Should 'sleepy' Joe Biden be allowed to run in the US elections against populist Donald Trump?

Should 'sleepy' Joe Biden be allowed to run in the US elections against populist Donald Trump?

  • Yes, because he is the sitting President

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters

The Bald Eagle

Super Moderator
Staff member
Nov 25, 2023

60% of Americans say Biden is not fit for another term as president after disastrous debate — yet 2024 contest with Trump remains too close to call​

A new Yahoo News/YouGov poll confirms what most viewers sensed after last Thursday’s presidential debate: that it was a disastrous night for the 81-year-old President Biden, who looked unsteady, sounded sick, stumbled over his words and, at one point, lost his train of thought entirely.

A full 60% of Americans now say Biden is not “fit to serve another term as president.” Just 24% say he is fit. The president’s fitness rating has only been that low once before, in November 2023, and it has never been worse.

Yet the survey of 1,754 U.S. adults, which was conducted from June 28 to July 1, also shows that Biden (43%) remains statistically tied with his Republican rival, former President Donald Trump

(45%), in a head-to-head matchup among registered voters — even after a performance that seemed to substantiate long-standing concerns about the president’s age and competence going forward.

In short, Biden’s vulnerability has never been more apparent — but Trump remains too flawed to fully capitalize.

A truly terrible debate for Biden
There is no sugarcoating Biden’s debate numbers. Roughly three out of every four Americans (74%) say they either watched the debate (56%) or saw enough video clips afterwards to have an opinion about how it went (18%). A full 84% of registered voters report watching the debate (66%) or catching clips afterwards (18%).

Among that group of registered voters, a clear majority (57%) say Trump won the debate. Just 16% say Biden was the winner.

It’s rare, in our sharply polarized era, to see a margin that big. It’s also a stark shift from 2020. To put the president’s dismal debate numbers in perspective, the Yahoo News/YouGov surveys conducted in October of that year — which asked identical questions — found that Biden easily beat Trump among registered voters in their first debate (43% to 27%) while edging him in their second clash as well (48% to 41%). Still, in neither case did a majority of Americans name Biden the winner.

Source: Yahoo News

Struggling Biden faces big test with ABC interview, vows to fight on​

US President Joe Biden, scrambling to defuse a political crisis over his shaky debate performance, will participate in a television interview on Friday that will be closely watched for signs of whether his mental acuity is failing.

Biden will travel to Madison, Wisconsin, to rally Democratic voters. During the trip he will be interviewed by ABC News, part of a flurry of events over the next week aimed at showing Americans he still has the stamina to run against Republican candidate Donald Trump in the November 5 election.

While Biden insists he is staying in the race and that his health is not faltering, he is under enormous pressure to step aside and open a path for 59-year-old Vice President Kamala Harris.

Some donors are making their displeasure known loudly, halting funding or looking at possible Democratic alternatives. Even some of Biden’s closest political allies, like former speaker Nancy Pelosi, have raised questions about his health.

Several public opinion polls have shown Trump establishing a sizeable lead over the Democratic president since the debate, while a Reuters/Ipsos poll found one in three Democrats want Biden to quit the race.

The White House has blamed a cold for Biden’s shaky performance and Biden himself cited jet lag from back-to-back trips to Europe.

The ABC interview offers the likelihood of unscripted comments from Biden, who relies heavily on the use of a teleprompter for his public remarks.

At Fourth of July holiday ceremonies on the White House South Lawn on Thursday night, Biden responded quickly when someone shouted at him to “keep up the fight”.

“You got me, man,” Biden responded. “I’m not going anywhere.”

Harris is a strong contender to take his place if Biden were to drop out, sources have said, though his allies believe he can still assuage the concerns of voters and donors.

Trump’s campaign and some of his allies have launched a pre-emptive political strike on Harris, moving swiftly to try to discredit her amid talk that she could eventually replace Biden as the Democrats’ nominee.

The Biden campaign showed no signs of slowing down, although the Trump team has overtaken it on fundraising. The campaign announced it would spend $50 million on a media blitz for the month of July, “including strategic investments around key events that draw in large and politically diverse audiences like the 2024 Olympic Games and the Republican National Convention”.

