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Democrats in Congress are torn between backing Biden for president and sounding the alarm

July 3, 2024


President Joe Biden’s disastrous debate performance has reverberated across the Democratic Party, forcing lawmakers to grapple with a crisis that could upend the presidential election and change the course of American history.

The Democratic president has signaled he has no intention of dropping out of the race against Donald Trump despite the halting and uneven debate delivery that threw a spotlight on questions about Biden’s age and capacity to be president. But as Democrats make the case the stakes of the election are momentous — challenging no less than the foundations of American democracy — they’re wrestling with how to approach the 81-year-old who’s supposed to be leading the charge for their party.

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