As Pressure Mounts to Step Aside, Joe Biden Plans Detroit Trip

July 08, 2024, 8:59 AM by  Allan Lengel

President Joe Biden

As the chorus for him to resign gets louder, President Joe Biden's campaign on Sunday announced he plans a Friday trip to Detroit. 

Detroit, rich with Democratic voters, is considered important if Biden hopes to win Michigan, a key state in the race. He beat Donald Trump in Michigan in 2020 by 154,000 votes. Hillary Clinton lost to Trump in 2016 in the state by 10,704 votes.

Clinton was criticized for not campaigning more in Michigan, and particularly in Detroit. Overall, the question is often not if Blacks will vote Democratic, but rather whether they'll vote at all.

This will be the fourth time Biden has come to Michigan in 2024. 

Biden, 81, is not only on a campaign to win re-election, but convince voters and politicians on Capitol Hill that he's fit to serve another four years. 

CNN reports some House Democratic ranking members on Sunday told House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries in a call that Biden needs to step down. 

CNN reports:

The number of lawmakers who explicitly said Biden should not be the Democratic nominee was greater than the number who spoke up for him to stay, according to one of the sources. Among those who opposed Biden as the nominee were Reps. Mark Takano, Adam Smith, Jim Himes, Joe Morelle, Jerry Nadler and Susan Wild, according to three sources.

Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina, who helped Biden win election in 2020, hasn't called for him to step down. But has said if Biden does, he supports a mini primary to pick his replacement.  

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