First Dem senator calls on Biden to give up the ghost

Calls for President Joe Biden to quit his re-election bid reached the upper chamber of Congress with Sen. Peter Welch saying he “cannot unsee” the president’s disastrous debate performance.

The Vermont lawmaker became the first Democrat in the Senate to officially weigh in on the need for Biden to drop out.

“I, like folks across the country, am worried about November’s election,” Welch wrote in a Washington Post op-ed. “The stakes could not be higher. We cannot unsee President Biden’s disastrous debate performance. We cannot ignore or dismiss the valid questions raised since that night.”

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“I understand why President Biden wants to run,” the 77-year-old senator added. “He saved us from Donald Trump once and wants to do it again. But he needs to reassess whether he is the best candidate to do so. In my view, he is not.”

“For the good of the country, I’m calling on President Biden to withdraw from the race,” Welch wrote.

House Democrats have been stepping out to publicly demand Biden step aside and allow another nominee to take the top of the Democrat ticket. These lawmakers include Reps. Raul Grijalva of Arizona, Seth Moulton of Massachusetts, Mike Quigley of Illinois, Lloyd Doggett of Texas, Angie Craig of Minnesota, Adam Smith of Washington, Mikie Sherrill of New Jersey, Pat Ryan of New York, and Earl Blumenauer of Oregon.

Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) told CNN that he believes former President Donald Trump will beat Biden “by a landslide” in November. Bennet was one of three Senate Democrats who privately communicated their worries about Biden during a Democratic caucus lunch. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Jon Tester (D-MT) were the other two senators.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has repeatedly said he is behind Biden but, according to Axios, sources said the New York Democrat is indicating differently in private.

“In public, Schumer has been insistent that he is ‘for Joe.’ In private, he’s singing a different tune,” Axios claimed. “Over the last 12 days, Schumer has been listening to donors’ ideas and suggestions about the best way forward for the party, according to three people familiar with the matter.”

After the story’s publication, Schumer said in a statement: “As I have made clear repeatedly publicly and privately, I support President Biden and remain committed to ensuring Donald Trump is defeated in November.”

Frieda Powers

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