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Título reescrito: Los demócratas evalúan los riesgos y recompensas de perder a Biden.

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By Holly Honderich, BBC News, Washington
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Concern about Mr Biden’s fitness to run has appeared to spread among Democrats
President Joe Biden tried to reinvigorate his struggling re-election campaign on Sunday, as his party discussed the future of his candidacy.
The president’s lackluster debate performance last week raised serious doubts about his physical and mental ability to run. A primetime interview with ABC on Friday further fueled speculation about the future of his campaign.
In the midst of uncertainty, Mr. Biden made appearances at two campaign events in Pennsylvania, a crucial swing state, on Sunday.
However, these efforts have not deterred fellow Democrats from considering the risks and rewards of keeping Mr. Biden, 81, as the top candidate. On Sunday afternoon, House minority leader Hakeem Jeffries held a meeting with ranking Democratic lawmakers that reportedly included discussions about Mr. Biden’s candidacy.
Four participants on the call suggested that Biden should withdraw, according to CBS, the BBC’s US news partner. Sources also mentioned at least three others expressing concerns about his prospects in November.
Several prominent Democratic figures also shared their views in televised interviews over the weekend, addressing the question of whether it is riskier to stick with Mr. Biden or to replace him.
Some believe that the party could face defeat against Donald Trump in November if Mr. Biden remains the candidate, while others argue that replacing him brings many unknowns.
Some see potential in starting anew
Following Mr. Biden’s disastrous debate performance, some Democrats believe that asking the president to step aside could offer immediate relief.
Several Democrats, including staunch supporters of the president, have indicated that concerns about his age and mental sharpness have become increasingly difficult to ignore.
“The debate rightly raised questions among the American people about whether the president has the energy to defeat Donald Trump,” said California Representative Adam Schiff on Sunday.
Mr. Schiff did not explicitly call for Biden to withdraw in his interview with NBC News, a stance publicly taken by five House Democrats so far.
Instead, Mr. Schiff urged Biden to seek advice from individuals with “distance and objectivity” and decide whether he believes he is the best candidate to run.
“Given Joe Biden’s remarkable record, given Donald Trump’s terrible record, he [Biden] should be easily defeating Donald Trump,” Mr. Schiff said. “It should not even be a close race, and the only reason it is close is the president’s age.”
Mr. Biden is 81, while Trump has recently turned 78. The ages of both candidates have become a contentious issue among voters.
Polls on the left suggest that some voters are losing faith in Mr. Biden. In a Wall Street Journal poll released on Friday, 86% of Democrats stated they would support Mr. Biden, down from 93% in February.
A different candidate could also offer a fresh start in other areas. Before this Democratic panic, Mr. Biden faced criticism from voters on various policy issues, including his approach to the US economy and the migrant crisis at the southern border.
The president encountered a threat of defection from progressive voters who opposed his stance on Israel’s conflict in Gaza. This opposition cost him over 100,000 votes in Michigan during the crucial primary in February.
“A Biden ticket is going to drag everyone else down,” said former Ohio Representative Tim Ryan in an interview with Fox News on Sunday. “I believe there will be significant pressure, whether it’s today or tomorrow, sometime this week, as members return, that this situation may be unsustainable.”
Others believe the unknown is too great a risk
Some Democratic leaders argue that any benefit from removing Mr. Biden may be overshadowed by the potential risks.
If the president steps aside, much remains uncertain about what comes next: who would replace him, and how? How would that candidate fare against Trump?
In recent days, several Biden allies have emphasized the drawbacks of changing course, asserting that Mr. Biden has a proven track record of success.
“Biden is old,” said Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, 82, on CBS News on Sunday. “He is not as articulate as he once was. I wish he could leap up the steps on Air Force One, but he can’t. What we need to focus on is policy – whose policies have and will benefit the majority of people in this country.”
California Governor Gavin Newsom, who campaigned for the president over the weekend, echoed similar sentiments at a rally in Doylestown, Pennsylvania on Saturday.
“It’s the hypothetical scenarios that hinder progress in promoting this candidacy,” Mr. Newsom said. “It’s exactly where the other party wants us to be, engaged in this internal struggle, and I think it’s extremely unhelpful.”
Public supporters of Mr. Biden argue that replacing him could directly benefit Trump’s Republicans, who could argue that their opponents are embroiled in party turmoil.
“We need to stop discussing this,” said Representative Debbie Dingell of Michigan on CNN on Sunday. “We have spent a whole week on this. Republicans are having a great time. I mean, we need to return to discussing Donald Trump and his performance.”
A middle path involving keeping Harris?
Former Ohio Representative Tim Ryan proposed a potential replacement earlier this week: Mr. Biden’s Vice President Kamala Harris.
“I firmly believe that our best way forward is Kamala Harris,” he stated in an op-ed for Newsweek. Aquellos que dicen que una candidatura de Harris es un riesgo mayor que el Joe Biden que vimos la otra noche y seguiremos viendo no están viviendo en la realidad. Aunque ha demostrado solo apoyo leal a Biden, la idea de que la Sra. Harris, de 59 años, tome el lugar de Biden ha ganado fuerza en los últimos días. En una entrevista en la mañana del domingo, Adam Schiff dijo que la Sra. Harris podría ganar contra Trump “abrumadoramente”. Como vicepresidenta y contendiente demócrata en 2020, los partidarios dicen que ya está probada en campañas y es familiar para el establishment demócrata y sus recaudadores de fondos. La Sra. Harris “conoce el trabajo”, dijo la ex presidenta del Comité Nacional Demócrata, Donna Brazile, en ABC el domingo. “Pedir a los delegados elegidos para la convención que son partidarios de Biden-Harris que pasen por alto a Kamala Harris… sería una negligencia política”. Pero lo que la hace atractiva para los partidarios también podría ser un problema: la edad no es la única queja de los votantes contra Biden y el equipaje de la administración en torno a las decisiones de política podría extenderse a la Sra. Harris.

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