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July 10, 2024, presidential debate and election news


July 10, 2024, presidential debate and election news

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin said he was “very concerned” about President Joe Biden’s chances in November, but downplayed Democratic defections and said that he’ll support Biden going forward. 

Asked if he thought Biden should step aside as Democrats’ nominee, Durbin maintained his support.

“Well you know at this point I think he has a strong campaign and a strong message to deliver. And I believe he’s going to move forward, I’m going to support him,” he said.

Speaking to reporters, Durbin was also asked to react to former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s comments from this morning, issuing support for “whatever” Biden decides to do.

Durbin said he hadn’t seen the comments, but responded, “The honest answer is he is our nominee for president. He’s been clear he’s going to continue in that capacity. I think our highest priority has to be defeating Donald Trump.”

Durbin also bristled at press coverage of Democrats’ lingering divide over their presidential nominee.

“You know, the fact of the matter is, this is the number one story, it has been for 10 or 12 days. The reality is the American people, many of them, don’t understand why we’re paused and focusing on this instead of the issues that are important to their families,” he said.

Pressed on the seven House Democrats that have so far called on Biden to step down, Durbin responded, “Seven out of how many?”

And asked about Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet’s comments to CNN last night that Biden could lose in a “landslide” to Donald Trump, Durbin responded, “That’s Michael’s conclusion – I believe if we wage the right campaign and make a point of what we’ve achieved under this president, we will see him reelected.” 

Durbin urged Biden “to wage an aggressive campaign and get his message to the people,” and echoed his criticism of the media. “He’s certainly tried, but he seems at least for 12 or 14 days, there’ve been other issues,” Durbin said.

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