Michigan Sen. Gary Peters Says Joe Biden Can Win, 'Absolutely'

July 10, 2024, 1:56 PM by  Allan Lengel

Sen. Gary Peters

As Democrats wrestle with Joe Biden's re-election bid, Michigan U.S. Sen. Gary Peters came out Wednesday in support of the president.

"Yes, absolutely. I believe President Biden can win," Peters, chair of the Senate Democrats' political arm, said, according to the Detroit News. "And I believe that we'll be able to hold the Senate majority, and I think we also have a good shot of expanding it."

"Any interactions I've had with President Biden, he's been very engaged in whatever topic was before us. Yesterday, I spent time with him at the signing ceremony for the legislation that I authored," Peters said.

Biden on Wednesday spoke briefly to the AFL-CIO executive council and was greeted with chants of "Four More Years." 

“I said I’m going to be the most pro-union president in American history,” Biden told union executives in a speech that was broadcast live on MSNBC. “Well guess what? I am.”

He's also meeting Wednesday with NATO allies in Washington. 

Meanwhile, in an Op-ed piece in the New York Times, actor George Clooney, a big supporter of Biden, said it's time for him to step aside. He writes: 

I love Joe Biden. As a senator. As a vice president and as president. I consider him a friend, and I believe in him. Believe in his character. Believe in his morals. In the last four years, he’s won many of the battles he’s faced.

But the one battle he cannot win is the fight against time. None of us can. It’s devastating to say it, but the Joe Biden I was with three weeks ago at the fund-raiser was not the Joe “big F-ing deal” Biden of 2010. He wasn’t even the Joe Biden of 2020. He was the same man we all witnessed at the debate.

Was he tired? Yes. A cold? Maybe. But our party leaders need to stop telling us that 51 million people didn’t see what we just saw. We’re all so terrified by the prospect of a second Trump term that we’ve opted to ignore every warning sign. The George Stephanopoulos interview only reinforced what we saw the week before. As Democrats, we collectively hold our breath or turn down the volume whenever we see the president, who we respect, walk off Air Force One or walk back to a mic to answer an unscripted question.

Read more:  Detroit News

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