First Democratic senator calls on Biden to withdraw from race

Sen. Peter Welch (D-VT) became the first Democratic senator to call on President Joe Biden to step aside as the Democratic nominee on Wednesday night.

The Vermont senator, in an op-ed in the Washington Post, asked Biden to step aside with “the national conversation” “focused on Biden’s age and capacity.”

“I, like folks across the country, am worried about November’s election. The stakes could not be higher,” Welch wrote. “We cannot unsee President Biden’s disastrous debate performance. We cannot ignore or dismiss the valid questions raised since that night.

“I understand why President Biden wants to run. He saved us from Donald Trump once and wants to do it again,” he added.

“But he needs to reassess whether he is the best candidate to do so. In my view,
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