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Democrats In Congress To ‘Amp Up’ Pressure On Biden To Step Aside: Report

 Democrats   in   Congress   are signaling that a growing number of their colleagues will publicly call on President   Joe Biden   to drop o...

 Democrats in Congress are signaling that a growing number of their colleagues will publicly call on President Joe Biden to drop out of the 2024 race after his first TV interview following a poor debate performance failed to reassure them.

Axios published a report on Saturday that cited unnamed lawmakers saying the handful of House Democrats who had already come forward urging Biden to end his bid would soon have company.

“The drip drip is about to be more than that,” one anonymous lawmaker told the news outlet. A second lawmaker said, “We’ll certainly amp up the public pressure as needed.”

The report also featured quotes from an unnamed House Democrat saying, “No one’s mind has been changed,” as well as, “a growing number of lawmakers agree “it’s time” for Biden to step aside and are “hoping to give him space to do this on his own.”

A different House Democrat said Biden’s interview Friday on ABC Newswas “not impressive.” This unnamed lawmaker also predicted that Biden is “toast” in November if he stays in the race against former President Donald Trump.

Yet another House Democrat claimed to be “shocked” at Biden’s “refusal to recognize reality” in terms of polling and his “failure to make an argument about why he wants a second term,” per the report from Axios.

Biden, who spoke to “This Week” anchor and former Clinton flack George Stephanopoulos, insisted the only way he will end his re-election campaign is “if the Lord Almighty comes down and tells” him to quit. He also argued that polls showing him down in the race are off the mark.

While some in Congress have been defending Biden, four House Democrats had publicly called on Biden to put an end to his campaign heading into Saturday. They included: Reps. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), Seth Moulton (D-MA), and Mike Quigley (D-IL).

Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN), whose district is considered to be “Lean Democrat” in the 2024 “House Race Ratings” from The Cook Political Report, joined them with the release of a statement on Saturday.


“Given what I saw and heard from the President during last week’s debate in Atlanta, coupled with the lack of a forceful response from the President himself following that debate, I do not believe that the President can effectively campaign and win against Donald Trump,” she said.

Declaring there was “simply too much at stake to risk a second Donald Trump presidency,” Craig added that she “respectfully” called on Biden to “step aside as the Democratic nominee for a second term as President and allow for a new generation of leaders to step forward.”

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