Democratic congressman admits party is divided over Joe Biden's future

 July 1, 2024

Fox News reported that First Lady Jill Biden is adamant that her husband will continue his reelection campaign despite a disastrous debate performance last week.

Yet in a stunning development, one congressman recently confirmed that some Democrats feel President Joe Biden's career should come to an end. 

"Big problem with Joe Biden's debate performance"

According to Breitbart, Maryland Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin made that admission during an interview this past weekend with MSNBC host Ali Velshi.

"This is what a real political party looks like and this is what a real political party does," Raskin told Velshi on Sunday.

"Obviously, there was a big problem with Joe Biden's debate performance, and there is also just a tremendous reservoir of love for Joe Biden in our party," he insisted.

"So this makes it a difficult situation for everybody, but there are very honest and serious and rigorous conversations happening at every level of our party, because it is a political party and we have differences in point of view," Raskin continued.

Biden will still be keynote speaker at convention

"We're having a serious conversation about what to do. One thing I can tell you is that regardless of what President Biden decides, our party is going to be unified, and our party also needs him at the very center of our deliberations and our campaign," the Maryland lawmaker insisted.

"And so whether he's the candidate or someone else is the candidate, he is going to be the keynote speaker at our convention," Raskin pointed out.

"He will be the figure that we rally around to move forward, and beat the forces of authoritarianism and reaction in the country," the congressman concluded.

While Raskin was relatively delicate in his remarks about opposition to Biden's candidacy, polling data suggests that a large swath of the American electorate is not confident about his mental state.

Poll finds most voters doubt Biden's mental competence

A survey commissioned by CBS News and carried out following last week's debate found that only 27% of registered voters believe Biden has the cognitive health required to serve as president, down from 35% earlier in the month.

Meanwhile, only 28% of registered voters feel Biden should be seeking a second term in the White House, compared with 37% who said the same in February.

When asked why they thought he shouldn't be running for reelection, 86% pointed to Biden's age, 71% worried about decisions he might make, and 66% pointed to his record as president.

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