Joe Biden Tells Democrats He Won’t Drop Out of Presidential Race Against Donald Trump | World News
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Joe Biden Tells Democrats He Won’t Drop Out of Presidential Race Against Donald Trump | World News

US President Joe Biden said on Monday he has no plans to drop out of the presidential race. He is competing against Republican candidate Donald Trump. Calls for Biden to step down began after his poor performance in the first presidential debate on June 27.

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks at a church service at Mt. Airy Church of God in Christ, Sunday, July 7, 2024, in Philadelphia (Photo Source: PTI)

Washington:US President Joe Biden told Democratic lawmakers on Monday that he was “firmly committed” to seeking re-election against his Republican rival Donald Trump and called for an end to speculation about his candidacy, despite growing concerns about his mental health and the viability of his campaign.

In a stinging letter to some donors and Democrats who are demanding he drop out of the race for the White House on Nov. 5, Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, tried to allay their growing concerns.

“I have heard the concerns people have — their good intentions and their fears about what is at stake in this election. I am not blind to them,” Biden, 81, wrote in a letter to Democratic lawmakers in the U.S. Congress.

“I can answer all of that very clearly and unequivocally: I would not run again if I were not absolutely convinced that I am the best person to defeat Donald Trump in 2024,” said the president, who has been receiving calls asking him to drop out of the race following his disastrous performance in the June 27 debate.

Biden has insisted he is in the race and will not concede. So far, only a small swath of Democratic leadership has asked him to leave the race to the president.

Most of the party leadership has supported him so far. He acknowledged that it was a bad night, but insisted that one 90-minute debate cannot wash away his three-and-a-half years of performances that have boosted the economy, reduced unemployment and restored America’s standing in the world.

The incumbent president said millions of Democratic Party members voted for him in the primaries and asked Democratic lawmakers to point out that the process was irrelevant and urged him to resign.

“I declined. I feel a deep obligation to the faith and trust that Democratic voters have in me to run this year. It was their decision. Not the press, not the pundits, not the big donors, not any select group of people, no matter how well-intentioned,” he said.

“Voters – and only voters – decide the Democratic Party nomination. How can we defend democracy in our country if we ignore it in our own party? I can’t do that. I won’t do that,” he said.

“The issue of how to move forward has been debated at length for over a week. And it is time for it to end. We have one job. And that is defeating Donald Trump. Any weakening of resolve or lack of clarity about the job ahead only helps Trump and hurts us,” Biden wrote.

“I want you to know that despite all the speculation in the press and elsewhere, I am committed to staying in this race, seeing it through to the end, and defeating Donald Trump,” Biden wrote in the letter.

At least five Democratic lawmakers on Sunday expressed their view that President Joe Biden should withdraw from the U.S. presidential election scheduled for November 5, according to news reports.

The lawmakers — Jerry Nadler, Mark Takano, Joe Morelle, Ted Lieu and Adam Smith — made the comments during a Democratic primary phone call organized to discuss Biden’s disastrous performance in the June 27 debate with Trump in Atlanta.

Biden’s approval ratings have fallen, and his own party colleagues have begun to question his health and ability to lead the country for another four years. Biden has said he remains in the race and has exuded confidence that he will beat Trump in November.

House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries convened a virtual meeting of his partisan House colleagues to discuss developing policy scenarios following the June 27 presidential debate between Biden and Trump.

The virtual meeting was billed as a “listening session” to gather input from members on the viability of a Biden candidacy, The New York Times reported, adding that it was clear before the call that many top Democrats believed Biden had to go.

Rep. Smith, a ranking member of the Armed Services Committee, said it was time for Biden to leave, according to two people familiar with the call, the Journal reported. Four other congressmen also felt the same way and thought it was time for Biden to drop out of the race.

“Lieu was the highest-ranking figure in the House Democratic leadership to support pressure on Biden not to seek reelection,” The Washington Post reported.

“The developments have opened a wide crack in Biden’s support, bringing to about 10 the number of House Democrats publicly or privately saying he should resign. They included top Democrats on the Judiciary, Armed Services and Intelligence committees. The departures cast further doubt on Biden’s path forward, even as he largely controls his own destiny thanks to his victory in the Democratic presidential primary,” The Wall Street Journal reported.

Meanwhile, Biden was in Pennsylvania on Sunday, where he spoke at rallies and met with residents of the key battleground state where the election result was crucial.