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Biden meets with Democratic governors amid post-debate anxiety

Last Updated 2 weeks by Amnon J. Jobi | Amnon Front Page

One day after two Democratic members of Congress called on President Joe Biden to withdraw from the 2024 presidential race, the president will meet with Democratic governors at the White House Wednesday evening.

Although it’s unclear how much last week’s presidential debate will affect the 2024 election, President Biden’s struggles during the debate put a lot of focus on his age and mental acuity. Those questions are on top of concerns about how President Biden has handled inflation and other issues.

In an interview with CNN’s Pamela Brown on Tuesday, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said the governors want to hear directly from the president on how he feels heading into the heart of election season.

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“I don’t think that there’s anything wrong with asking the president to talk to the American people a little bit more about his health or that debate performance,” Beshear told CNN. “In many ways, and in our terms, it’s like seeing somebody that you haven’t seen in a while, and they seem a little off. And you asking how they’re doing and then listening to their answer is both showing concern for them but also just trying to make sure that things are OK.”

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On Tuesday, Rep. Lloyd Doggett of Texas became the first Democrat currently sitting in Congress to publicly encourage President Biden to withdraw from the race. Although President Biden is not officially the nominee yet, as the presumptive nominee with the overwhelming majority of pledged delegates, he would likely have to exit the race on his own volition for Democrats to replace him as the nominee.

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Later in the day, Rep. Adam Frisch joined Doggett’s call for President Biden to exit the race.

“We deserve better. President Biden should do what’s best for the country and withdraw from the race,” he said.

To date, the Biden campaign has resisted calls for him to exit the race. Polling still shows a tight race between former President Donald Trump and President Biden.

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A poll conducted by Ipsos and Reuters conducted on Monday and Tuesday and released Wednesday shows President Biden and Trump deadlocked among registered voters.

The same poll showed that in a head-to-head race against other Democrats, Trump actually performed better against some hypothetical candidates such as Vice President Kamala Harris and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

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