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President Joe Biden listens during a visit to the D.C. Emergency Operations Center, Tuesday, July 2, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Joe Biden listens during a visit to the D.C. Emergency Operations Center, Tuesday, July 2, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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Congressional Democrats huddled Tuesday and showed little sign of plans to dump President Biden, who insists against former President Donald Trump over last month’s poor debate performance.

With questions still swirling about Biden, House Democrats met for two hours behind closed doors to about his ability to beat Trump and serve four more years in the White House.

Senators met later at a private lunch with a similar agenda.

Democratic leaders emerged to tell reporters that not much has changed.

“As I’ve said before, I’m with Joe,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Democratic majority leader.

Capitol Hill police officers gather in front of the Democratic National Headquarters to provide security for a visit of Democratic members of the House of Representatives to discuss the future of President Biden running for the presidency, Tuesday, July 9, 2024 in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)
Capitol Hill police officers gather in front of the Democratic National Headquarters to provide security for a visit of Democratic members of the House of Representatives to discuss the future of President Biden running for the presidency, Tuesday, July 9, 2024 in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

After the House caucus meeting, most House lawmakers kept their opinions to themselves. But several and predicted he would win if Democrats unite behind him.

“We’re all united, [and] we understand one thing: The existential threat to America is Donald Trump,” Rep. Greg Meeks of Queens said on CNN.

“We can do this if we focus on the real threat: Donald Trump, Project 2025 and MAGA,” added Jasmine Crockett (D-Texas), referring to a controversial far right-wing blueprint for a potential second Trump term.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler, an Upper West Side liberal, was one of several senior Democrats who said over the weekend on a Democratic leadership call.

But after the meeting Tuesday, he said that Biden says he won’t drop out: “The president says he’s running, [and] we have to support him.”

Six Democratic lawmakers have publicly called for Biden to drop out of the race.

Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., arrives at the Democratic National Headquarters with other Democratic members of the House of Representatives to discuss the future of President Biden running for the presidency, Tuesday, July 9, 2024 in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) arrives at the Democratic National Headquarters with other Democratic members of the House of Representatives to discuss the future of President Biden running for reelection, Tuesday, July 9, 2024 in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

So far, Biden has managed to among Democratic lawmakers, who returned to Washington after a weeklong break.

He has come out swinging, of the race. He claimed to be speaking on behalf of the party’s base of working-class, Latino and especially Black voters.

Some Biden supporters suggested he has effectively over his debate performance.

The clock is ticking for Democrats to decide whether to stick with Biden or try to dump him and switch to another presidential candidate.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., the speaker emerita, left, arrives at the Democratic National Headquarters with other Democratic members of the House of Representatives to discuss the future of President Biden running for the presidency, Tuesday, July 9, 2024 in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.),  left, arrives at the Democratic National Headquarters with other Democratic members of the House of Representatives to discuss the future of President Biden running for the presidency, Tuesday, July 9, 2024 in Washington. (AP Photo/John McDonnell)

Biden controls the overwhelming majority of delegates to the Democratic National Convention in mid-August, meaning , which he insists he won’t do.

If Biden wins the nomination at the convention, it would be much more difficult, if not later if he suffers another setback, particularly since some states start early voting in September.

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