Democrats Endorse Biden’s Replacement

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – In the week since President Joe Biden’s terrible debate performance, many current and former House Dems have backed VP Kamala Harris as his replacement.

On Wednesday, during an appearance on the radio show “Mornings with Zerlina,” Democratic Rep. Summer Lee (Pennsylvania), a member of the House’s progressive “Squad,” warned Democrats that time was running out to change course.

Lee suggested that if Biden decided to step aside, the party would need to “move very quickly,” explaining there wouldn’t “be time for a primary,” before adding Harris “is the obvious choice” as she is “sitting right there.”

The progressive Democrat then warned that it would be “very dangerous” to sidestep Harris, given the high voter turnout rates among Black women.

A day earlier, Biden’s longtime ally Democrat Rep. Jim Clyburn (South Carolina), avoided acknowledging concerns about the President’s electability, stating that he wanted the ticket to remain “Biden-Harris.” However, during his appearance on “MSNBC Reports,” Clyburn added that he’d support Harris should Biden drop out, explaining the party shouldn’t attempt to “work around Ms. Harris.”

In an op-ed in Newsweek, former Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan (Ohio), a challenger to Biden’s 2020 presidential nomination, voiced his support in a piece titled “Kamala Harris Should be the Democratic Nominee… in 2024.”

But, the White House has reiterated its position that Biden would not be dropping out of the race. On Wednesday, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre doused speculation Biden had considered dropping out but refused to go into detail about what Harris and Biden had discussed at their one-on-one lunch earlier on Wednesday.

Jean-Pierre acknowledged Biden’s reason for selecting Harris as his running mate, stating he believes “she is indeed the future of the party.”

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