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Peter Welch has become the first Democratic senator to call on Biden to drop out of the presidential race.

Peter Welch has become the first Democratic senator to call

US Senator Peter Welch on Wednesday became the first Democratic senator to call on US President Joe Biden to drop out of the 2024 presidential race after a poor performance in his first debate with Donald Trump last month.

“We cannot afford to watch President Biden’s disastrous debate performance. We cannot ignore or dismiss the legitimate questions that have been raised since that night,” Welch said The Washington Post op-ed.

Noting why he understands President Biden’s desire to run, he said: “He saved us from Donald Trump once and wants to do it again.”

“But he needs to reassess whether he is the best candidate to do so. In my opinion, he is not. For the good of the country, I am asking President Biden to withdraw from the race,” he added.

Describing Vice President Kamala Harris as “a capable, proven leader,” Welch said the Democratic Party has “more elected, young, energetic Democratic governors and senators in swing states.”

“We have asked President Biden for so long to do so much for so many people. This requires unprecedented selflessness and courage. We need Him to put us first, as He has done before. I urge him to do it now,” he said.

If re-elected, Biden will be 86 when he leaves office.

White House Press Secretary Caryn Jean-Pierre said last week that President Biden is not considering leaving office.

Biden told congressional Democrats in a letter on Monday that he would continue his re-election bid despite growing calls to withdraw.

“I want to let you know that despite all the speculation in the press and elsewhere, I am firmly committed to staying in this race, running this race to the end, and defeating Donald Trump,” he wrote in a letter to Democrats. . Congress.

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