Michigan’s Scholten becomes latest Hill Dem to call for Biden to drop reelection bid

Rep. Hillary Scholten (D-Mich.), a frontline Democrat from a critical swing state, became the 11th Democratic member of Congress and 10th from the House to call for President Joe Biden to stand down from his reelection bid on Thursday.

In a Thursday statement and social media post, Scholten said, “President Biden has served his country well, but for the sake of our democracy, he must pass the torch to a new candidate for the 2024 election.” In an interview with The Detroit News, she said she would respect Biden’s decision and vote for him if he ultimately continues in the race.

Scholten won her Grand Rapids-based seat in 2022 and joins frontline Reps. Pat Ryan (D-N.Y.) and Angie Craig (D-Minn.) in calling for Biden to abandon his bid for a second term.