Blue State Dem to Biden: Withdraw!

( – Highlighting the uneasiness within the Democratic Party over their diminishing chances, Representative Mikie Sherrill of New Jersey publicly urged Joe Biden not to seek re-election as the party’s nominee for 2024.

In a statement on X (formerly Twitter), Sherrill said she respected Biden’s long service but revealed her constituents’ concerns about the future direction of the country.

Sherrill wrote that the people in her district “want a leader who can continue to build on our successes but is also to turn the nation’s attention to the urgent threat that Trump presents to our democracy, to our freedoms, and to our country.”

She also highlighted the historical resilience of Americans in facing tough choices: “I realize this is hard, but we have done hard things in pursuit of democracy since the foundation of this nation. It is time to do so again.”

The push for Biden to withdraw follows his lackluster performance in the June 27 debate against former President Donald Trump, which sparked widespread speculation about his mental acuity.

Several Democratic lawmakers have shared similar concerns, reflecting a growing unease within the party.

Sherrill emphasized Biden’s dedication to the nation and democracy, suggesting, “I know that President Biden and his team have been true public servants and have put the country and the best interests of democracy first and foremost in their considerations.”

However, she clarified, “And because I know President Biden cares deeply about the future of our country, I am asking that he declare that he won’t run for reelection and will help lead us through a process toward a new nominee.”

She joins other Democrats like Texas Representative Lloyd Doggett—who was the first to call for Biden to step aside on July 2, 2024—as well as New York’s Jerry Nadler and Joe Morelle, Washington’s Adam Smith and California’s Mark Takano.

Despite these calls, Biden has been firm about continuing his campaign, challenging his detractors within the party during a Monday interview on MSNBC.

“I’m getting frustrated by the elites — not you guys — the elites in the party. ‘Oh, they know so much more.’ Any of these guys that don’t think I should run, run against me. Announce for president. Challenge me at the convention,” he stated.

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