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Joe Biden “Absolutely Not” Pulling Of US Presidential Race, Says White House

Washington, United States: Joe Biden is “absolutely not” withdrawing from the US presidential race, his spokeswoman said Wednesday, amid growing pressure following a difficult debate performance against Donald Trump. Concerns have emerged within his Democratic Party after last week’s TV debate, with internal discussions about potentially finding a replacement candidate before the November election, especially as polls show Trump extending his lead.

Reports from The New York Times and CNN suggested that Biden, 81, had admitted to a key ally that his reelection bid was at risk if he did not quickly reassure the public of his capabilities. However, White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre dismissed these reports, affirming that Biden remains committed to his campaign.

“The president is clear-eyed and he is staying in the race,” Jean-Pierre told reporters.

In a call with campaign and party staffers, Biden reiterated his commitment: “I’m in this race to the end and we’re going to win because when Democrats unite, we will always win. Just as we beat Donald Trump in 2020, we’re going to beat him again in 2024,” according to a source close to the campaign.

He reinforced this message during an emergency meeting with Democratic governors, who expressed their continued support. Maryland Governor Wes Moore, seen as a rising star and potential future presidential candidate, stood alongside Minnesota’s Tim Walz and New York’s Kathy Hochul, voicing their support for Biden.

“As the president continued to tell us, and show us, that he was all in… we said that we would stand with him,” Moore told reporters.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, also considered a potential candidate if Biden were to withdraw, stated on social media platform X that “he is in it to win it and I support him.”

Biden acknowledged his poor performance in the debate, candidly admitting in a radio interview with Wisconsin’s Civic Media, “I screwed up. I made a mistake. That’s 90 minutes on stage. Look at what I’ve done in 3.5 years.”

He echoed this sentiment in another interview with Pennsylvania’s WURD radio, stating, “I had a bad debate.”

The Biden campaign has been working to reassure Democratic donors and voters that his debate performance was an isolated incident. However, some party figures have expressed frustration over what they perceive as deflection and excuses from the president and his aides.

Netflix co-founder Reed Hastings, one of the Democratic Party’s significant donors, suggested that Biden should step aside to allow a vigorous Democratic leader to defeat Trump and maintain safety and prosperity.

Concerns were heightened by a New York Times poll conducted after the debate, which showed Trump with his largest lead ever over Biden, 49 percent to 43 percent of likely voters.

Biden’s response to the aftermath of the debate has drawn criticism for its slow pace. It took six days for Biden to complete a round of calls with Democratic congressional leaders, with staffers expressing dissatisfaction over the delay.

“We are getting to the point where it may not have been the debate that did him in, but the aftermath of how they’ve handled it,” a senior Democratic operative told Washington political outlet Axios.

Biden’s ability to respond effectively may be tested in his first television interview since the debate with ABC News on Friday. He also plans to visit the swing states of Wisconsin and Pennsylvania in the coming days.

The president cited fatigue as a reason for his poor debate performance, explaining that extensive travel had left him tired. However, he had been back in the United States for nearly two weeks and had spent time preparing for the debate.

Some Democratic lawmakers have begun to voice their doubts publicly. Arizona congressman Raul Grijalva became the second sitting Democrat to suggest Biden consider stepping aside.

“If he’s the candidate, I’m going to support him, but I think that this is an opportunity to look elsewhere,” Grijalva said, according to the Times.

In Scranton, Pennsylvania, where Biden grew up, residents expressed sympathy for the president, although campaign signs for either candidate were notably absent.

“I was embarrassed for him. I felt he didn’t feel well and he probably shouldn’t have gone on the stage,” said 73-year-old Jamie Hayes.

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