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Allies Reject Calls For Biden Dropping Out Of Race

Allies Reject Calls For Biden Dropping Out Of Race

Allies Reject Calls For Biden Dropping Out Of Race

WASHINGTON, DC (ANI) – While President Joe Biden was away at Camp David for a long-planned family get-together, key US Democratic leaders stood firmly behind his back, rejecting the notion that he should end his 2024 campaign for a second four-year term in the White House because of his halting and disjointed debate performance last week against former President Donald Trump.

The showing was so bad that the focus has been on Biden rather than what is being considered the “usual pack of lies” by Trump which would have otherwise been in the spotlight.

Democratic allies of Biden readily acknowledged the 81-year-old Biden’s shortcomings in the nationally televised 90-minute debate in which he struggled at times to complete sentences and at one point mistakenly said he had killed off Medicare, the government’s health insurance program for older Americans.

According to a new CBS-YouGov poll, Americans, by a 72-27 percent margin, do not think that Joe Biden has the “mental and cognitive health to serve as president,” a reading that was seven percentage points worse on the same question compared to three weeks ago.

However, national polling between Biden and Trump still showed the contest remains a dead heat.

Meanwhile, key Democratic officials rejected the suggestion of some rank-and-file Democrats and the editorials in The New York Times and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he drop out of the race for a younger candidate.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is the leading newspaper in the key southern political battleground state of Georgia.

“Oh, absolutely not,” Georgia Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock told NBC’s “Meet the Press” program. “Bad debates happen. The question is, ‘Who has Donald Trump ever shown up for other than himself and people like himself?’ I’m with Joe Biden, and it’s our assignment to make sure that he gets over the finish line come November.”

Representative Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, a prominent Joe Biden supporter, told CNN’s “State of the Union” show, “I do not believe that Joe Biden has a problem leading for the next four years because he’s done a great job of leading for the last three-and-a-half years. I always say that the best predictor of future behavior is past performance.” He contended that what happened at the debate was “preparation overload.”

Governor Wes Moore of Maryland said on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” that “the president had a difficult night just like every single one of us do” but that it should not force him out of the November 5 election.

“Joe Biden is not going to take himself out of this race, nor should he.” Biden’s campaign, in a Saturday night fundraising appeal, says replacing him as the Democratic standard-bearer would lead to weeks of chaos before the August national party convention to pick a new nominee and be “a highway to losing” the national election.

Kate Bedingfield, a former Biden White House communications aide, told CNN that the Biden campaign had raised USD 33 million since the debate.

Reince Priebus, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee and once Trump’s White House chief of staff, called Joe Biden staying in the race “just all downside for Joe Biden.”

Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, said, “He’s (Biden) a decent man. He’s a failed president. He is compromised. That’s the storyline here. That’s what the world saw, a compromised president.”

Biden, after spending the weekend at campaign fundraising events in New York and New Jersey, went to Camp David, the presidential retreat outside Washington, for a long-planned family get-together, according to VOA.

Joe Biden has not indicated that he plans to drop out of the race and, in fact, voiced just the opposite.

The day after the debate, Biden told supporters, “I know I’m not a young man. I don’t walk as easily as I used to. I don’t speak as smoothly as I used to. I don’t debate as well as I used to, but I know what I do know: I know how to tell the truth!”

Biden added that he would not be running for a second term if he did not believe “with all my heart and soul I can do this.”

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  • The following is the latest on this issue from reuters.com:

    Top Democrats rule out replacing Biden amid calls for him to quit 2024 race
    David Morgan
    July 1, 20246:37 AM PDTUpdated 8 hours ago

    The following are relevant excerpts:

    “Top Democrats on Sunday ruled out the possibility of replacing President Joe Biden as the Democratic nominee after a feeble debate performance and called on party members to focus instead on the consequences of a second Donald Trump presidency.
    After days of hand-wringing about Biden’s poor night on stage debating Trump, Democratic leaders firmly rejected calls for their party to choose a younger presidential candidate for the Nov. 5 election.”

    “The New York Times cited people close to the situation as saying that Biden’s family were urging him to stay in the race and keep fighting. The paper said some members of his clan privately expressed exasperation at how his staff prepared him for Thursday night’s event.”

    “With Democratic leaders rallying around him, it will be up to Biden to decide whether he wants to end his re-election bid.
    But other Democrats held open the possibility of choosing a different presidential candidate.
    Representative Jamie Raskin, a prominent Democrat in Congress, told MSNBC that “very honest and serious and rigorous conversations” were taking place within the party.”

    “The New York Times said one of the strongest voices imploring Biden to resist pressure to drop out was his son Hunter, who on June 11 became the first child of a sitting president to be convicted of a felony after a jury found him guilty of lying about illegal drug use when he purchased a handgun in 2018.”

    July 1, 2024

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