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Hill Democrats remain divided, worried about Biden and their future

As President Biden prepared to address NATO allies gathered in Washington on Tuesday evening, his advocates on Capitol Hill seemed to be growing a bit louder. But so was the unease over Democratic prospects of beating Donald Trump and making gains in Congress come November.

There was no unity among congressional Democrats who met personally for the first time since Biden's halting debate performance nearly two weeks ago. Instead, there was a rising tide of resignation from some, enthusiasm from others - and despair and anger from still more - that the president would remain atop the ticket and be their nominee in November. Hill Democrats were also holding their breath ahead of a rare Thursday news conference, the first time since the debate that the president planned to entertain freewheeling questions from the press.

Before a meeting of Senate Democrats, Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), co-chair of Biden's campaign, said the president had heard the message from lawmakers that he needed to get out and do more events and interviews.


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