All Democratic Governors Attend White House Meeting With Biden (2024)

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Gavin Newsom, Gretchen Whitmer and Andy Beshear were among those attending Wednesday’s meeting in person. At least a dozen governors were joining remotely.

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By Campbell Robertson

All of the country’s Democratic governors were in attendance either virtually or in person at a meeting with President Biden on Wednesday night, the White House said, amid the ongoing political fallout from his performance at last Thursday’s debate.

Among those at the White House were Gavin Newsom of California, Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan and Andy Beshear of Kentucky. All three have been floated as potential presidential candidates themselves.

Maura Healey of Massachusetts, Kathy Hochul of New York, JB Pritzker of Illinois and Tim Walz of Minnesota were also at the meeting in person. Mr. Walz, the chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, organized a call with the governors on Monday to discuss concerns about Mr. Biden’s debate performance, which led to Wednesday’s meeting.

Fourteen governors were joining the meeting remotely, including Josh Shapiro of Pennsylvania, Roy Cooper of North Carolina and Katie Hobbs of Arizona.

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Biden ‘in It to Win It,’ Democratic Governors Say

After a meeting with President Biden, some of the country’s Democratic governors said they had pledged their support, despite what one governor called his “bad performance” during the first presidential debate.

President Joe Biden is in it to win it. And all of us said we pledged our support to him because the stakes could not be higher. We, like many americans, are — we’re worried. We’re worried because the threat of a Trump presidency is not theoretical for governors. We’ve served when Donald Trump was president and the threats to our nation were real. The Trump presidency was chaos, destruction. A Biden presidency was dealing with Covid, using the science, investing in infrastructure, and working to the middle class. We came in and we were honest about the feedback that we were getting. We were honest about the concerns that we were hearing from people. And we were also honest about the fact that as the president continued to tell us and show us that he was all in, that we said that we would stand with him because, as Governor Walz said, the president has always had our backs. We’re going to have his back as well. Do you think he’s fit for office. Yes, fit for office. The president has three and a half — three and a half years of delivering for us, going through what we’ve all been through. None of us are denying: Thursday night was a bad performance. It was a bad — it was a bad hit, if you will, on that. But it doesn’t impact what I believe he’s delivering.

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In public comments, many Democratic governors have said that they fully support Mr. Biden. Dan McKee of Rhode Island told a local news outlet on Wednesday that he was going to the meeting in person “to express support for the president.”

Wes Moore of Maryland, who was also attending in person, told CBS News on Sunday that he would not seek the nomination should Mr. Biden step aside. “Joe Biden is not going to take himself out of this race, nor should he,” he said.

Some have said that they saw the meeting as a chance for a frank discussion with Mr. Biden about his health. Mr. Beshear told CNN on Tuesday that the governors wanted to “make sure he’s doing OK.”

Josh Green of Hawaii, who was participating remotely, said in an interview on Wednesday that he would be listening for the president’s own thoughts about his capacity for a second term.

A physician who led Hawaii’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Green said the president had been “on top of it” in their work together on the Maui wildfire. But he noted that both Mr. Biden and former President Donald J. Trump “are older and both are going to have challenges over the next four years.”

Reporting was contributed by Grace Ashford, Mike Baker, Katie Glueck, Jack Healy, Shawn Hubler, Ernesto Londoño, Eduardo Medina, Simon Romero, Jenna Russell and Mitch Smith.

Campbell Robertson reports on Delaware, the District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, for The Times. More about Campbell Robertson

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