Trump, 78, who made multiple false statements from the debate stage in Atlanta, falsely claimed in a video that was circulated on social media that he had driven Biden out of the race. He made disparaging comments about Harris in the same video, which the Trump campaign stood by.

Source: Reuters
Kamala Harris will be the Democratic nominee. Biden's time is up and the media have turned against him.
Biden has ensured the Trump will be elected back in Nov, and infact the mandate for Republicans will be sweeping.
The only saving grace is the overturning of Roe v/s Wade thats holding some respectable fight for Democrats and even on the abortion issue, Trump and Republicans are turning mildly moderate.

Apart from many other issues, I believe this pandering to Trans-rights by the left in Western world has really pushed a lot of the people in the centre to the right. Even Starmer had to back track from his previous stands on trans rights in UK. Regular folks are not comfortable with insertion of trans talks in every day discourse.
She would be equally pathetic, pity for democrates once they had guys like Bernie Sanders as early drop outs from Presidential race but now even can't bring up a proper nominee to challenge Trump
Kamala Harris will be the Democratic nominee. Biden's time is up and the media have turned against him.
She would be equally pathetic, pity for democrates once they had guys like Bernie Sanders as early drop outs from Presidential race but now even can't bring up a proper nominee to challenge Trump
Corbyn ,Sanders might be good people but they cannot run a capitalist country in this world.

Jimmy Carter was a good human but almost destroyed America with limitations and his policies.
Corbyn ,Sanders might be good people but they cannot run a capitalist country in this world.

Jimmy Carter was a good human but almost destroyed America with limitations and his policies.
The bitter truth, good guys are always unacceptable to the deep state and establishment elements.
Trump too confident this team and he has every reason for it
Donald Trump offered a blunt assessment of Joe Biden, describing him as a "broken-down pile of crap" on the verge of "quitting the race" in a recently leaked video

The clip, acquired by the Daily Beast, showcases the 78-year-old former president discussing the 2024 presidential campaign while sitting in a golf cart, holding cash, with his son Barron nearby. The video, taken after last week’s presidential debate, captures Trump’s candid commentary on the race.

In the video, Trump asked off-camera, “How did I do with the debate the other night?” He then predicted that Biden would not seek re-election, stating, “He just quit, you know – he’s quitting the race. I got him out of the – and that means we have Kamala.”

While the White House and many Democrats maintain that Biden will remain the nominee, recent polls reveal that he trails Trump by six points, with Vice President Kamala Harris potentially being a weaker candidate in November. Trump remarked in the video, “I think she’s gonna be better” as an opponent, but added, “She’s so bad. She’s so pathetic,” emphasising, “She’s so fucking bad.”

Biden’s campaign denied any intention of withdrawal, with White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stating, “Absolutely not.” Several Democratic governors reiterated this stance, declaring Biden is "in it to win it."

The Trump campaign, though not directly commenting on the video, predicted a "total collapse" of the Democratic party following Biden’s lacklustre debate performance and growing calls for him to step aside.

The Biden-Harris campaign responded by labelling the video as another “rock bottom” for Trump, an attempt to deflect from Biden's struggles.

Trump also questioned Biden's capability to handle international leaders like Russia's Vladimir Putin and China's Xi Jinping. “Can you imagine that guy dealing with Putin? And the president of China – who’s a fierce person. He’s a fierce man, very tough guy. And they see him,” Trump commented, highlighting concerns about Biden’s foreign policy strength.

Source: The Express Tribune

Latest in, he is still adamant to run in Presidential elections​


Biden says he 'screwed up' debate but vows to stay in election

President Joe Biden has admitted he "screwed up" in last week's debate against Donald Trump, but has vowed to fight on in the election race and moved to reassure key allies.​

He told a Wisconsin radio station he made a "mistake" with his stumbling performance, but urged voters to instead judge him on his time in the White House.

On Wednesday, as reports suggested he was weighing his future, he worked to calm senior Democrats including state governors and campaign staff.

“I'm the nominee of the Democratic Party. No one's pushing me out. I'm not leaving," he said in a call to the broader campaign, a source told BBC News.

Mr Biden was joined on the call by Vice-President Kamala Harris, who reiterated her support. Speculation has mounted over whether she could replace the president as the party’s candidate ahead of the November election.

A fundraising email sent after the call by the Biden-Harris campaign was also bullish. “Let me say this as clearly and simply as I can: I'm running,” Mr Biden said.

