Biden campaign officials meet with skeptical senators ahead of crucial news conference

President Joe Biden’s campaign chairwoman, Jen O’Malley Dillon, and two other top advisers are set to meet with Senate Democrats at a special caucus lunch meeting at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee on Thursday.

The meeting comes hours before the president speaks to the world in a highly anticipated news conference that could determine the trajectory of his reelection bid.

The three top staffers will listen to the senators’ concerns about Biden’s candidacy and whether he can beat former President Donald Trump this fall. The meeting’s announcement comes after several top senators, Jon Tester (D-MT) and Peter Welch (D-VT), among others, expressed doubt about Biden’s chances.

Welch is expected to attend the meeting after he called for Biden to drop out of the race, the first Democratic senator to do so.

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