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Biden vows to stay in Presidential race amid Democratic dissent

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President Joe Biden on Friday addressed growing dissent within the Democratic Party urging him to withdraw from the 2024 reelection race following a lackluster debate performance, asserting firmly, “I’m staying in the race.”

In a passionate address to supporters in Wisconsin and an interview with ABC News, Biden positioned himself as the Democratic Party’s best hope to prevent a Republican resurgence led by Donald Trump in the upcoming November election.

His debate performance on June 27, which raised concerns about his mental acuity and stamina at age 81, has fueled internal party debate about his candidacy.

Some Democrats have advocated for Biden to step aside, fearing his continued candidacy could jeopardize the party’s chances and potentially harm down-ballot races. House Democrats and several senators are expected to discuss this issue when they reconvene in Washington next week.

Public opinion polls have shown Trump gaining ground since the debate, with a Reuters/Ipsos poll revealing that one in three Democrats prefer Biden to exit the race. Despite this, Biden remains resolute.

“We had a little debate last week. Can’t say it was my best performance. But ever since then there’s been a lot of speculation. ‘What’s Joe gonna do? Is he gonna stay in the race? Is he gonna drop out?’ Well, here’s my answer: I am running and gonna win again,” Biden declared.

In a 22-minute interview with ABC News, Biden reiterated that his debate performance was an anomaly, emphasizing that other polls depict a more favorable position for him against Trump. He dismissed concerns about his cognitive abilities, stating that his last physical exam on February 28 deemed him fit for duty.

Biden emphasized his determination to remain in the race, stating, “I am the best candidate to take on Trump, and only ‘Lord almighty’ could oust me from the race.”

However, Biden’s reassurances have been met with skepticism. Democratic strategist David Axelrod remarked on CNN, “He seems not to be able to compute the fact that people have these questions about him.”

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A senior Democratic National Committee official indicated that Biden is unlikely to step aside unless there is significant pressure from Capitol Hill.

Senator Mark Warner, a respected moderate Democrat, has reportedly invited Democratic senators to a meeting to discuss Biden’s campaign. Warner aims to gauge support for potentially urging Biden to reconsider his candidacy.

Biden, however, claims to have the backing of many lawmakers and dismissed Warner’s call as an outlier.

At the Wisconsin rally, Biden expressed gratitude for Vice President Kamala Harris’s support. Harris, seen as a potential successor, tweeted her endorsement, affirming Biden’s lifelong commitment to fighting for Americans.

Despite some high-profile dissent, including Illinois Representative Mike Quigley calling for Biden to step aside, Biden remained defiant. He criticized Trump’s intelligence and honesty while addressing those doubting his leadership, “They’re trying to push me out of the race.

Well, let me say this as clearly as I can: I’m staying in the race! I’ll beat Donald Trump. I will beat him again in 2020,” Biden said, before correcting himself to 2024.

Some donors and business leaders have voiced their dissatisfaction, pausing contributions and exploring alternatives. Even close allies like former Speaker Nancy Pelosi have raised concerns about Biden’s health.

Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey issued a cautious statement urging Biden to reflect on his decision, emphasizing the need for the best candidate to defeat Trump.

Trump’s campaign has seized the opportunity, launching attacks on Harris and falsely claiming credit for pushing Biden out of the race. A letter from business and civic leaders to the White House on Friday urged Biden to reconsider his candidacy, although support remains if he continues his campaign.

Biden’s former chief of staff, Ron Klain, defended the president, emphasizing party unity and dismissing donor complaints. “We are the Democratic Party!” Klain asserted on X, underscoring that donors do not dictate the party’s leadership.

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