Can Biden be replaced as nominee? It's not easy

It sparked concern in Democratic circles around his fitness for office and his ability to win the election. Pressure on Mr Biden to drop out has only grown as more polls suggest his Republican rival’s lead has widened. A New York Times poll conducted after the debate, which was published on Wednesday, suggested Trump was now holding his biggest lead yet at six points.
And a separate poll published by the BBC’s US partner CBS News suggested Trump has a three-point lead over Mr Biden in the crucial battleground states.

The damaging polling for Mr Biden has been compounded by some Democratic donors and lawmakers publicly calling on the president to stand aside.

Among them are Ramesh Kapur, an Indian-American industrialist based in Massachusetts, who has organised fundraisers for Democrats since 1988.

“I think it’s time for him to pass the torch,” Mr Kapur told the BBC. “I know he has the drive, but you can’t fight Mother Nature.”

And two Democrats in Congress also called for a change at the top of the party’s ticket. The second, Representative Raul Grijalva of Arizona, told the New York Times it was time for Democrats to “look elsewhere”.

Despite this, the White House and the Biden campaign have vehemently denied reports he is actively weighing his future and say he is committed to defeating Trump for a second time on 5 November.

The New York Times and CNN reported on Wednesday that Mr Biden had told an unnamed ally he was aware his re-election bid was in danger.

Source: BBC

Biden's interview fails to quell Democrats' concerns about his fitness​

President Joe Biden's Friday night TV interview does not seem to have quelled an uprising within his own party to end his campaign after a halting debate performance against Donald Trump.

A fifth House Democrat, Angie Craig of Minnesota, joined her colleagues on Saturday in calling for the president to step aside, as reports indicate more could follow soon.

In his rare primetime ABC News interview, Mr Biden dismissed his debate performance as just a “bad episode” and said only the "Lord Almighty" could convince him to end his bid for re-election.

Mr Biden, 81, is spending Saturday at his family home in Delaware before two public events on Sunday.

While no senior members of the party have called on the president to quit, the unease amongst Democrats is palpable.
Some polls show Trump's lead over Mr Biden widening, and many are concerned about losing the presidency and House seats, along with the Senate majority, if he leads the ticket.

On Saturday, congresswoman Craig, who is running in a competitive district in Minnesota, said she did not believe that the president could "effectively campaign and win against Donald Trump".

She said while she respects the president's decades of service, she is calling for Biden to step aside as the Democratic nominee.

“This is not a decision I’ve come to lightly, but there is simply too much at stake to risk a second Donald Trump presidency," she said in a statement.

Minutes after the ABC interview, Texas congressman Lloyd Doggett, the first House Democrat to call for Biden to drop out of the race, said on CNN that the "need for (Biden) to step aside is more urgent tonight than when I first called for it".

He said the longer it takes Mr Biden to make a decision to withdraw, the "more difficult for a new person to come on board who can defeat Donald Trump".

Other House Democrats including congressman Mike Quigley of Illinois and Seth Moulton of Massachusetts called on Mr Biden to withdraw from the race on Friday. They join Arizona lawmaker Raúl Grijalva who called for the president to end his candidacy on Wednesday.

In his interview, Mr Biden declined to take a cognitive test and make the results public to prove he is fit to serve another term.

"I have a cognitive test every single day. Every day I have that test - everything I do [is a test]," he told George Stephanopoulos.

This response did not resonate with Democratic congresswoman Judy Chu of California, who told news outlet Politico that his answer was “unsettling and not particularly convincing, so I will be watching closely every day to see how he is doing, especially in spontaneous situations".

Democrats weigh risks and rewards of losing Biden

President Joe Biden sought to revive his beleaguered re-election effort on Sunday, with two campaign events in Pennsylvania, a crucial swing state.

But the efforts so far have done little to quell the swirling panic as Democrats weigh the risks and rewards of keeping Mr Biden at the top of the ticket.

Calls for Mr Biden, 81, to exit the race have only grown after a halting debate performance last week raised questions about his physical and mental capacity to run. A prime time interview with ABC on Friday fuelled further speculation about his campaign's future.

A number of top Democratic figures voiced their stances over the weekend, aiming to address the question: is it riskier to stick with Biden or to leave him behind?

