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Biden gets support from key lawmakers as he tells Democrats he won't step aside after debate

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden stood firm Monday against calls for him to drop his reelection candidacy and called for an end to the intraparty drama that has torn apart Democrats since his dismal debate performance last month, as key lawmakers expressed support for him to remain in the 2024 presidential race.

As anxious congressional Democrats returned to Washington weighing whether to work to revive his campaign or to try to edge him out, Biden sent them an open letter aiming to silence their skepticism of his fitness to lead the country for another four years. He insisted he wasn't leaving the race and stressed that the party has ''one job,'' which is to defeat presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in November.

After a week of false starts, a coordinated effort by Biden and his campaign to shore up Democratic support appeared to be paying off, though he had by no means silenced his doubters. By late Monday, a sudden rush of public support from Democrats emerged - or at least some tempering of criticism - as Biden allies appeared to be trying to overpower the public and private voices calling on him to step aside.

https://www.startribune.com/bidens-uncertain-political-future-divides-democrats-as-they-return-to-capitol-hill/600379053/

 

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