A defiant Joe Biden says only ‘Lord almighty’ could remove him from US presidential race

Tyler Mitchell By Tyler Mitchell Jul7,2024
US President Joe Biden says he does not need a cognitive test to determine whether he has a mental decline as he dismissed calls to step aside in the presidential race.
A defiant Biden, scrambling to defuse the political crisis over , used a 22-minute ABC News interview to argue he was the right candidate to beat Donald Trump.

Under persistent questioning, Biden dismissed polls that showed him trailing Trump and said other surveys have him in a better position.

Asked if he had undergone a specific cognitive test for a neurological exam, Biden, 81, said he had not had one and “no one said I had to”.
Asked if he would undergo a cognitive test, he was dismissive, citing the rigours of the White House as sufficient.

“Look, I have a cognitive test every single day. Every day I have that test – everything I do (is a test),” Biden said.

The debate “was a bad night”

In his first interview since the debate, Biden said he was the best candidate to take on Trump and that only “Lord almighty” could oust him from the race.
Biden cited “a really bad cold” for his stumbling performance at the debate and exhaustion after two trips to Europe.

“I was exhausted. I didn’t listen to my instincts in terms of my preparing. It was a bad night,” he told interviewer George Stephanopoulos.

Biden said he was distracted to some degree by Trump talking when his microphone was shut off during the debate.
“I let it distract me. I realised that I just wasn’t in control,” he said.
Before the interview, Biden offered a defiant defence of his determination to stay in the race at a Wisconsin rally.
“We had a little debate last week. Can’t say it was my best performance. But ever since then there’s been a lot of speculation. ‘What’s Joe gonna do? Is he gonna stay in the race? Is he gonna drop out?” Biden said.

“Well here’s my answer: I am running and gonna win again.”

Calls from Democrats for Biden to step aside

Senator Mark Warner, a well-respected moderate Democrat, is inviting Democratic senators to a meeting on Monday to discuss Biden’s campaign, a source told Reuters.
The Washington Post reported Warner was seeking to ask the group to press Biden to exit the race.
The president told reporters later he had spoken to at least 20 lawmakers and they were telling him to stay.
Asked about Warner calling for him to go, Biden said: “Well, Mark Warner, to my understanding, is the only one considering that.”

Vice President Kamala Harris has emerged as a top choice to replace him were he to step aside as the Democratic Party’s standard-bearer.

Harris posted a supportive note on X, formerly Twitter, saying the president had devoted his life to fighting for Americans.
“In this moment, I know all of us are ready to fight for him,” she said.
But Illinois Democratic Representative Mike Quigley called on Biden to step aside and “let someone else do this” or risk “utter catastrophe”.

Trump’s campaign and some of his allies have launched a pre-emptive political strike on Harris, moving swiftly to try to discredit her.

Kamala Harris holding a microphone.

The Trump campaign has ramped up its attacks on Kamala Harris, who is the most likely candidate to replace Biden if he quits the race. Source: AAP / Pool/ABACA/PA

Trump, 78, who made multiple false statements during the debate, falsely claimed in a video that was circulated on social media he had driven Biden out of the race.

He made disparaging comments about Harris in the same video, which the Trump campaign stood by.

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