Democratic senator first to publicly say Biden cannot win as polling suggests key swing states tilting towards Trump – live

By The Guardian (World News) | Created at 2024-07-10 13:25:26 | Updated at 2024-07-21 18:36:41 1 week ago


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In her interview with MSNBC, Pelosi offered what could be a timeline for how the question of Biden’s continued candidacy will be resolved.

She noted that the president was currently busy hosting Nato leaders at a summit in Washington DC, and that it might be best for Democrats if they held off on talk of replacing him while that high-profile event is ongoing.

“Over 30 heads of state are here. He is the host of it,” Pelosi said.

“I’ve said, everyone, let’s just hold off, whatever you’re thinking, either tell somebody privately, but you don’t have to put that out on the table, until we see how we go this week.”

In cryptic comments, Pelosi says 'time is running short' for Biden to decide on campaign

Former Democratic speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who is thought to be among the lawmakers whose opinion Joe Biden cares about most, gave an interview to MSNBC this morning where she signaled that the president’s future has not yet been decided.

Though Biden insists he has no intention of suspending his re-election campaign despite concerns over his performance in the first debate against Donald Trump, Pelosi said, “It’s up to the president to decide if he is going to run.”

When the interviewer pointed out that Biden has already made that decision, Pelosi said, “I want him to do whatever he decides to do”.

Here’s the moment:

Democratic senator becomes first to publicly say Biden cannot win, as Trump relishes opponents' 'full-scale breakdown'

Good morning, US politics blog readers. At the start of the week, it seemed possible that congressional Democrats would react to Joe Biden’s troubling debate performance and drop off in support by staging an organized effort to push him to drop out. Four days later, no such push has materialized and the president has made clear he is not abandoning his re-election campaign – but that does not mean confidence about his ability to beat Donald Trump is widespread among Democrats. Last night, Colorado senator Michael Bennet publicly told CNN he did not think Biden could win re-election, just as forecasters at the Cook Political Report announced that several crucial swing states are tilting towards Trump. The former president is clearly enjoying his opponents’ struggles to decide if they should still support the candidate who vanquished him in the 2020 election. At a rally in Florida, he said Democrats are “having a full-scale breakdown” in a speech where he spent most of his time airing various grievances.

Here’s what else is going on today:

  • Kamala Harris continued to defend Biden, reminding voters in Las Vegas yesterday that the president is a “fighter”.

  • Nato leaders are meeting in Washington DC for their summit, where Ukraine’s defense against Russia is high on the agenda. Follow our live blog for more.

  • House Republicans will try to pass legislation mandate proof of citizenship for people to vote in federal elections. The White House has signaled disapproval with the measure, saying it is unnecessary.

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