Remarks by President Biden following a meeting with the Senate Democratic caucus

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US Capitol
Washington, D.C

2:25 p.m. EST

Q Mr. President, are you confident that you can do this?

Q Mr. President, why don’t you get these two votes?

Q What is Plan B?

Q Can you do this?

THE PRESIDENT: First you ask questions on complicated subjects like, “Can you do it?” I hope we can do it. The honest answer to God is I don’t know if we can pull this off.

Is this microphone turned on? I guess – anyway.

And and –

Q We are not sure.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I’m not sure either.

Anyway, I hope we can pull this off, but I’m not sure.

But one thing’s for sure — one thing’s for sure: Like every other great civil rights bill that’s come out, if we miss the first time, we can come back and try a second time. We missed it this time. We missed it this time.

And the state legislatures continue to change the law, not who gets to vote, but who gets to count the votes — votes count. Count the vote! It’s about electoral subversion, not just whether people can vote or not. Who counts the votes? That’s what this is about. That’s what makes it so different from anything else we’ve ever done.

I don’t know if we’re going to pull this off, but one thing I do know: as long as I’ve got a breath in me, as long as I’m in the White House, as long as I’m even engaged, I’m going to fight to change the way that’s how move these legislators.

Thanks very much.

2:26 p.m. EST

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