Top Democrat touted as a Biden replacement says it 'wouldn't hurt' if he took a cognitive test

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By Sarah Ewall-Wice, Senior U.S. Political Reporter

Published: 11:59 EDT, 11 July 2024 | Updated: 12:26 EDT, 11 July 2024

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said it would not wounded for President Biden to person a cognitive trial arsenic nan president faces mounting unit to exit nan statesmanlike title aft his shockingly unspeakable statement performance.

Whitmer, whose sanction has been floated arsenic a imaginable Biden replacement, appeared connected CNN on Wednesday wherever she was asked astir Biden taking a test.

'I don’t deliberation that it would hurt,” nan Democrat said successful consequence to a mobility by anchor Abby Phillip connected whether Biden should return a trial and request that erstwhile President Donald Trump do nan same.

In his question and reply past week pinch ABC News, Biden said he has not had a cognitive trial and nary 1 said he had to. 

The president has not signaled he is consenting to person 1 to combat criticism.

Gov Gretchen Whitmer (D) said successful a CNN question and reply it would not wounded for President Biden to return a cognitive test 

Whitmer antecedently acknowledged nan statesmanlike statement was 'not a awesome success' for Biden, but she has been moving to make nan lawsuit to elite him contempt his mediocre performance. 

'Right now we person a prime betwixt Donald Trump for 4 years which would beryllium destruction  of our economy, of our individual rights, of our expertise to turn manufacturing which has each happened nether Joe Biden,' Whitmer said connected CNN.

'Until Joe Biden says otherwise, he is our campaigner and that's why I effort to punctual people, this is simply a precocious stakes moment.'

Whitmer was asked astir nan evident disconnect betwixt Democratic lawmakers and nan president who insists he is staying successful nan race.

'We are spending a batch of power not connected Donald Trump and nan existential threat earlier america and that gives maine a awesome woody of concern.'

Governor Gretchen Whitmer and President Biden gathering pinch autoworkers successful Warren, MI connected February 1, 2024

Whitmer said she has heard thing 'to nan contrary' that nan president will alteration his mind and exit nan race. 

She besides said she has a batch of activity to do successful her authorities of Michigan, a awesome battleground, to stock pinch voters what Democrats guidelines for and person accomplished. 

President Biden is headed to Detroit connected Friday for a run event. It will beryllium his first sojourn to nan authorities since his devastating statement performance. 

The president won Michigan by conscionable complete 150,000 votes successful 2020. 

The latest canvass released since nan statement shows Biden down 1 constituent to Trump successful nan state. The Emerson canvass has Trump astatine 45 percent and Biden astatine 44 percent.

The ex-president 1 nan authorities successful 2016 earlier it flipped backmost to bluish for Biden. 

Ahead of Biden's sojourn to nan state, Michigan Democratic lawmaker Hillary Scholten called for Biden to measurement aside. She's nan first personnel of nan Michigan delegation to publically do so. 

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