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Biden Says “Firmly Committed” To Staying In Presidential Race

Joe Biden urged Democratic lawmakers on Monday to either support his reelection campaign or challenge him at the party convention next month, as his bid for reelection enters a critical phase. The 81-year-old president remained defiant against calls to step aside, following a poor debate performance against Republican rival Donald Trump last month that heightened concerns about his age and ability to serve a second term.

Biden faces additional scrutiny this week as he hosts a NATO summit in Washington, with allies seeking reassurance amid polls predicting a potential Trump victory in November. In a call to MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Biden expressed confidence that the “average voter” still supported him and voiced frustration with party elites, challenging any dissenters to run against him at the convention.

Biden also issued a lengthy letter to Democratic lawmakers, asserting his commitment to remain in the race and rejecting calls to step down. He emphasized that the debate over his candidacy had been extensive and needed to conclude.

The president’s performance at the NATO summit will be closely watched, particularly after concerns arose from his debate performance, where he struggled with his train of thought and speech clarity, which he attributed to jetlag and a cold. Senior congressmen have reportedly suggested Biden step aside, adding pressure on Democratic lawmakers returning from a recess to either support him or urge him to withdraw.

Tuesday’s NATO summit, marking the alliance’s 75th anniversary, could be pivotal, with Biden expected to attend several meetings and hold a press conference. European countries are wary of Trump’s potential return, given his past criticisms of NATO and admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Biden’s campaign schedule includes preparations for the summit and a series of events in key states later in July. First Lady Jill Biden will campaign in Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina, while the president will head to Michigan on Friday before returning to his home in Rehoboth, Delaware. With the party convention in mid-August and election day four months away, time is running out for any move to replace Biden as the nominee. Despite this, Biden and his team are determined to push forward, planning an intense campaign schedule with numerous TV spots and state visits.

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