Democrats Hold Pivotal Meetings Amid Calls for Biden to Step Aside

Washington, D.C. – Congressional Democrats are facing a crucial moment as they gather for pivotal meetings on Tuesday following President Biden’s recent debate performance that has raised concerns about his chances of winning reelection.

House Democrats will convene for an all-member caucus meeting at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C. at 9 a.m., followed by the Senate Democrats’ weekly policy lunch later in the day.

Lawmakers have been pointing to these meetings as opportunities for emotions and differing opinions within the party to surface, potentially revealing the level of support for Biden on Capitol Hill.

Prior to Monday, there were mixed signals from House and Senate Democrats, with some calling for Biden to step aside while others, including members of the Congressional Black Caucus, expressed support for the president. Despite the limited number of lawmakers openly calling for his withdrawal from the race, discontent behind closed doors is palpable and could intensify.

While Biden has reiterated his commitment to staying in the race, members like House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries and Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer have publicly defended him, working to quell dissent among party ranks. Some Democrats are concerned about Biden’s ability to defeat Trump and the potential impact on regaining control of the House and retaining the Senate majority in the upcoming election.

Senator Patty Murray emphasized the need for Biden to demonstrate a more forceful and energetic campaign to convince voters of his capability to defeat Trump. Other lawmakers, like Senator Bernie Sanders, have expressed unwavering support for Biden, urging a focus on policy contrasts between Biden and Trump.

In the midst of the internal party turmoil, Democrats in the House representing various factions remain steadfast in their support for Biden. Despite concerns over his fitness for office, some members have refrained from calling for him to withdraw from the race.

As Democrats grapple with the dilemma of replacing Biden on the ballot, many are hesitant to disrupt the party’s unity and are urging a focus on defeating Trump in the upcoming election.

Overall, the inner turmoil among Congressional Democrats reflects the broader uncertainties facing the party as they navigate the path forward in the lead-up to the election.