Biden’s Debate Performance Throws Texas Democrats into Turmoil

Biden’s Debate Performance Throws Texas Democrats into Turmoil

Congressional Texas Democrats are split on whether President Joe Biden should be a 2024 candidate following his disastrous debate performance against former President Donald Trump.

According to the Dallas Morning NewsHouse Democrats appeared divided on Biden as they met for a special session on Tuesday.

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett of Austin became the first Democrat in Congress to call for Biden to withdraw from the Democratic nomination, arguing at Tuesday’s meeting that Biden should resign because the danger of Trump becoming president is too great.

“The debate cannot go unnoticed,” Doggett told reporters as he left the meeting. “The president is out. We needed a boost. We’ve had a setback. He’s a great man who has made great contributions to the country, but he shouldn’t leave a legacy that we’re handing over to a tyrant that puts us in jeopardy.”

Other House Democrats have been quiet on Biden. U.S. Rep. Colin Allred has said in campaign ads that he opposes Biden on some issues, such as border security, but has not commented since the debate. Some experts have argued that Allred would be better off distancing himself from Biden if he wants to win the race against U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.

On the other hand, members of the Congressional Black Caucus showed strong support for Biden.

“The stakes are much higher for us,” Rep. Jasmine Crockett said. “So I don’t want to play games. I want to work. I’ve traveled the country on behalf of the Biden-Harris administration and talked to people about the policies that Democrats are trying to implement. And for someone to change their mind 90 minutes later and ignore the progress that’s been made on policies for years, to me, is absolutely stupid.”

U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez of McAllen said some Democrats and the media suddenly lost faith in the president because of a controversy.

“It amounted to a 90-minute debate, but this is not the end-all, be-all judgment,” Gonzalez said, adding that he had spent a lot of time with the president and was mentally prepared to serve another term.

At the federal level, some prominent figures, such as Speaker Retired Nancy Pelosi, have said that Biden’s decision to drop out of the race or stay in it is his.

“We all encourage him to make this decision because time is running out.” Pelosi said on Wednesday: