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Biden Gives Reporters 4-Word Response Amid Pressure to Drop Out

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Under mounting pressure from his party to step aside, President Joe Biden told reporters in front of the White House that he intends to remain in the November contest.

“I’m not going anywhere,” Biden told reporters.

During a poor performance in CNN’s debate against former President Donald Trump last week, Biden struggled to clearly answer questions and clarify his plans. Now, Democratic legislators, funders, and analysts have started urging the president to drop out of the race before the convention.

Biden hailed WW2 veterans as heroes who battled for freedom and democracy on the White House lawn. The address was meant to persuade the followers of the president that he is still qualified to challenge Trump. Biden answered reporters on his political future as he concluded his address, stating he was not wavering from the 2024 contest.

“You got me, man. I’m not going anywhere. Alright,” Biden told reporters. “You know, I used to think, when I was a Senator, there was always congestion on the highways. There’s no congestion anymore! We go out on the highway and there’s no congestion!”

He continued, “The way they get me to stop talking, they’ll say, ‘we just shut down all the roads, Mr. President. You’re gonna lose all the votes if you don’t get in,’ but anyway.”

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Mediaite reported: “According to multiple reports, Biden spoke with Democratic governors at a private meeting at the White House on Wednesday evening, where he attempted to reassure them about his candidacy.The president told the elected officials that he needed to get more sleep and that his staff have been instructed to avoid scheduling events for him after 8 p.m.”

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Earlier this week, reports broke alleging that Biden is seriously contemplating whether he should remain the Democratic presidential nominee.

According to a New York Times report, Biden told a “key ally” he realizes he might not be able to win re-election if he cannot persuade the American people he is fit to serve following his horrendous debate performance.

“The president, who the ally emphasized is still deeply in the fight for re-election, understands that his next few appearances heading into the holiday weekend — including an interview scheduled for Friday with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News and campaign stops in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — must go well,” the report said.

“He knows if he has two more events like that, we’re in a different place” by the end of the weekend, the unnamed source told the Times.

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White House Spokesman Andrew Bates disputed the report, saying: “That claim is absolutely false. If the New York Times had provided us with more than 7 minutes to comment, we would have told them so.”

“The conversation is the first indication to become public that the president is seriously considering whether he can recover after a devastating performance on the debate stage in Atlanta on Thursday. Concerns are mounting about his viability as a candidate and whether he could serve as president for another four years. Campaign officials were nervously watching polls, recognizing that bad numbers could fuel the crisis. A CBS News poll on Wednesday showed former President Donald J. Trump edging ahead of Mr. Biden since the debate with 50 percent to 48 percent nationally and 51 percent to 48 percent in battleground states,” the Times reported.

A top adviser to Biden, who also spoke under the condition of anonymity to address the matter, said the president was “well aware of the political challenge he faces.”

The NYT added: “Biden is slowly reaching out to Democratic elected officials and has a meeting with Democratic governors at the White House scheduled for Wednesday evening. He is also continuing to reach out to people he has long trusted and has told at least one person that he is open to the possibility that his plans to move on from his debate performance — and flip the focus back to his challenger, Mr. Trump — may not work. Several allies of Biden, who has huddled with the family and advisers since the debate on Thursday, have underscored that the president is still in the fight of his political life and largely sees this moment as a chance to come back from being counted out, as he has done many times throughout his half-century career.”

Biden got some unwanted news from a majority of Americans in a new survey following his terrible debate performance against Trump.

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According to a CBS News/YouGov poll released on Sunday, a staggering 72 percent of Americans believe that Biden does not have the “mental and cognitive health to serve as president.”

This marks a 7-point increase from just three weeks ago. In comparison, voters are evenly divided on whether former President Donald Trump has the mental and cognitive capacity for the job, with 50 percent saying he does and 49 percent saying he does not.

According to the survey, an overwhelming number of Americans, including almost half of his own party, believe that the president should not run for reelection.

Overall, 72 percent of respondents told CBS/YouGov that Biden should not seek reelection, and this includes a surprising 46 percent of Democrats.

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