'I'm not leaving,' Biden says in fundraising email

'I'm not leaving,' Biden says in a fundraising email

by - 04-07-2024 | 10:20 AM

Three Democratic governors who met with President Biden Wednesday night in the wake of his terrible debate performance said they continue to back him, as the president himself said in a fundraising email Wednesday that he's "not leaving" the race.

The developments Wednesday came as speculation about Biden's future as the Democratic nominee continues to grow following last week's presidential debate.

"I'm the Democratic Party’s nominee. No one is pushing me out. I'm not leaving," the email said. "I'm in this race to the end, and WE are going to win this election."

Biden met for an hour with the Democratic governors Wednesday in an attempt to quell the growing concern over his continued candidacy.

“What we saw in there today was a guy who’s the guy all of us believed in the first time could beat Donald trump – and did beat Donald trump,” Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said after the meeting.

He said he believed Biden was “fit for office.”

Earlier Wednesday, Biden held a meeting with his campaign staffers and said he is staying in "this race to the end," a person on the call said, speaking on condition of anonymity to describe the private meeting. The meeting was one of a series of closed-door conversations he is having to try to reassure Democrats after last week’s disastrous debate led to calls for him to step down.

House Democratic leaders were holding a call Wednesday evening, a source familiar with the meeting said, as congressional Democrats weighed their options following Biden's verbal stumbles during his debate with former President Donald Trump. 

House Democrats are nervous 

With the fate of Congress also up in the air, some congressional Democrats were nervous about the prospect of the president remaining on the ticket.

So far, two House Democrats have called on Biden to withdraw: Texas Rep. Lloyd Doggett, and Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva, who gave remarks to the New York Times. 

Some lawmakers want Biden to stay on the ticket
The House Democrat said members were generally in two camps: those who still support Biden and those who want him to withdraw from the presidential race.

Even Biden's supporters, this member said, were upset at campaign advisers who, in their view, put Biden in that position at the debate — and urged a campaign shakeup.

"If a nominee is going to stay, you have to send a strong signal you are going to change course," this member said. 

Indeed, Aaron Fritschner, a spokesman for Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., said Beyer introduced Biden and spent two hours with him Tuesday night. He said Beyer described Biden's remarks as "charming, crisp and delivered without consulting a teleprompter." Beyer said Biden "was in good form," Fritschner added, adding the Virginia lawmaker said "nothing the president did or said last night” raised concerns about his age or capacity to do his job.

The House Democrat said those who want Biden to withdraw believe "it's too risky, the stakes are too high to risk that something happens to Joe Biden after the convention, in September or October," the member said.

If that happened, the member said, "We're scrambling for a nominee, and the GOP is going to sue to block us from replacing him. It gets harder after the convention."

But the lawmaker acknowledged that replacing Biden would be difficult. Even someone with clear name recognition among fellow Democrats would be a challenge.

“To lift someone's stature, to get the money, to get them vetted ... there's a sliver of folks who want to go with the devil they know rather than the devil they don't," the lawmaker said.
Source: NRP