakers And Voters

The letter was part of a broader strategy to solidify support among key lawmakers and the Democratic base. Despite some skepticism within the party, Biden has seen backing from prominent figures, although doubts linger.

Following his letter, Biden reinforced his position during a phone interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”, reiterating his commitment to the presidential race and the need for collective Democratic resolve.

First Lady Jill Biden joined the effort, campaigning in North Carolina to show her unequivocal support for her husband's decision to remain in the race. She expressed confidence in Biden's choice, emphasizing their mutual support for each other’s careers.

Biden also conducted a virtual 30-minute meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus in his bid to shore up legislative support. Representative Pramila Jayapal announced plans for the President to meet with the Congressional Progressive Caucus as well, aiming to consolidate support across different factions within the party.

In a move to address concerns about his health, Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre disclosed that Biden had recently undergone three neurological exams at the White House, all aimed at assessing his fitness for a second term.

House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries publicly reaffirmed his support, stating his unwavering confidence in Biden.

Mixed Reactions From Lawmakers

Lawmakers exhibited varied responses to Biden’s candidacy. While Rep. Debbie Dingell and Reps. Abigail Spanberger and Lauren Underwood declined to comment, Rep. Adam Smith openly called for Biden to step down.

Sen. Jon Tester expressed cautious approval but urged Biden to demonstrate his capability to the American people. Rep. Annie Kuster suggested that Biden address the entire Democratic caucus to quell growing concerns and unify the party.

Other lawmakers, including Reps. Nanette Barragan, Frank Pallone, and Ayanna Pressley, had mixed feedback. Barragan recommended more active engagement from Biden, while Pallone expressed his growing frustration over continued speculation within the party. Pressley referenced a need for greater focus on key issues rather than internal divisions.

Senators Michael Bennet and Alex Padilla voiced strong support for Biden, emphasizing his previous success as a candidate and his performance as President. Bennet remarked on the necessity to continue on the current path, while Padilla called on Democrats to focus on grassroots efforts rather than internal disputes.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer offered his explicit backing, reiterating his support for Biden’s campaign.

Trump, on the other hand, commented on Biden’s decision, implying that Biden’s persistence was driven by personal ego.


Additional remarks came from figures like Sen. Chris Coons, who underscored Biden’s capability in balancing his roles both as a candidate and President. Rep. Annie Kuster stressed the importance of Biden being accessible to Democratic lawmakers to better address constituent concerns. Reps. Maxine Waters and Frank Pallone succinctly expressed their firm backing for Biden.

As the Democratic Convention looms closer, Biden's decision to stay in the race continues to be a polarizing issue within the party. However, with strategic engagements and reassurances of his health, Biden aims to quell doubts and rally the party around the critical objective of defeating Trump in the upcoming general election.

Concluding the controversy, Biden's clear message to his party is a call for unity and an unwavering focus on winning the election.

Written By:
Mae Slater

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