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Biden tells Democratic lawmakers he’s committed to staying in race

(NewsNation) — President Joe Biden said he’s “firmly committed” to running in the 2024 election in a letter sent to Democratic lawmakers Monday.

Writing that he’s had “extensive conversations” with party leadership, elected officials and voters over the past 10 days, Biden said they have “good faith fears and worries” about what is at stake in this election.

“Believe me, I know better than anyone the responsibility and the burden the nominee of our party carries,” Biden wrote.

However, “the question of how to move forward has been well-aired for over a week now,” Biden wrote. “And it’s time for it to end.”

Biden has fielded questions over whether he should be the Democratic nominee for president following a highly criticized performance at the first presidential debate two weeks ago. As he debated presumptive Republican nominee and former president Donald Trump, Biden stumbled through his words and appeared at times to be confused. Although Trump made multiple false statements during the debate, concerns over Biden’s age and mental fitness took center stage.

To Democrats in Congress, though, Biden wrote: “I wouldn’t be running again if I did not absolutely believe I was the best person to beat Donald Trump in 2024.”

“We have a historic record of success to run on,” Biden wrote.

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