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Haley Warns GOP To Prepare For ‘Younger,’ More ‘Vibrant’ Replacement for Biden

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Former South Carolina governor and 2024 GOP presidential contender Nikki Haley is warning her party to prepare for President Joe Biden to be replaced with a “younger” and more “vibrant” candidate.

“They are going to be smart about it. They’re going to bring somebody younger. They’re going to bring somebody vibrant. They’re going to bring somebody tested,” Haley told The Wall Street Journal following Biden’s horrific debate performance against former President Donald Trump on Thursday.

“This is a time for Republicans to prepare and get ready for what’s to come because there is no way that there will be a surviving Democratic Party if they allow Joe Biden to continue to be the candidate,” she added.

In a direct reference to Biden’s performance, Haley noted further: “Our enemies just saw that they have between now and Jan. 20 to do whatever it is they want to do.”

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Haley and Trump had a contentious and sometimes bitter rivalry during the primary season, but she told the WSJ that she had recently reached out to the former president, whom she served as UN ambassador, and that the two of them had “a good conversation.” She also said in May she planned to vote for him in November. Trump has since said he expects Haley to be “on our team” in some form should he win in November.

Biden’s family urged him to continue running for office on Sunday and spoke privately about the possibility of firing key aides in the wake of Biden’s appallingly bad debate performance, which has rocked his campaign.

“Biden’s family, including First Lady Jill Biden, son Hunter Biden, and their grandchildren, convened at Camp David for a previously scheduled get-together and implored the president to keep fighting in his bid for reelection, Biden advisers told CNN. One adviser described the family members as offering their ‘unequivocal support,’” CNN reported.

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“The family – clearly frustrated with the team that prepared President Biden ahead of his alarming debate with former President Donald Trump – discussed whether any of Biden’s top advisers should be fired and whether campaign staffing changes should be made, one adviser said,” the outlet added.

CNN added: “Biden and his family convened Sunday for a long-planned photo shoot with renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz. Senior advisers had insisted to CNN on Saturday that the gathering was not aimed at discussing whether the president would remain in the race. Angst toward some of Biden’s key staff members has started to spill out into public view. Florida attorney John Morgan, one of the Democratic Party’s most prolific and prominent donors, singled out senior adviser Anita Dunn and her husband, Bob Bauer, who is Biden’s personal attorney.”

CNN’s Kayla Tausche previously reported that Biden is not thinking about withdrawing from the presidential race despite his terrible debate performance and a concerted lobbying campaign from the leftist media to do so.

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CNN anchor John Berman on Friday morning asked: “Lots of questions for the Biden campaign. What are you hearing from the Biden team, Kayla?”

“Well, John, the Biden team as of this moment plans to pack up what few wins they had on the debate stage last night. You’ve already seen some of those packaged and posted on social media, and to move on and focus on what’s coming down the pike,” Tausche began.

“There are no plans, I’m told, for the president to drop out of the race, and even further, I’m told that the president is still committed to a second debate in September, which is currently scheduled for September 10 and hosted by ABC News, much along the lines of the rules of the debate that was hosted last night,” Tausche added.

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