Democratic leaders rally around Biden amidst debate criticism

In the wake of a challenging debate against Republican candidate Donald Trump, President Joe Biden is actively engaging with key Democratic leaders to strengthen his campaign.

As reported by Reuters, Biden held conversations with Representative Hakeem Jeffries, House Minority Leader, on Tuesday, and Senator Chuck Schumer, Senate Majority Leader, earlier on Wednesday.

Amidst the debate fallout, Biden is scheduled to meet with Democratic governors virtually on Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. ET (2230 GMT). The meeting aims to address the concerns raised within the party and strategize for the upcoming election.

Jim Clyburn, a notable Democratic figure instrumental in Biden’s 2020 victory, hinted on CNN that the party should prepare for a “mini-primary” if Biden opts out of the race.

Clyburn underscored his support for Vice President Kamala Harris as a strong potential successor, emphasizing the importance of selecting a capable running mate.

Calls for Biden to reconsider his candidacy have grown louder following his debate performance in Atlanta. Some party members, including a House representative on Tuesday, have urged him to step aside.

Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi also suggested a reassessment of his performance.

Biden attributed his debate struggles to exhaustion from recent foreign trips and a cold.

His campaign swiftly organized calls with donors to mitigate any concerns.

Despite the speculation, Reuters reported that Biden remains steadfast in his re-election bid.

White House Chief of Staff Jeff Zients is slated to address staff morale in a call on Wednesday, aiming to reassure and motivate the team.

While potential challengers may emerge if Biden faces increased pressure to step down, many Democratic governors continue to back his campaign efforts.

The New York Times highlighted that a close ally of Biden acknowledged the urgency for the president to bounce back from the debate, recognizing that his campaign’s success hinges on proving his readiness to lead.

As Biden rallies his party and strategizes with key Democratic leaders, the focus remains on reinforcing his candidacy and addressing the challenges ahead.

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