Pelosi gives Democrats breathing room to criticize Biden fitness

Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is giving Democrats tacit permission to question President Joe Biden’s place atop the ticket with comments suggesting she is not entirely sold on his run for president.

House leaders have generally stood by Biden since his disastrous debate performance two weeks ago, offering brief but supportive remarks that have helped keep a rank-and-file revolt against the president at bay.

Yet Pelosi, who remains a powerful figure despite stepping down from leadership last year, has gone the furthest in giving voice to colleagues who want a new nominee challenging former President Donald Trump in the fall.

Days after Biden delivered a halting and at times incoherent debate performance, Pelosi said it is “legitimate” to ask whether the 81-year-old Biden has a cognitive condition or whether his stumbles were a momentary
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