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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is open to replacing Joe Biden as the Democratic nominee amid concerns about the president's mental health and his chances of winning re-election, Axios reports.

The New York Democrat has privately expressed his concerns to donors, Axios said, citing three people familiar with the matter. He has publicly endorsed Biden, even though other senators have expressed concerns about Biden leading the party's ticket.

“I'm for Joe,” Schumer told Bloomberg News curtly, repeating his catchphrase this week when asked about the Axios report. He declined to comment further.

The Biden team did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment. A spokesman for Schumer declined to comment.

Schumer invited senior Biden campaign advisers to come to the Capitol on Thursday to brief senators and address their outstanding concerns directly.

Combined with new calls for the president to resign on Wednesday – brought by Democratic lawmakers and Hollywood donors – the Senate session underscores how dangerous Biden's political position remains.

While the president has so far managed to avoid a conflict among influential party members that could make his continued candidacy impossible, his allies remain deeply concerned about the viability of his campaign and the risk it poses to other elected Democrats.

Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had previously said on MSNBC on Wednesday that Biden should decide quickly whether to stay in the race, even though he sent a letter to lawmakers on Monday announcing his decision.

In an interview with CNN on Tuesday evening, Democratic Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado said he had told his colleagues at an earlier meeting that he did not believe Biden could defeat Trump.

Bennet said on Wednesday that he was “looking forward” to meeting with representatives of Biden's campaign team.

“We should have had it 10 days ago,” he said.

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