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First Sitting Democratic Lawmaker Urges Biden to Drop Out of Presidential Race

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Congressman Lloyd Doggett has become the first fellow sitting Democrat to call on US President Joe Biden to withdraw from the presidential race following his poor performance in the first debate against Donald Trump.
"[U]nlike Trump, President Biden's first commitment has always been to our country, not himself, I am hopeful that he will make the painful and difficult decision to withdraw. I respectfully call on him to do so," Doggett said in a statement on Tuesday.
The congressman noted in his statement that Biden failed during the first debate to defend his "many accomplishments" and expose Trump’s alleged lies.
In Doggett’s view, Biden is not the best hope to save democracy in the United States and thus should step down to prevent Trump from winning in November.
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrive at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022, after voting in the Delaware primary. - Sputnik International, 1920, 30.06.2024
Biden's Decision On Campaign Depends On His Inner Circle, Will Meet at Camp David - Reports
Biden is set to meet with Democratic governors mid-week to bolster support after his dismal performance during the first presidential debate with challenger Donald Trump, CBS News reported earlier in the day.
The governors held a private call organized by Minnesota Governor Tim Walz for the Democratic Governors Association to discuss concerns about Biden's chances in the upcoming election and his lack of communication with them.
The governors expressed a strong desire for Biden to address them directly and noted discussions about a potential call with the Biden campaign or the White House as well as the need to hear from Vice President Kamala Harris.
President Joe Biden visits a presidential debate watch party, Thursday, June 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) - Sputnik International, 1920, 28.06.2024
Debate Debacle: Democrats Need to Find New Candidate ASAP – Wall Street Analyst
On June 27, Biden and Trump participated in a CNN-hosted debate in Atlanta, Georgia. Biden appeared disoriented, confused and incoherent, reinforcing rather than refuting ongoing concerns about his cognitive decline at age 81. Biden's poor performance has led some Democratic politicians, donors and other supporters to call for him to step aside.
However, Biden's campaign communications director Michael Tyler said that there have been no conversations about replacing Biden.
Trump and Biden are set to debate again on September 10.
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