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House Dem Calls For Biden To End Reelection Bid After ABC Interview

Democratic Rep. Angie Craig of Minnesota called on President Joe Biden on Saturday not to seek reelection, even after an interview with ABC aimed at reassuring voters.

Biden has faced calls to withdraw from the race since his shaky June 27 CNN debate, during which he made multiple gaffes and spoke with ABC News host George Stephanopoulos in a taped interview that aired Friday. Craig is the fifth House Democrat to urge Biden to drop out. (Related: 'They don't believe it': MSNBC guest says House Democrats feel party faces 'existential threat')

“Given what I saw and heard at last week's debate in Atlanta, and the President's own lack of a strong response following that debate, I do not believe he will be able to effectively campaign and win against Donald Trump,” Craig said in a statement posted on X. “This is not a decision I have taken lightly, but there is too much at stake to jeopardize Donald Trump's second term in office. That is why I respectfully call on President Biden to step down as the Democratic nominee for a second term in office so a new generation of leaders can move forward.”

In his ABC interview, Biden claimed he had made a comeback in the post-debate polls, saying he was “10 points behind” in a New York Times poll before the debate. The New York Times/Siena College poll showed Biden trailing by about six points among likely voters and three points among likely voters before the CNN debate, but both rose by three points after the debate.

Representative Lloyd Doggett of Texas was the first Democrat to issue a statement calling for Biden to resign. Representatives Raul Grijalva of Arizona, Seth Moulton of Massachusetts and Mike Quigley of Illinois also called on Biden to resign. according to To Axios.

Biden is currently trailing Trump by 3.3 percentage points in head-to-head national races. according to RealClearPolling poll average. Trump leads grow up Adding independent candidates Cornel West and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Green Party candidate Jill Stein brings the total to 4.9%.

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