Biden ‘absolutely not’ withdrawing from presidential race: White House

US President Joe Biden vowed to stay in the 2024 presidential race during a call with campaign staff on Wednesday, amid reports that he was reconsidering running for the top post after his poor performance in the first presidential debate on June 27.

Biden called members of his campaign team and told them that he wasn’t “going anywhere”, according to a report in news agency Reuters.

“I am running,” Biden said, adding he remained the Democratic Party leader and wasn’t being pushed out, according to the report.

Asked on Wednesday if Biden was considering stepping down, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was quoted as saying: “Absolutely not.”

The President spoke to Representative Hakeem Jeffries, the minority leader in the House of Representatives, on Tuesday, and Senator Chuck Schumer, the majority leader in the Senate, on Wednesday, a White House official told Reuters.

Earlier, The New York Times had reported that Biden had told a key ally that he knows he may not be able to salvage his candidacy if his next few public appearances do not go well. However, the ally emphasised that Biden is still deeply in the fight for re-election, the report stated.

Notably, Biden’s poor performance against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the debate in Atlanta on June 27 heightened concerns that he might not be fit to serve another four-year term.

According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, one in three Democrats think Biden should end his re-election bid following the debate. However, no prominent elected Democrat does any better than Biden in a hypothetical matchup against Trump, the poll suggests.

Published By:

Ashutosh Acharya

Published On:

Jul 4, 2024

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