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Nine House Democrats call for Biden to step aside as he seeks to energize his campaign

The political crisis surrounding President Biden deepened Sunday as the number of House Democrats who are calling on the president to step aside rose to nine after a weekend in which Biden campaigned in the must-win state of Pennsylvania, aiming to shore up his precarious candidacy.

Four senior House Democrats forcefully declared Sunday during an off-the-record call with House Democratic leadership that they believe Biden should step aside: Reps. Jerry Nadler (N.Y.), Adam Smith (Wash.), Mark Takano (Calif.) and Joseph Morelle (D-N.Y.), according to two people on the call. They join five other House Democrats who have publicly called on Biden to drop his reelection bid or believe Donald Trump will beat him in November.

In addition, at least 18 current and former top Democrats as of Saturday had publicly raised concerns about Biden's fitness for office and his ability to defeat Trump as the president heads into a critical week.


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