Pritzker Recorded on Hot Mic Discussing Biden’s Election Status – NBC Chicago

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has publicly thrown his support behind President Joe Biden amid questions about his age after a contentious debate. However, he was caught on microphone admitting there were concerns about ongoing discussions about the incumbent president’s status in the race.

Pritzker was speaking with others at an event promoting a massive investment in violence prevention strategies when he began talking about the controversy surrounding the president with just a month to go until the Democratic National Convention.

“We’re just going to keep fighting. I don’t know what to say,” he said. “We’re going to do what we have to do. I don’t like where we’re at.”

A spokeswoman for the governor confirmed to NBC Chicago that he spoke about the presidential election and the discussion about Biden’s status as the Democratic candidate.

Pritzker has repeatedly said he supported Biden for the nomination, even after his performance at the debate in late June.

“Joe Biden is our nominee. I am for Joe Biden. I campaigned for Joe Biden,” he said.

Questions have been mounting around Biden as numerous Democrats, including Rep. Mike Quigley of Illinois, have called on the president to step aside and allow another candidate to run for the White House following a much-criticized performance in the June debate with former President Donald Trump.

“I started speaking last Tuesday because I’m afraid we’re running out of time,” Quigley said. “I believe we need to make a change and we need to do it before the Democratic convention.”

Biden’s campaign has continued to plan events and fundraising calls in response to these questions, and White House officials have also commented on members of Congress who remain on the president’s side.

“He’s going to focus on continuing his work on behalf of the American people, building on the unprecedented record that he’s been able to achieve with many of these members of Congress that he’s proud to have worked with. But that’s his focus now,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said.

After expressing his support for Biden, Pritzker was also asked whether he shared the same view as Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who said she is not interested in being nominated if Biden leaves office.

“What I can tell you is I’m not going to get into hypotheticals, you see I’m all for Joe Biden,” he said. “Joe Biden is going to be the nominee for the Democratic Party.”

Pritzker was on a call with governors to shore up support for Biden across the country, and that effort will continue Tuesday as Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson joins a call with Democratic mayors. He reiterated his support for Biden ahead of that call.

“There’s only one person on the ballot who has ever defeated former President Trump, and that’s President Joe Biden,” he said. “He has a proven track record that is truly unmatched and unparalleled.”

As he pushes Biden’s candidacy, Pritzker has been busy raising his national profile — this weekend, he spoke at Democratic rallies in Indiana and Ohio. Whether that’s to support Biden or raise his own profile, Pritzker said the message ultimately matters more than who’s delivering it.

“I think you could say that about all the deputies that travel around the Midwest or the country, they introduce themselves in some way, but what we do primarily is talk about why it’s important to reelect Joe Biden,” he said.

The governor rejects those who suggest a brokered convention could take place when Democrats meet in Chicago in August.

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