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Ryan, Delgado call for President Biden to step aside

Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY 20) chats with Lieutenant Governor of New York Antonio Delgado (D) in Albany, August 10, 2022
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Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY 20) chats with Lieutenant Governor of New York Antonio Delgado (D) in Albany, August 10, 2022

In a break with Governor Kathy Hochul, New York Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado is joining a growing number of Democrats calling on President Joe Biden to halt his re-election bid.

Delgado released a statement saying he has immense respect for Biden, but worries the president isn’t up to the task of defeating former President Donald Trump in November.

Delgado’s statement came hours after his successor in Congress, Democrat Pat Ryan of the 18th district, announced his own preference for a different candidate.

For her part, Hochul says she was reassured during a White House meeting with Biden last week and has stood by the embattled president.

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A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.