George Clooney Calls on Joe Biden to Drop Out of Presidential Race
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George Clooney Calls on Joe Biden to Drop Out of Presidential Race

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Photo Title, Clooney said Democrats will not win against Mr Biden in November

  • Author, Brandon Drenon
  • Role, BBC News, Washington

George Clooney has forcefully called on Joe Biden to drop out of the US presidential race, hours after senior Democrat Nancy Pelosi ignored questions about whether he should continue campaigning.

The Hollywood actor and prominent Democratic Party fundraiser said the president has won many battles in his career, “but there is one battle he cannot win and that is the battle against time.”

His comments came after Ms Pelosi, the former speaker of the House of Representatives, added her voice to growing unease in the party by saying time was “running out” for Biden to decide whether to stay in the race against Donald Trump following his disastrous debate performance.

The president has repeatedly said he is committed to remaining the Democratic Party candidate and defeating Trump in November.

Mr Clooney wrote in The New York Times that “it’s devastating” but the Mr Biden he met at a charity event three weeks ago was not “the ‘big f***ing deal’ Joe Biden of 2010. He wasn’t even the Joe Biden of 2020.”

“It was the same man we all saw at the debate,” Clooney said.

The fundraiser, held in Los Angeles, raised a record-breaking $30m (£23.3m) for Biden’s campaign overnight.

“Our party leaders need to stop telling us that 51 million people didn’t see what we just saw.”

“It’s about age. Nothing more,” he continued. “We won’t win in November with this president.”

Clooney added that his concerns echoed those of “every” member of Congress he spoke to.

Asked for a response, Mr. Biden’s campaign team cited a letter the president sent to congressional Democrats in which he said he was “absolutely committed” to running and defeating Mr. Trump.

But public discontent is growing within Mr Biden’s party as he comes under fire at the NATO summit in Washington.

Subtitles for the movie, Nancy Pelosi says it’s the president’s decision to continue

Ms Pelosi, still one of the most influential Democrats on Capitol Hill, on Wednesday appeared to ignore Mr Biden’s assurances that he was committed to continuing his campaign.

Asked if he should stay in the race, she told MSNBC’s Morning Joe: “I want him to do whatever he decides to do.”

“It’s up to the president to decide whether he’s going to run. We all encourage him to do that because time is running out.”

A Biden campaign spokesman responded to Pelosi’s comments on Tuesday in which she said she had “always been committed” to the president.

About a dozen elected Democrats suggested he drop out of the campaign after his June 27 debate with Trump.

On Tuesday, Michael Bennet of Colorado became the first Democratic senator to publicly express opposition.

While he stopped short of calling on Biden to drop outright, he said Trump would likely win the election by a “landmark margin.”

Asked about Mr Bennett’s comments, Biden campaign officials repeated the president’s statement that he was “running this race to the very end”.

Others were more direct. North Jersey congressman Mikie Sherril said in a statement: “I ask him to announce that he will not run for re-election.”

Acknowledging the president’s demands, Ms. Pelosi told MSNBC: “I told everybody, let’s hold off.

“Whatever you think, tell someone privately, but you don’t have to put it on the table until we see how this week goes. But I’m very proud of the president.”

Pat Ryan, a congressman from New York, later wrote on X: “For the good of our country, for the good of my two little children, I am asking Joe Biden to step down.”

However, overall support among elected Democrats remains high.

Gavin Newsom, the California governor whom Clooney has identified as a potential successor, said he was still “fully behind” Mr Biden.

He has been publicly endorsed by the Congressional Black Caucus, a group of about 60 politicians, as well as new members of the House of Representatives like Alexandria Ocasio Cortez.

On Tuesday, Chuck Schumer, the top Democrat in the Senate, said: “I support Joe.”