The party may be headed to defeat against Donald Trump in November if Mr Biden stays on, but replacing him comes with many unknowns.


It’s 9 now: House Democrats who oppose ‘gaffe machine’ Biden’s presidential bid​

“I am a gaffe machine,” Joe Biden acknowledged on his book tour in 2018, two years before he became the US president. Now, his gaffe-streak has put his presidential candidature on the line, with the chorus growing louder asking him to drop out of the race. Many including some of the House Democrats believe Donald Trump has already won if Biden remains the Democratic Party candidate against the Republican Party nominee in the November 2024 US presidential election.

By Sunday night, the number of House Democrats demanding Biden’s removal as the presidential nominee grew to nine, deepening the political crisis surrounding the embattled US president. This came when Biden campaigned in the must-win state of Pennsylvania.

The chorus grows louder

The latest four senior House Democrats who forcefully pressed the demand that Biden should step aside were — Jerry Nadler (from New York), Adam Smith (from Washington, Mark Takano (from California) and Joseph Morelle (from New York), the CNN reported.

They joined the five other House Democrats who have gone public calling on Biden to drop his reelection bid citing his diminishing chances of defeating Donald Trump.

Lloyd Doggett (from Texas) was the first House Democrat to call for Biden to withdraw with an official statement on Tuesday last week. “Recognizing that, unlike Trump, President Biden’s first commitment has always been to our country, not himself, I am hopeful that he will make the painful and difficult decision to withdraw,” Doggett said.

Others who followed Doggett in asking Biden to make way for a new candidate to take on Trump in the November contest were Raúl Grijalva (from Arizona), Seth Moulton (from Massachusetts), Mike Quigley (Illinois) and Angie Craig (from Minnesota).

The US media reports say there are at least 18 elected Democrats who are against Biden contesting the US presidential election in November. This comes as top Democratic leaders are reported to be organising meetings to discuss Biden’s fitness for the office.

A look at Biden’s gaffes

Against the backdrop of his gaffes, especially after becoming the US president in January 2020, Biden was facing severe criticism over his fitness to occupy the White House. Medical professionals, however, supported him, with Biden’s physician Dr Kevin O’Connor saying in 2021, that he was a “healthy, vigorous 78-year-old male fit for presidency”.

Amid his slipping tongues and freezes in summits, Biden gave just 36 press conferences by the end of June — fewer than any president since Ronald Reagan.

Let’s look at some of the most embarrassing gaffes that painted Biden in a poor light, finally weakening his candidature against Trump, and bringing him to the verge of an unprecedented move in US election history — a possible removal of a presidential nominee by the Democratic Party:

March 2021: Biden stumbled thrice on the stairs of Air Force One. A White House spokesperson blamed it on the high-speed wind.

March 2022: At the State of the Union, Biden said “Iranian” when he meant “Ukrainian” and confused “profits” with “prices."

March 2022: In Warsaw, Biden read a well-written script but ad-libbed to say, Putin “cannot remain in power,” prompting a White House clarification.

September 2022: During a conference, Biden sought out the late representative Jackie Walorski.

October 2022: Biden began a speech with “Let me start with two words: ‘Made in America.’"

November 2022: Biden mistakenly linked inflation to the Iraq war and claimed his son Beau died in Iraq, which was incorrect. His son had returned from Iraq and died in a US hospital.

May 2023: Biden referred to South Korea’s president as “President Loon” (Yoon Suk Yeol).

June 2023: Biden called British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak “president”.

June 2023: In Connecticut, Biden ended a speech with “God save the queen, man”.

June 2023: Biden confused Russia’s attacks on Ukraine with Iraq. He said Russian President Vladimir Putin was losing war in Iraq.

September 2023: During a press conference in Hanoi, Biden was abruptly stopped mid-ramble by his press secretary. “We talked about stability, we talked about the Third World, excuse me, the Southern Hemisphere has access to change. It wasn’t confrontational at all…” Biden said to a question, his remarks meandering.

September 2023: Biden mistakenly claimed he visited Ground Zero the day after the 9/11 attacks. He actually visited the site nine days after the attacks.

February 2024: Biden confused French President Emmanuel Macron with François Mitterrand, the longest holder of the office (1981-95).

