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Biden allies rally behind president amid voter concerns about election

Biden allies rally behind president amid voter concerns about election

Biden allies rally behind president amid voter concerns about election

Several of the president’s Democratic allies fanned out Sunday to advocate for keeping President Biden as their party’s nominee, even as some donors, commentators and voters fear his performance in last week’s debate raised fresh concerns about whether he can defeat former President Donald. Trump in November.

“I think he’s the only Democrat who can beat Donald Trump,” Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), national co-chair of Biden’s reelection effort, said on ABC News’ “This Week.” “I understand there’s a lot of moaning and worrying and pearl-clutching among commentators. Great. That’s to be expected.”

Party leaders are also aware that there are concerns that keeping Biden at the top of the ticket will hurt his chances of winning congressional seats in November.

House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) Featured on MSNBC’s “This Weekend” that House Democrats are engaged in talks about the future of Biden’s candidacy.

“There is one thing that needs to be made clear,” he added. “There is a huge difference between our vision of the world, of the country and of the future, and the extreme Republican vision of MAGA.”

Biden’s performance on Thursday “was certainly a setback,” Jeffries said. “But … a setback is just preparation for a comeback.”

Some Democrats are not convinced.

In a Facebook post shared Sunday morning, former Democratic National Committee Vice Chairman RT Rybak said the public needs to pressure Democratic leaders to remove Biden from the list.

“Our elected officials are being surprisingly silent in public, especially considering how many of them privately acknowledge that this needs to happen,” he wrote. “They fear political retaliation, but they should really fear that if we lose this election because they didn’t have the guts to do what they know needs to be done, hell and history will fall on them like an anvil.”

“Call their offices, circulate this message or write your own, but speak up now. Worrying about this in private will not solve the problem.” he added.

Asked about the internal debate among Democrats, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) told MSNBC that’s exactly “what a real political party does.”

“There are very honest, serious and rigorous conversations that take place at all levels of our party because it is a political party and we have different “It’s a very different point of view,” Raskin said. “Compared to the non-existent dialogue and conversation that took place in the Republican Party after Donald Trump’s criminal conviction on 34 charges, it is remarkable.”

Still, a new poll shows some signs of a decline in voter confidence in Biden. About 55 percent of Democratic voters surveyed said they think Biden should keep running, while 45 percent say he should step aside, according to a new CBS News-YouGov poll released Sunday. In February, the same poll found that 64 percent of Democratic voters said he should keep running, while 36 percent said he should not.

The latest poll shows that a majority of all registered voters (72 percent) do not believe Biden has the mental and cognitive health to serve as president. Only 27 percent believe he is healthy enough to serve, down from 35 percent a month ago. The poll found that 49 percent of voters believe Trump does not have the mental and cognitive health to serve as president.

Biden’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the survey.

The campaign has spent the past three days trying to calm concerns about the implications of Biden’s debate performance.

Jen O’Malley Dillon, Biden’s campaign chairwoman, argued in a memo released Saturday that the debate “did nothing to change the perception of the American people, our supporters are more enthusiastic than ever, and Donald Trump only reminded voters why he was fired four times.” years ago and failed to expand his appeal beyond his MAGA base.”

In an email to supporters titled “7 Things to Say to Your Friends After the Debate,” the Biden campaign sent a list of talking points Democrats can use when talking to their “panicked aunt,” “uncle.” MAGA” or, in an apparent dig at the hosts of the liberal “Pod Save America” podcast, who harshly criticized Biden’s debate performance, “some uppity podcasters” about the debate.

In its list of suggestions, the Biden campaign argues that “real voters perceived this debate very differently than those who pay close attention to politics” and that “the long-term impact of the debates is overstated anyway.”

Asked on NBC’s “Meet the Press” whether Biden should withdraw, Sen. Raphael G. Warnock (D-Ga.) responded with a resounding “absolutely not.”

“If they weren’t so worried, they wouldn’t be Democrats,” Warnock said, but he dismissed calls from within the party to replace Biden at the top of the ticket.

MSNBC host Jen Psaki, Biden’s former White House press secretary, dismissed an idea raised by a political commentator that Democrats should have an open nominating convention and choose a member of their caucus to run for president. instead of Biden.

Psaki said an idea like that would work on a fictional show like “The West Wing,” where “everyone would get together and the president would endorse someone and everyone would line up behind him and the audience would be happy.”

“That’s not how it would work” in real life, Psaki said, arguing that an open convention would not only ignore the wishes of primary voters but also put several Democratic leaders at odds with each other and leave the final decision to a “group of internal Democrats, not the American public.”

“A lot of people would be angry,” he said. “And then you have a person who has not been tested, even though he is excellent and has enormous potential… with little name identification, and a divided and angry party. “That is the possible outcome of an open convention.”

Similarly, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), former speaker of the House of Representatives and former chair of the California Democratic Party, told CNN that trying to nominate a new candidate at this stage “could be chaotic.” Pelosi said it was now clear that Biden will be the nominee after months of primary elections.

“We would have to undo the nomination to do something else,” Pelosi said. “That would not be a reason to do it or not do it. The question is: Joe Biden’s decision to move forward is a decision we will all accept because of the record he has.”

And Sen. John Fetterman (D-Pa.), who was widely criticized after a weak debate performance during his own 2022 race, dismissed other Democrats’ concerns by suggesting that those “willing to walk away from Joe Biden” are “helping Trump.”

“This whole ‘Ditch Biden’ thing is the dumbest s**t I’ve ever heard in my life,” Fetterman said on “Fox News Sunday.”

Meanwhile, Republicans continued to take a victory lap over what they saw as a successful performance by Trump on Thursday.

“Obviously, Joe Biden had a disastrous performance, which is why they are talking about replacing him. But you also have to look at what Donald Trump was able to do,” Sen. JD Vance (R-Ohio), who is believed to be on Trump’s shortlist for vice president, told “Fox News Sunday.”

“He was fun, attractive. He was backing off a little bit, but he was doing it with an affable demeanor,” Vance continued. “That’s what it takes to be able to serve as president of the United States.”

Biden allies also pointed out that Trump had been virtually unchallenged about the lies and falsehoods he shared on stage. Before the debate, the Biden campaign had agreed with CNN that moderators would not fact-check live.

“The guy told about 30 lies and no one checked it and told Joe Biden that’s what he should do,” Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.), who is credited in largely the revival of Biden’s campaign in 2020. “If I ask him a question and he lies to me with the answer, I should follow up and tell him what the facts are and see what his reaction would be. So, for me, that was not the way to plan the debate.”