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Won’t drop out of race, President Joe Biden tells Democrats

Won’t drop out of race, President Joe Biden tells Democrats

Joe Biden



Washington, July 8

President Joe Biden, in a letter to congressional Democrats, stood firm against calls for him to drop his candidacy and called for an “end” to the intraparty drama that has torn apart Democrats since his dismal debate performance.

Biden’s efforts to shore up a deeply anxious Democratic Party came on Monday as lawmakers are returning to Washington and confronting a choice: decide whether to work to revive his campaign or edge out the party leader, a make-or-break time for his reelection and their own political futures. Biden wrote in the two-page letter that “the question of how to move forward has been well-aired for over a week now. And it’s time for it to end”. He stressed that the party has “one job”, which is to defeat presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in November.

“Any weakening of resolve or lack of clarity about the task ahead only helps Trump and hurts us. It’s time to come together, move forward as a unified party, and defeat Donald Trump,” Biden said in the letter, distributed by his reelection campaign.

He followed up the letter with a phone interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” show, on which he insisted that “average Democrats” want him to stay in the race and said he was “frustrated” by the calls from party officials for him to step aside. He threw the gauntlet at his critics, saying if they're serious they ought to “announce for president, challenge me at the convention” or rally behind him against Trump. — AP

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