June 2024: Biden appeared to “freeze” during a Juneteenth event before briefly stumbling on his words.

Against this backdrop, on June 27, Biden’s first debate against Trump saw him hoarse and stumbling, later attributed to a cold and jet lag. But it triggered a number of Democrats seeking his removal as the party’s presidential candidate.

Why Democrats are worried

Democrats look worried more on account of the perception of Biden, who is losing the battle in opinion polls. Economically, Biden’s record in job creation has been fairly good, with over 206,000 jobs created in June alone. However, the unemployment rate too ticked up slightly from four per cent in May to 4.1 per cent in June. But overall, Biden has ensured that the US economy came out stronger after the pandemic years.

Inflation has come down to 3.3 per cent, less than half of what the US saw during the Covid-19 pandemic. However, it’s still far above the range of two per cent around which it hovered during Trump years (2016-19). Another issue that is bothering the Democrats is the migration from the southern borders. Trump had made illegal migration from Mexico a high-pitched campaign during his presidentship. Biden is losing the perception battle in safeguarding the borders, the recent survey shows.

These factors have rattled several Democrats’, who view Biden as a weak candidate to face Trump. Already, surveys and opinions favour his vice-president Kamala Harris as a better challenger to take on Trump in the presidential election four months from now.

Source: First Post

Clooney and Pelosi heap pressure on Biden campaign​

George Clooney has issued a damning call for Joe Biden to pull out of the US presidential race, hours after senior Democrat Nancy Pelosi swerved questions about whether he should continue.

The Hollywood actor and prominent Democratic Party fundraiser, said that the president had won many battles in his career, "but the one battle he cannot win is the fight against time".

His comments came hours after Ms Pelosi, the former House Speaker, joined growing disquiet in the party, saying that time was "running short" for Mr Biden to decide whether to stay in the race against Donald Trump after a disastrous debate late last month.

Clooney said in The New York Times that it was "devastating to say it" but the Mr Biden he met at a fundraiser three weeks ago was not the "Joe 'big ****ing deal" Biden of 2010. He wasn’t even the Joe Biden of 2020.

"He was the same man we all witnessed at the debate," he said. "Our party leaders need to stop telling us that 51 million people didn’t see what we just saw.

"This is about age. Nothing more," he continued. "We are not going to win in November with this president."

The growing dissent has emerged amid one of the most consequential weeks of Mr Biden's struggling re-election campaign as he hosts a crucial Nato summit in Washington.

On MSNBC'S Morning Joe, when asked if she supported President Biden's re-election, Ms Pelosi said: "I want him to do whatever he decides to do."

"It's up to the president to decide if he's going to run. We are all encouraging him to make that decision, because time is running short.

Her response appeared to ignore Mr Biden's repeated statement on Monday, on the same programme, that he was committed to staying in the race.

The president has struggled to maintain morale within his party since his 27 June debate performance against Trump.

Since then, around a dozen elected Democrats have suggested he should abandon his election campaign in private and public comments.

On Tuesday, Michael Bennet of Colorado became the first Senate Democrat to publicly dissent.

Although he did not call for Mr Biden to quit outright, he said Trump would win the election, possibly by a "landslide".

Others have been much more direct.

North Jersey Congresswoman Mikie Sherril said in a statement: "I am asking that he declare that he won’t run for re-election."

Acknowledging the pressure, Ms Pelosi said on Wednesday: "I said to everyone - let's just hold off. Whatever you're thinking, either tell somebody privately, but you don't have to put that out on the table until we see how we go this week. But I am very proud of the president."

Never understood the fascination of hollywood with Democrats.
I understand Weinstein and Epstein issues which they want to brush under the carper but still
Never understood the fascination of hollywood with Democrats.
I understand Weinstein and Epstein issues which they want to brush under the carper but still
While true liberalism is a great ideal (although impractical to be followed), most people adopt a liberal identity to cover for their immoral and unethical behavior. You can be a paedophile, a womanizer, but as long as you are known as a liberal, the ecosystem will go very soft on you, and even cover for you.

So it is a no brainer why hollywood sides with democrats.
Biden's bruising day sinks hopes Democrats will move on

The most devastating argument against Joe Biden’s re-election bid may have come not from a politician or a pundit, but from a film star.

