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Ex-US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says ‘legitimate’ to question Biden’s condition

Voices of discontent have begun to emerge in the Democratic fold after Joe Biden’s debate fiasco, with ex-US Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday saying it is “legitimate” to raise concerns over the President’s fitness for office.
“I think it’s a legitimate question to say, ‘Is this an episode or is this a condition?'” Pelosi, as per news agency AFP, told MSNBC when asked about Biden, who frequently stumbled over his words and lost his flow of thought in Thursday’s debate.
Pelosi is not the lone voice expressing concern over Biden’s capacity to rerun for the presidential polls.
Lloyd Doggett, the Democratic lawmaker, has become the first in the party to publicly ask Joe Biden to step down as the Democratic nominee for president.
Doggett, who represents Texas said in a statement Tuesday that Biden should “make the painful and difficult decision to withdraw”.
“My decision to make these strong reservations public is not done lightly nor does it in any way diminish my respect for all that President Biden has achieved,” Doggett said.
“Recognizing that, unlike Trump, President Biden’s first commitment has always been to our country, not himself, I am hopeful that he will make the painful and difficult decision to withdraw. I respectfully call on him to do so,” Doggett was quoted as saying by the news agency AP.
The aftermath of the first presidential debate has not been favorable for the incumbent, Joe Biden, as it intensified concerns about his age rather than alleviating them.
Reports suggest that some Democrat politicians and operatives expressed their hopes that the 81-year-old Biden would step aside, with some even considering going to the White House to publicly voice their concerns about his candidacy.
“What’s Joe Biden’s superpower? That he’s a good guy who will do the right thing for the country. In this case, that’s stepping aside and letting the DNC choose another nominee,” Andrew Yang, who ran against Biden for the Democratic nomination in 2020 wrote on X, formerly Twitter.
Will Biden drop out?
If Biden were to withdraw, the Democratic Party’s nominee would be officially chosen at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Chicago from 19-22 August. According to DNC rules, delegates are “pledged” to Biden and bound to support his nomination.
However, if he were to drop out, there would be no official mechanism for him or anyone else in the party to choose his successor, resulting in an open convention where delegates would be free to choose as they please, potentially leading to a frantic contest among Democrats vying for the nomination.

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