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Panicky White House Hits Post-Debate Damage Control Button As 80% of Voters Say Biden 'Too Old'

© AFP 2023 / JIM WATSONUS President Joe Biden looks on during a Medal of Honor ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on July 3, 2024.
US President Joe Biden looks on during a Medal of Honor ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on July 3, 2024.  - Sputnik International, 1920, 04.07.2024
The White House is scrambling to insist that Joe Biden has "absolutely" no intention of dropping out as the Democratic nominee for the November race. The veteran Democrat seemed to be "clear-eyed" and committed to staying in the race, despite Wednesday's media reports that suggested Biden had conceded to an ally that he was eyeing exiting the race.
President Biden and his allies have called all hands on deck to figure out a scheme to “rebuild confidence” in the 81-year-old leader's mental acuity, but it may be too late.
That said, 80 percent of the nation’s voters are insisting that the Democrat is simply too old to run for a second term, according to a Wall Street Journal poll released on Wednesday. Furthermore, this figure has risen 7 points as compared to the Journal’s survey in February. The WSJ poll was conducted in the wake of Biden’s disastrous debate against Trump - his first of the 2024 election cycle.
The June 27 face-off turned out to be a huge flop for the 81-year-old contender. Biden’s performance was punctuated with cringeworthy freeze-ups and slip-ups, which sent Democrats into panic mode.
Дебаты между Дональдом Трампом и Джо Байденом в Атланте  - Sputnik International, 1920, 02.07.2024
Biden’s Progressing Mental Decline No Longer Secret Anymore After Failed Debate
Discussions on when Biden might hit the exit ramp and bow out due to medical reasons exploded across all corners of the US media landscape. Reports were also rampant that allies of the US Vice President were privately discussing scenarios of a Kamala Harris candidacy. First, Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) urged Biden to drop out of the race on Tuesday, then Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), revealed in an MSNBC interview that he would back Harris if Biden stepped down.
A Wednesday report in the New York Times added fuel to the fire by claiming that Biden told a close ally he is wondering whether or not to stay in the election race.
As part of the scramble to undo the damage in the last 48 hours, Biden has:
Phoned top Democrats in Congress on Tuesday and Wednesday, including House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), and Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), according to Politico.
Reportedly met in private with over 20 Democratic governors on Wednesday evening to tell them he underwent a medical checkup after the debate and is fine.
Unexpectedly joined a Zoom call with campaign and Democratic National Committee staff on Wednesday. “Let me say this as clearly as I possibly can — as simply and straightforward as I can: I am running … no one’s pushing me out. I’m not leaving. I’m in this race to the end and we’re going to win,” Politico cited Biden as saying during the call.
Vice President Kamala Harris  - Sputnik International, 1920, 03.07.2024
Allies of VP Harris Plan for Scenario If Biden Drops Out of Presidential Race - Reports
Sen. Chris Coons (D., Del.), after speaking with Biden on Tuesday, said that the president was “determined to beat Donald Trump.” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre rushed to tell reporters on Wednesday that Joe Biden "is clear-eyed and he is staying in the race."
But pressure is growing exponentially, with dozens of Democratic lawmakers reportedly mulling signing a letter demanding that Biden withdraw from the race, according to an unnamed senior party official.
US President Joe Biden speaks during a news conference following his meeting with Chinese president Xi Jinping, ahead of the G20 leaders' summit, in Bali, Indonesia - Sputnik International, 1920, 04.07.2024
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