Biden tells Democratic donors, ‘We need two more senators’

LOS ANGELES – In two fundraisers here on Friday, President Joe Biden urged Democratic donors to send him reinforcements up Capitol Hill to keep Republicans out of power and remove his agenda from the current stalemate.

“We need two more senators,” Biden said at the second fundraiser, a reference to Sens. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, two members of the Democratic faction he’s trying to win over.

Without naming any of them, he said they are “slowing down what we can do.”

Democrats will have a hard time winning seats in this year’s midterm election, and Republicans are poised to retake control of Congress.

But Biden described himself as an optimist as he urged donors to keep opening their wallets to support his party. Each fundraiser raised about $2.5 million, according to a Democratic National Committee official.

The first was intimate, with a few dozen participants. It took place on the back patio of the home of Andrew Hauptman, a private investor. Jeffrey Katzenberg, the Hollywood producer, was also there.

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The second fundraiser was held at the home of entertainment mogul Haim Saban on Muholland Drive. Numerous donors sat under a tent set up on the property’s tennis court.

During the fundraiser there, Biden touted economic progress under his oversight, but acknowledged it prices are likely to continue to rise.

“We’re going to live with this inflation for a while longer,” he said. It will gradually wear off, but we’ll live with it for a while.”

Biden also spoke emotionally about the toll of two recent gun shootings in Uvalde, Texas and Buffalo, New York.

He scoffed at the idea that teachers should be armed, noting how long it takes to train a soldier to use a firearm.

He pantomimed a gun with his fingers and said, “It’s not easy to pick up a rifle or a pistol and blow someone’s brains off.”

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At the first fundraiser, First Lady Jill Biden addressed the President.

“He works as hard as he can,” she said. “We’re moving in the right direction.”

Biden spoke about rallying allies to support Ukraine and recalled how some people doubted US intelligence about the upcoming invasion of Russia.

“Zelenskyi didn’t want to hear it,” he said, referring to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Biden also seemed raw over some of the media coverage of the Summit of the Americas, held in Los Angeles this week. Many stories focused on how some Latin American leaders, most notably the Mexican president, boycotted the summit and other participants made speeches criticized how the US handled the event.

Speaking to the press, Biden said, “I wish they would go back and interview all the heads of state,” insisting that “there is an overwhelming, overwhelming support” for the collaboration.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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