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In both private and public settings, President Biden has made it clear that he intends to stay in the presidential race, signaling to Democrats that any criticism could harm the party’s chances against Donald J. Trump. His recent declarations emphasize that he will remain the Democratic nominee, barring an act of “the Lord Almighty.”

On Monday, Biden reinforced his commitment through an open letter to congressional Democrats, a defiant call into a cable news show criticizing party elites, and a midday video call with top campaign financiers. He also addressed the Congressional Black Caucus, stating firmly, “I am not going anywhere.”


ATLANTA, GEORGIA – JUNE 27: U.S. President Joe Biden participates in the CNN Presidential Debate at the CNN Studios on June 27, 2024 in Atlanta, Georgia. President Biden and Republican presidential candidate, former U.S. President Donald Trump are facing off in the first presidential debate of the 2024 campaign. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

This show of defiance is aimed at securing deference from Democratic lawmakers returning to Capitol Hill. Biden’s team is attempting to reframe the pressure for him to step aside as an elite-driven campaign rather than a grassroots movement concerned about his age and acuity. Representative Robert Garcia of California praised Biden’s fighting spirit, saying, “When he takes a punch, he’s going to come back and punch harder.”

Support from key figures like Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and the Congressional Black Caucus has bolstered Biden’s position. However, some influential lawmakers, including Senator Patty Murray of Washington, expressed the need for a more energetic candidate.

Biden’s strategy includes highlighting his primary victories and voter support, asserting his status as the presumptive Democratic nominee. He aims to shift focus back to Trump, stating, “It’s time to put Trump in the bull’s-eye.”

Despite criticisms for the timing of his public relations blitz, Biden’s approach is designed to maintain party discipline and deter calls for his withdrawal. Longtime Democratic strategist David Doak explained that while Biden’s stance may risk dividing the party, it solidifies his hold on the nomination.

Biden challenged his critics to run against him, emphasizing his belief that he is the best candidate to defeat Trump in 2024. He expressed frustration with party elites and reaffirmed his connection with voters, dismissing concerns from millionaires and focusing on grassroots support.

Key endorsements from Black lawmakers, such as Representatives Joyce Beatty and Steven Horsford, further solidify Biden’s position. Meanwhile, some critics remained silent, and others like Senator Jon Tester and Representative Greg Landsman voiced concerns about Biden’s ability to convince voters of his capability for another term.

Biden’s next steps will be a central topic at an upcoming House Democrats briefing. His ability to handle unscripted appearances remains a concern, highlighted by questions about a Parkinson’s expert visiting the White House.

In response, Biden plans to hold a press conference after a NATO summit, aiming to demonstrate his readiness for the campaign ahead. Former Chief of Staff Ron Klain emphasized Biden’s unique ability to defeat Trump, reinforcing the president’s determination to stay in the race.

Headline: Biden’s Defiance Reinforces His Bid Amid Democratic Concerns

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