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Biden’s political future faces decisive day on Tuesday (9), Democrats say

Both the Democrats who remained on the side of US President Joe Biden and those who abandoned the head of state after his poor performance in the US Debate CNN see this Tuesday (9) as a decisive day for the president’s political future.

Party officials within the Biden administration and some others close to the White House and the campaign told CNN in recent days that the conclusions reached at this morning’s House Democrats meeting, followed by a Senate Democrats meeting in the afternoon, will likely seal the president’s fate.

While Biden has said only “God” could make him abandon his campaign, top Democrats have told the CNN that the decision ultimately rests with party leadership, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries.

Schumer and Jeffries publicly endorsed Biden on Monday (8) after the president issued campaign calls and congressional meetings.

However, both leaders will face an onslaught from across their respective caucuses, which have seen support from senior members wane, which will force Democrats to make a decision.

“I can’t emphasize this enough: Democrats need to make a decision and then move forward,” a Democratic National Committee official told CNN.

“The attacks will not stop until the leadership officially ends the uncertainty,” he explained.

There is still significant skepticism that Biden can be replaced on the ticket without major concerns and bureaucracy.

“Listening session”

The House Democratic meeting lasted nearly two hours, according to people who attended the meeting.

Rep. Gregory Meeks of New York called it a “listening session.” About 30 Democrats spoke during the convention.

Glenn Ivey of Maryland told CNN that House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries was “listening,” adding that “the meeting was organized for an opportunity to listen.”

Without consensus, the Democratic caucus sides plan to meet throughout the day.

At the meeting, some members brought up polls and concerns they were hearing from their districts, but Ivey said that given the format of the meeting, the atmosphere did not become hostile.

When asked what the mood was on the call, Jennifer McClellan of Virginia said, “Ready to win.”

Feeling of sadness and privacy

As he left the meeting, Rep. Greg Landsman stressed the need for privacy as House Democrats debate the future of President Joe Biden’s candidacy.

“I can’t speak for anyone in the room, and I won’t, and I don’t think others will either. I think there’s a commitment to making sure that this conversation is held as a family,” he said.

Landsman also said Biden needs to “prove he can” run a campaign that will beat Donald Trump, a common message among Democrats who have expressed skepticism about the viability of the candidacy.

Another source who attended the party meeting this morning told CNN that there is a feeling of “sadness” after being asked to assess the mood of the conversation.

He explained that the sadness comes from “talking about someone you love who is in obvious decline.”

Biden to hold meeting with mayors

Joe Biden will also meet with Democratic mayors in a virtual town hall Tuesday night, a source familiar with the meeting said.

The meeting with the Democratic Mayors Association is expected to take place via Zoom. The president will deliver remarks and participate in a question-and-answer session, the source said.

On Monday, Biden held similar virtual meetings with the Congressional Black Caucus and major donors who make up his campaign’s National Finance Committee.

Source: CNN Brasil

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