Democratic governor tells President Biden: 'Path to victory is top priority'


Democratic governor tells President Biden: 'Path to victory is top priority'


Twenty-four Democratic governors met with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday night to make sure they can weather the fallout from Biden's disastrous debate performance, which saw him defeat Donald Trump in the fall.



But
afterward, several governors said they "support him," but also stressed that their ultimate goal is to find a "path to victory."



Instead
of presenting a clear united front in support of Biden after the meeting, only three of the 10 governors who met with Biden in person at the White House left the West Wing together to address a large group of reporters.



"The
governors are his supporters, and we're working together to make that very clear. The path to victory in November is the No. 1 priority, and that's the president's No. 1 priority," said Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, chairman of the Democratic Governors Association.



The
Democratic Governors Association had requested a meeting with Biden after its members expressed concerns not only about Biden's performance in the debate, but also about the campaign's response to it. Maryland Governor Wes Moore also spoke briefly to reporters, but said the conversation was "honest" and "candid."



"When
you love someone, you tell the truth," Moore said, adding that the governors were honest about the concerns they've heard from other Democrats since the Biden-Trump debate. "We said we support the president because the president continued to tell us and continue to show that he's doing his best," Moore said.


He
added, "The president has always supported us and we will continue to support him because the results we've seen under this administration are undeniable."



New
York Governor. Governor Kathy Hochul, the third governor to speak to reporters, made a clear case for pursuing Biden as the Democratic nominee.



"I
came here today to say that President Joe Biden is going to win today. The stakes couldn't be higher, and we're all pledging our support to him," Hochul said. "We have a lot of confidence in his abilities."



Michigan
Governor Gretchen Whitmer, California Governor Gavin Newsom and J.B. Pritzker of Illinois and Andy Beshear of Kentucky were among the governors who met with Biden at the White House, but did not speak to reporters.



"I
heard three words from the president tonight: he's doing his best, and so am I," Newsom said in a statement on X shortly after the meeting ended. "Joe Biden has supported us. Now it's time to help him."



Others
attending in person were Delaware Governor John Carney, Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey and Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee. Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser also attended the meeting.


North
Carolina Governor. Roy Cooper, one of the 14 governors who attended the virtual meeting, reiterated his support for Biden in a social media post after the meeting.



"Donald
Trump is an existential threat to our democracy, and everyone there agreed that it is essential that we defeat him," Cooper said. "President Biden told us he definitely intends to run for reelection. He is our candidate, and we will continue to do everything in our power to win North Carolina for him."



In
a statement after the meeting, the Biden campaign said, "All participants reaffirmed our shared commitment to doing everything we can to ensure that President Biden and Vice President Harris defeat President Donald Trump in November."



The
White House and Biden campaign have spent the past week trying to contain the damage from Biden's debate debacle. Biden was unable to think or finish anything throughout the debate, alarming Democrats and raising calls for him to withdraw from the race.