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Biden sends letter to Congress stating he’s ‘firmly committed’ to staying in the race

Last Updated 1 week by Amnon J. Jobi | Amnon Front Page

In a two-page letter sent to Congressional Democrats Monday morning, President Joe Biden said he is firmly committed to staying in the race as more Democratic leaders have called for him to step aside following his lackluster debate performance.

I wouldnt be running again if I did not absolutely believe I was the best person to beat Donald Trump in 2024, President Biden wrote in the letter, adding that only three people unsuccessfully challenged his bid for reelection and Democratic voters have consistently chosen him as the nominee.

The letter was sent to lawmakers as they return to Capitol Hill following their July 4 recess.

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After the first debate of this election cycle on June 27, the presidents stumbles have overshadowed Trumps mistruths. Concern over President Biden’s performance has snowballed into a divide between top-ranking members of the Democratic party and prompted crisis control from his campaign.

Since the debate, President Biden has spoken at various campaign rallies and has given several interviews attempting to silence criticism over his competency to run and reassure voters that he has what it takes to win reelection. The White House has repeatedly said the president is not considering stepping down.

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Rep. Lloyd Doggett of Texas was the first Democrat in Congress to publicly encourage President Biden to withdraw from the race, followed by Rep. Ral Grijalva of Arizona, Rep. Angie Craig of Minnesota, Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts and Rep. Mike Quigley of Illinois.

In an interview Monday morning with Scripps News, Quigley said he believes more members of Congress will come forward asking the president to step aside and described the move as “tough love.”

The latest House Democrats to call for President Biden to step aside in the race include Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York, Rep. Jim Himes of Connecticut, Rep. Adam Smith of Washington, and Rep. Mark Takano of California.

Still, other members have vocalized support for President Biden, including two leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus Rep. Maxine Waters of California and Rep. Bobby Scott of Virginia and several Democratic governors who recently spoke with President Biden.

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Hawaii Gov. Josh Green, whose family has known the president for years, was one of the governors included in the group call and said he would continue to support the president until he’s told otherwise. He spoke with The Associated Press on Saturday, stating the focus should not be on Biden’s age since Trump is only three years younger, but rather on temperament.

“For God’s sake, these two guys have to hold the nuclear codes,” Green reportedly said. “I don’t want someone who tweets in the middle of the night and rages at other countries. That is not good. That’s not the problem we have with President Biden.”

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President Biden said hes had extensive conversations with party leaders since the debate and has taken the concerns seriously. However, he encouraged the party to come together, adding in his letter that further divisiveness would only help Trumps campaign.

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We have 42 days to the Democratic Convention and 119 days to the general election, President Biden said in the letter. Any weakening of resolve or lack of clarity about the task ahead only helps Trump and hurts us. Its time to come together, move forward as a unified party, and defeat Donald Trump.

He followed up the letter to Congress with an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” where he doubled down on the point that he cares more about what the voters think than the “big names” of the Democratic party.

Rep. Quigley explains why he’s calling for President Biden to step aside

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