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Biden vows to stay in 2024 presidential race despite debate performance concerns

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President Joe Biden reaffirmed his commitment to the 2024 presidential race on Wednesday during calls with campaign staff and meetings with Democratic lawmakers and governors, aiming to dispel doubts following his lackluster debate performance last week.

In a call with worried campaign members, Biden assured them of his resolve, stating, “No one is pushing me out. I’m not leaving. I’m in this race to the end.”

This sentiment was echoed in an email blast urging supporters to contribute to the campaign to help defeat his Republican rival, Donald Trump, in the November 5 election.

Biden also met with 24 Democratic governors and the mayor of Washington, D.C., to reassure them of his capabilities. Afterward, New York, Minnesota, and Maryland governors expressed their continued support.

“The president has always had our backs. We’re going to have his back as well,” Maryland Governor Wes Moore stated.

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Concerns about Biden’s age and mental acuity intensified after his debate with Trump, where he appeared fatigued and occasionally lost his train of thought. The White House attributed his performance to fatigue from recent foreign trips and a cold.

Despite these concerns, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre confirmed that Biden is not considering stepping down. However, recent polls indicate a challenging race ahead, with Trump leading Biden by margins in both the Wall Street Journal and New York Times/Siena surveys.

Internally, some Democrats, like Arizona’s Raúl Grijalva and Massachusetts Representative Seth Moulton, have voiced their concerns about Biden’s viability. Reed Hastings, co-founder of Netflix, also called for Biden to step aside, suggesting Vice President Kamala Harris as a potential replacement.

Harris has garnered support from influential donors, including those aligned with LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, who expressed confidence in her ability to lead if Biden were to step aside. “We would lose Joe’s superpower brand, but we would gain other benefits and would still be competitive,” adviser Dmitri Mehlhorn said.

With pressure mounting, the Democratic Party is closely monitoring Biden’s upcoming interview with ABC News during his campaign visit to Madison, Wisconsin. Senior party member Jim Clyburn suggested a “mini-primary” to select a new candidate if Biden steps down, marking the first public discussion on a potential replacement process.

Governors like Michigan’s Gretchen Whitmer, California’s Gavin Newsom, Illinois’ J.B. Pritzker, Pennsylvania’s Josh Shapiro, and Kentucky’s Andy Beshear have been mentioned as possible contenders if Biden were to exit the race. For now, many of them continue to campaign on Biden’s behalf, emphasizing unity and support for the current president.

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