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Democrats Split on Biden’s Fitness to Lead Party to Victory as He Continues to Stumble in Public

HeadlineJul 08, 2024

President Biden is facing more calls from Democratic lawmakers to drop out of the presidential race as questions continue to mount over his mental fitness. Five members of Congress have publicly called for him to step aside, and four more senior Democratic lawmakers said so during a private call. Biden has repeatedly vowed to stay in the race. He sat down for an interview on Friday with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, who asked if he could beat Donald Trump.

George Stephanopoulos: “Have you convinced yourself that only you can defeat him?”

President Joe Biden: “I convinced myself of two things: I’m the most qualified person to beat him, and I know how to get things done.”

George Stephanopoulos: “If you can be convinced that you cannot defeat Donald Trump, will you stand down?”

President Joe Biden: “Well, it depends on — on if the Lord Almighty comes down and tells me that, I might do that.”

That was from Biden’s first televised interview since his disastrous debate with Trump. Biden also spoke to two radio stations where he was interviewed by hosts who asked him questions that were scripted by Biden’s own campaign. Biden still stumbled during the interviews, saying at one point that he was proud to be “the first Black woman to serve with a Black president.”

President Joe Biden: “I’m proud to be, as I said, the first vice president, the first Black woman to serve with a Black president.”

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