Obama responds to criticism of Biden’s debate performance, while Biden affirms his commitment to his campaign

A state of “unrest” among Democrats sparked by US President Joe Biden’s debate with his Republican rival, Donald Trump, on Thursday, according to a report published by the newspaper Wall Street Journal.

The newspaper confirms that the debate raised a state of anxiety among some of Biden’s Democratic allies, which prompted lawmakers and wealthy donors to think about “whether or not Biden should remain” a candidate for the Democratic Party, due to concerns about his age.

With a hoarse voice due to a cold, Biden seemed quick to talk about some points during the debate and stumbled over some answers while appearing less confident in others, according to a report published by Reuters.

Early in the debate, Biden paused while making a point about health care and tax reform and appeared to lose his train of thought.

Trump attacked Biden for his ramblings, saying at one point: “I really don’t know what he said at the end of that sentence. I don’t think he knows what he said.”

A report by Agence France-Presse indicated that the American media spoke after the debate about a real “panic” caused by the debate among the Democrats, four months before the elections and about six weeks before the conference in which the American president is supposed to be appointed the party’s official candidate.

Biden: I know how to tell the truth

Biden confirms that he is the right person to confront Trump

Biden said before a gathering of his supporters in North Carolina: “I no longer walk as easily as I used to do before. I no longer speak fluently as I did before. I no longer debate with the same quality as before, but I know how to tell the truth.”

He added, “I know right from wrong. I know how to do this job. I know how to get things done. I know, as millions of Americans know, that when you fall, you get back up.”

Biden continued to his supporters, “Did you see Trump last night? I think he set a new record for the largest number of lies in a single debate.”

He also said, “I would not have run again if I had not believed with all my heart that I was capable of doing this job.”

Biden stressed, “Donald Trump is the greatest threat to this nation. He is a threat to our freedom. He is a threat to our democracy. He is literally a threat to everything America stands for.”

A Biden campaign spokesman later confirmed that there were no talks about replacing Biden, and that the US President planned to participate in another debate with Trump in September.

Democrats are speaking out

Democratic President Joe Biden and Republican Party nominee Donald Trump

A scathing article by Thomas Friedman, who presents himself as a “friend” of the US president, published Friday in the newspaper, The New York Timescriticism of Biden.

The journalist wrote that Biden is “a good man, a good president, but he is not in a position to run for a second term,” revealing that he “cried” when he saw the 81-year-old Democratic president, who appeared exhausted at times and stuttered during a 90-minute debate in front of network cameras. CNN American news.

In a post on the X platform, Maria Shriver, the niece of John F. Kennedy, the US president who was assassinated in 1963, and an ally of Biden, wrote, “My heart is broken.”

Lawmakers said Friday they were “discussing how to move forward” in the wake of the disappointing and troubling debate performance, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Democratic Representative Stephen Lynch said: “I think we have some decisions to make as a party. We must have this discussion immediately. I love him. He is a good and respectable man, but the performance last night was terrible.”

Democratic Rep. Susie Lee said she “doesn’t know if another Democrat would be better positioned to beat Trump in November.”

She added that Democrats “absolutely” need to talk about how to move forward after the debate, and stated that “it was terrible.”

“His debate performance was really disappointing, there’s no other way to say it,” Kate Bedingfield, Biden’s former public relations director, told CNN after the debate.

One of Biden’s donors, who requested anonymity to Reuters, described his performance as “unqualified” and expected that some Democrats would again consider calls for him to withdraw.

“Call to withdraw”

US media criticizes Biden’s performance. Archive

The editorial board of the newspaper called for The New York Times On Friday, Biden decided to withdraw from the race for the White House the day after the debate.

“Biden has been an impressive president,” the newspaper wrote in an editorial published Friday. “Under his leadership, the nation has prospered, begun to address a series of long-standing challenges, and the wounds opened by Trump have begun to heal. But the greatest public service Biden can perform now is to announce that he will not continue… In running for re-election.

In an op-ed titled “To Serve the Country, President Biden Must Leave the Race” for the White House, the New York Times described Biden as a “shadow leader,” after the 81-year-old president “failed his own test.”

Obama: A lot is at stake in November

Obama confirms his support for Biden. Archive

Former Democratic President Barack Obama wrote on Twitter, “Bad debates can happen,” but the election “is still a choice between someone who has fought for ordinary people his entire life and someone who only cares about himself. Between someone who tells the truth and knows right from wrong (Biden)… and someone who lies for his own gain (Trump).”

“Last night didn’t change that, so there’s a lot at stake in November,” Obama added.

Trump reiterates criticism of Biden

Trump repeats his attack on Biden

Trump also returned to the election campaign on Friday, addressing a rally in Virginia where he launched his familiar attacks on Biden.

“It’s not about his age, it’s about his competence,” Trump said, adding, “The question every voter should be asking themselves is not whether Joe Biden can survive a 90-minute debate, but whether America can survive another four years of Fraudster Joe Biden.”

Trump continued, “A lot of people say that after last night’s performance, Joe Biden will leave the race. But in reality, I don’t believe that, because he is doing better in the polls than any of the other Democrats they are talking about.”

Is there an alternative to Biden?

Kamala Harris is the most prominent candidate to replace Biden. Archive

The most prominent candidate to replace him is his deputy, Kamala Harris, who loyally defended his performance on Thursday while admitting that his start was “difficult,” according to Agence France-Presse.

The American writer, Lydia Polgreen, said in an article in: The New York Times “Kamala Harris can win the election,” she said on Friday, adding that she was “the clear and logical way out of the mess Biden has created with his disastrous performance.”

The agency believes that the scenario of choosing another candidate remains completely unlikely. It is expected, barring a major surprise, that the party will officially appoint Biden as its presidential candidate.

Analysts believe that choosing the Democrats as an alternative to Biden will entail several political risks, and Biden will have to decide himself to withdraw to make way for another candidate before the party conference.

If Biden decides to withdraw, Democrats will meet in August in Chicago for what is known as the “open” convention, where the cards will be reshuffled, especially the votes of the delegates who voted for the president.

This scenario, if it actually happens, will be unprecedented since 1968, when the party had to find an alternative to President Lyndon Johnson after the latter withdrew his candidacy in the midst of the Vietnam War.

Vice President Hubert Humphrey was nominated at the time, and he lost the election to Republican Richard Nixon.

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