But George Clooney, with his stinging New York Times opinion piece, isn’t the only one speaking out. A growing chorus from Democrats is sinking the president’s hopes of steadying his campaign this week - and perhaps ever.

This all comes after it appeared that the president had turned a corner, with the influential Congressional Black Caucus and key liberal members of Congress just voicing their support for him.

But now the ground has shifted once again - and all in the midst of a high-profile Nato summit with US allies here in Washington.

On Wednesday evening, Peter Welch of Vermont became the first Democratic senator to openly call on Mr Biden to withdraw, "for the good of the country", as he wrote in a newspaper op-ed.

The drumbeat of defections makes the stakes for Mr Biden’s press conference at the end of the Nato summit on Thursday afternoon even higher. It will be the biggest unscripted test for him since his botched debate two weeks prior which triggered this crisis.

Mr Biden also has a sit-down interview scheduled with NBC News presenter Lester Holt on Monday. A fumble or misstep in the days ahead could buttress all the most damaging assertions Mr Clooney, a top Democratic fundraiser, makes in his New York Times piece.

The actor writes that the president's decline is not an illusion; it’s real. He points to a Los Angeles fundraiser he threw for the president last month. “The Joe Biden I was with three weeks ago at the fundraiser was not the Joe... of 2010,” he writes. “He wasn’t even the Joe Biden of 2020. He was the same man we all witnessed at the debate.”

The president is not up to the task of beating Donald Trump in November, Clooney continues. He calls the Biden campaign’s claim that he is the choice of Democratic primary voters “disingenuous, at best”. And, perhaps most devastating, he says every prominent Democrat he has spoken with knows all this – whether they’re willing to publicly admit it or not.

“We can put our heads in the sand and pray for a miracle in November", he writes, “or we can speak the truth.”

The Biden campaign is pushing back against the Clooney piece, noting that the president had flown across nine time zones, from the G7 summit in Italy, to attend the star’s fundraiser.

Campaign officials also note that the president has had serious disagreements recently with the star and his wife, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, about his administration’s Gaza policy. The opinion piece, published three weeks after that Los Angeles fundraiser, could be viewed like a strike timed for maximum effect.

But Clooney isn’t just any movie star. He’s a powerful fundraiser for Democrats and has been for years. Given that California, and the Hollywood industry in particular, is a key part of the party’s money base, Clooney’s comments present a very real threat to Mr Biden.

It also comes on the heels of expressions of dissatisfaction from other big-money Democratic donors, such as Netflix chair Reed Hastings and IAC chair Barry Diller.

The actor is also plugged in to party politics, with close ties to former President Barack Obama. It is difficult to imagine that he would have taken to the pages of the New York Times in such a dramatic way, with a double-barrel blast against the sitting president, without at least some tacit sign-off from prominent Democrats.

Revelling in the Democratic turmoil on Wednesday night, Trump posted to social media about Clooney: "He’s turned on Crooked Joe like the rats they both are."

Increasingly, prominent Democrats are saying things that should give Mr Biden pause.

Senator Welch's column in the Washington Post said: "We have asked President Biden to do so much for so many for so long.

"It has required unmatched selflessness and courage. We need him to put us first, as he has done before. I urge him to do it now."

Earlier in the day, hours before the Clooney and Welch opinion pieces published, former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi - who still holds considerable influence within the party - stopped notably short of endorsing Mr Biden's bid for re-election.

She said the president’s critics should hold their tongues until after this week’s Nato summit. “Whatever you're thinking,” she said, “you didn't have to put that out on the table until we see how we go this week.”

She added that Mr Biden should make a decision quickly about whether to continue his campaign. When prodded that the president had already clearly said he would stay in the race, she dodged. “I want him to do whatever he decides to do,” Mrs Pelosi said.

And later in the day, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine - Hillary Clinton’s vice-presidential running mate in 2016 - offered similar lines, about how the president “will do the patriotic thing for the country” and “make that decision”.

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal of Washington, chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, put it even more bluntly: “I’m fully behind him as our nominee until he’s not our nominee.”

It’s as if Mr Biden’s tepid supporters simply won’t take “yes, I’m still running” as an answer.

Meanwhile, even some of Mr Biden’s staunchest supporters have started to engage in “what if” scenarios. California Governor Gavin Newsom said he still backs the president, and would not run against Vice-President Kamala Harris as the nominee if Mr Biden stepped aside.

