REPORT: Biden Meets With Family In Order To Determine Political Future


After a disastrous debate performance on Thursday, President Biden and his family are holding an informal meeting at Camp David on Sunday in order to discuss the future of his campaign, according to a report from NBC News.

In the hours and days following the debate, high-profile Democrat leaders and potential Biden successors have affirmed their support for the president. This includes California Governor Gavin Newsom and Vice President Kamala Harris, both of whom rejected the notion that Biden should step down. Former President Barack Obama also affirmed his support for Biden and expressed confidence in his ability to bounce back.

Still, a number of Democrats have been panicked over Biden’s ability to win re-election or even govern effectively. Both CNN and MSNBC reported that Democrat strategists, donors and elected officials immediately started holding meetings over Biden’s future as soon as the debate began.

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One House Democrat who believes Biden should drop out of the race — but has yet to call for that publicly — told NBC News that three additional lawmakers expressed the same sentiment to him during votes on the House floor Friday.

While Biden has received support from leading House Democrats, party leaders have also conceded that the president will need to take time in order to determine his next steps. “The decision-makers are two people — it’s the president and his wife,” one source told NBC. “Anyone who doesn’t understand how deeply personal and familial this decision will be isn’t knowledgeable about the situation.”

Biden insisted Friday that he intends to stay in the race. “I would not be running again if I didn’t believe with all my heart and soul I can  do this job,” the president told supporters in North Carolina.

If President Biden were to step down, DNC insiders would have a better chance at choosing a replacement if the president were to step down after receiving the nomination in August. “We need to have as much discipline as emotion,” one senior Democratic official said. “It’s not politically smart for Biden to step down.”

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