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Senior House Democrats Urge President Biden to End Reelection Campaign

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Last Updated on July 8, 2024 by Fellow Press

Several senior House Democrats have called on President Biden to withdraw from his reelection campaign following his recent debate performance, sources tell CBS News. Representatives Jerry Nadler (NY), Mark Takano (CA), Adam Smith (WA), and Joe Morelle (NY) expressed their concerns during a Zoom meeting with House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries.

During the call, Representatives Jim Himes (CT), Don Beyer (VA), and Jamie Raskin (MD) also questioned the president’s chances of winning reelection. However, Beyer’s office later reaffirmed his support for President Biden, and Beyer issued a statement underscoring his commitment to the Biden-Harris ticket.

“I support the Biden-Harris ticket and look forward to helping defeat Donald Trump in November,” Beyer stated. “I was proud to host an event this week in Northern Virginia with the President and will continue supporting the Biden-Harris campaign.”

CBS News reached out to all the members who were reported to have expressed reservations about Biden’s candidacy. Jeffries’ spokesperson declined to comment.

Representative Susan Wild (PA-7) acknowledged the concerns shared by many Americans about Biden’s electability. “It is not helpful for this difficult process to play out amidst leaks and rumors,” Wild said. “The Democratic Caucus is diverse, with many opinions about what should happen next. I will continue having important conversations while prioritizing my constituents’ best interests.”

Representative Richard Neal (MA) voiced his support for Biden, emphasizing the president’s success in defeating Trump in 2020. “President Biden has a historic record of success and will beat Trump again in November,” Neal said. “Republicans are the biggest threat to our democracy, economy, and people, and the President understands what’s at stake. I’m with him all the way.”

This meeting followed a call from House Democratic leaders last week amidst growing calls for Biden to step aside. Representative Angie Craig (MN) recently joined the chorus of House Democrats urging the president to withdraw. As lawmakers return from recess, attention will focus on Biden’s support in Congress.

Despite the concerns, President Biden has remained resolute, making it clear he intends to stay in the race. In an interview with ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos, Biden dismissed the idea of stepping down, stating, “They’re not going to do that.”

Biden mentioned an hour-long conversation with Jeffries and extensive discussions with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. He also met with Democratic governors at the White House last week.

“If the Lord almighty came down and said ‘Joe, get out of the race,’ I’d get out of the race,” Biden remarked. “The Lord almighty’s not coming down.”

Meanwhile, Virginia Senator Mark Warner canceled a Monday meeting with Senate Democrats to discuss the president’s bid, a source familiar with Warner’s thinking confirmed to CBS News.

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Vice President Trump, President Putin Of Ukraine – Biden Goofs At NATO Summit

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Last Updated on July 12, 2024 by Fellow Press

U.S. President Joe Biden had a series of verbal slip-ups on Thursday alongside the NATO summit in Washington, an unfortunate development for the 81-year-old as he tries to move past concerns that he is too old to run for re-election.

Verbal gaffes are not unusual in the long political career of Biden, who overcame a childhood stutter, but there is closer attention on him amid the fallout from his dismal debate performance against Republican candidate Donald Trump last month.

Trump, who is 78, and also has faced concerns about his age, frequently made false claims during the debate and often rambles during campaign speeches.

Below is a summary of Biden’s mistakes on Thursday.

BIDEN MISTAKENLY CALLS ZELENSKIY ‘PUTIN’

Biden mistakenly referred to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy as “President Putin”.

“And now I want to hand it over to the president of Ukraine, who has as much courage as he has determination, ladies and gentlemen, President Putin,” Biden said at the NATO summit, drawing gasps from those in the room.

“Going to beat President Putin, President Zelenskiy. I am so focused on beating Putin,” Biden said while correcting himself.

BIDEN MISTAKENLY REFERS TO HARRIS AS TRUMP
During a news conference on Thursday evening, Biden mixed up the name of his vice president, Kamala Harris, and his rival Trump.

“Look, I wouldn’t have picked Vice President Trump to be vice president if she was not qualified to be president. So start there,” Biden said as he responded to a question from Reuters about his confidence in Harris.

BIDEN FUMBLES ‘CHIEFS OF STAFF’
Biden also struggled at the news conference to find the words “chiefs of staff,” mistakenly referring to the group of the country’s top uniformed military leaders as “commander in chief,” the title he holds as president.

“And so our military is working on following the advice of my commander in chief my, my, my, the chiefs of staff, of the military as well as the secretary of defense and our intelligence people.”

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Suspect Located in Triple Crossbow Killings in Bushey

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Last Updated on July 10, 2024 by Fellow Press

Kyle Clifford Found in North London Manhunt Following Deaths of Three Women

A manhunt for Kyle Clifford, 26, who was wanted in connection with the murder of three women in a suspected crossbow attack, has concluded with his capture in north London, police have confirmed. Clifford, a former British Army serviceman, was identified by Hertfordshire police as a suspect in the deaths of Carol Hunt, 61, and her daughters, Hannah, 28, and Louise, 25, at their home in Bushey.

In a press conference on Wednesday, Chief Superintendent Jon Simpson of Hertfordshire police revealed that the murders appeared to be “targeted.” Clifford was discovered with injuries and is now receiving medical treatment, though no shots were fired during his apprehension.

The search for Clifford led police to Lavender Hill Cemetery, 16 miles from the crime scene, where a significant police presence was observed. Paramedics and ambulances were also on site near a property searched earlier in the day as part of the manhunt.

Police believe Clifford was known to the victims, and no other suspects are being sought. Detective Inspector Justine Jenkins from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit described the situation as “an incredibly difficult time” for the victims’ family, urging respect for their privacy.

“This investigation is moving at pace, and formal identification of the victims is yet to take place,” DI Jenkins stated. “Following extensive enquiries, the suspect has been located, and nobody else is being sought in connection with the investigation at this time. We have had an overwhelming number of calls and would like to express our gratitude to the members of the public who have contacted us.”

Detectives are appealing for any additional information or video footage related to the case.

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