Dem Rep. Torres on Biden: Numbers Matter, Feelings Don’t

Rep. Ritchie Torres, D-N.Y., said Wednesday that Democrats must put poll numbers over feelings in determining whether to continue with President Joe Biden as the party’s presidential nominee.

“In determining how to proceed as a party, there must be a serious reckoning with the down-ballot effect of whomever we nominate,” Torres said in a post on X. “What matters is not how we feel but what the numbers tell us.”

According to The Hill, the New York Democrat raised the alarm over potential down-ballot consequences that could result from ignoring Biden’s plummeting poll numbers since the first presidential debate on June 27. The president’s shaky and halting debate performance did little to inspire confidence among members of his party that he is capable of defeating former President Donald Trump in November’s election.

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