Schumer Tells Donors He’s Ready To Throw Biden Overboard

Majority Leader Tells Donors He's Ready To Throw Biden Overboard

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., talks with reporters outside the West Wing after meeting with President Joe Biden at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is privately signaling to donors that he’s open to a Democratic presidential ticket that isn’t led by President Biden, Axios has learned.

In public, Schumer has been insistent that he is “for Joe.” In private, he’s singing a different tune.

Over the last 12 days, Schumer has been listening to donors’ ideas and suggestions about the best way forward for the party, according to three people familiar with the matter.

The majority leader is one of several Democrats, including former President Obama and former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has the political and personal standing to convince Biden to step aside. Even so, Biden can still dig in and the delegates are pledged to him.

A Schumer spokesman declined to comment.

What we’re hearing: Both before and after the debate, Schumer’s famous flip phone burned up with donors, sharing their views. Schumer has been listening.

Schumer hasn’t indicated who, if anyone, might be a more viable candidate than Biden, a man he served with in the Senate for 20 years.

His focus is on defeating former President Trump and retaining the Democratic majority in the Senate. In addition to donors, he is receiving feedback from his fellow senators.

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