House Democrats Divided: Members Struggle Over Biden’s Future in Closed-Door Meeting

Washington, DC – As lawmakers returned to Capitol Hill following President Biden’s controversial debate last month, Democrats in Congress gathered for a crucial meeting to discuss the future of the party and the upcoming 2024 presidential race.

House Democrats held a closed-door session at their campaign headquarters, focusing on the debate over whether President Biden should remain at the top of the ticket. The meeting lasted nearly two hours, with members expressing a range of opinions, from supporting Biden to calling for him to step aside. Some members emphasized the need to see more of the president in public before making a final judgment.

Representative Lloyd Doggett of Texas, the first Democratic lawmaker to publicly call for Biden to drop out, advocated for a replacement during the meeting. Conversely, Representative Mikie Sherrill of New Jersey became the seventh House Democrat to call for Biden to step aside, urging him to declare that he won’t seek reelection and support the selection of a new nominee.

Despite the internal debates within the party, some lawmakers like Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina expressed strong support for President Biden, stating, “We’re riding with Biden” and describing the meeting as “very positive.” Others, such as Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York, emphasized their unwavering support for Biden’s reelection campaign.

In the Senate, Democrats also met for their weekly caucus lunch, with members expressing mixed views on President Biden’s candidacy. While some senators voiced concerns about Biden’s ability to defeat Donald Trump in 2024, others like Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York expressed confidence in Biden’s ability to secure victory in the upcoming election.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer reiterated his support for President Biden, emphasizing his commitment to the current administration. The discussions within the Senate reflect the broader conversations happening within the party about Biden’s candidacy and the path forward for Democrats in the upcoming election.

As the debate over President Biden’s future continues, lawmakers in both the House and Senate are navigating differing opinions within the party, with some calling for change while others remain steadfast in their support for the current administration. The meetings serve as a reflection of the internal dialogue among Democrats as they prepare for the upcoming presidential race in 2024.