Senate Democrats are meeting Biden campaign officials on Thursday to discuss the future of the campaign. And House minority leader Hakeem Jeffries said he would speak to the president directly about Democratic concerns by Friday.

Wheels are turning, but it's unclear whether they are grinding toward a resolution or spinning in place.

If Mr Biden were to bow out, it’s still unclear what happens next. Some have suggested that Ms Harris, as the president’s running mate, is next in line.

The solution, according to Clooney, is for Democrats to regroup and pick a new nominee, although he is vague about how the process could unfold. And his suggestion that, because of the shortened campaign season, whoever the party chooses would be able to avoid opposition research and negative campaigning – either from fellow Democrats or Republicans – seems naive in the extreme.

While the mood in Washington has taken a new turn against the president in the past 24 hours, the mathematics of his situation has not changed.

Mr Biden still controls the lion’s share of national convention delegates who ultimately decide the party’s presidential ticket. And while those delegates aren’t explicitly bound to support him, he could replace any who show insufficient loyalty.

The opinion polls, while indicating he is trailing Trump, have not changed dramatically since his ill-fated debate. And few show any of the most obvious alternatives to him – the vice-president and prominent Democratic governors – doing substantially better.

Even Mr Biden’s critics, with their appeals to his patriotism, sense of duty and concern for American democracy given the potential for a second Trump presidency, implicitly acknowledge that the decision ultimately lies with him.

What Wednesday demonstrated, though, is that if he presses ahead, he may never be able to fully put the concerns about his age behind him.

His debate performance may end up being a self-inflicted wound that never heals.


Amid Doubts About Biden’s Mental Sharpness, Trump Leads Presidential Race​

Following President Joe Biden’s poor performance in the June 27 debate, former President Donald Trump holds a 4 percentage point lead over Biden among registered voters: 44% say that if the election were held today, they would vote for Trump; 40% would vote for Biden, while 15% support third-party candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Chart shows Only about a quarter of voters say Biden is ‘mentally sharp’; nearly two-thirds describe Trump as ‘mean-spirited’
Voters’ doubts about Biden’s mental sharpness, while not new, have become the subject of intense focus following the debate.

Only about a quarter of voters (24%) say the phrase “mentally sharp” describes Biden very or fairly well; more than twice as many (58%) describe Trump as mentally sharp.

The share of voters describing Biden as mentally sharp has declined 6 points since January and is considerably lower than it was in 2020.

The new survey by Pew Research Center, conducted July 1-7 among 9,424 adults, including 7,729 registered voters, finds that both Biden and Trump are widely viewed as flawed, though in different ways. And nearly seven-in-ten voters (68%) say they are not satisfied with their choices for president.

Among the survey’s major findings:

Most voters describe Trump as “mean-spirited.” Trump trails Biden on honesty and, by a narrower margin, on empathy. And about twice as many voters describe Trump as mean-spirited (64%) as say that about Biden (31%).

Majorities of voters describe both Biden and Trump as “embarrassing,” with identical shares (63% each) saying this about each candidate. A third or more of each candidate’s supporters – 37% of Biden supporters and 33% of Trump supporters – say their own candidate is embarrassing. (Read more about views of the candidates in Chapter 2.)

Chart shows Where the presidential race stands, four months before the election
The state of the 2024 presidential race: While Trump leads the presidential race, 44% to 40% over Biden, 17% say they support Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (15%) or another candidate (2%).

If the choices are narrowed to Biden and Trump, Trump would hold a slight edge: 50% favor Trump, while 47% support Biden.

Trump leads Biden among voters ages 50 and older by 48% to 39%, with 11% favoring Kennedy. Trump has a more modest edge among voters 30 to 49: 42% support Trump, while 37% back Biden and 19% favor Kennedy.

Biden holds a wide advantage over Trump among voters under 30 (48% to 28%). About one-in-five voters (22%) in the youngest age group say they back Kennedy.

Race and ethnicity
Trump has an advantage among White voters (50% to 36% for Biden), while Biden holds a wide lead over Trump among Black voters (64% to 13%, with 21% supporting Kennedy).

Source: Pew Research Centre
The delay will kill Democrats and their chances at Senate, man there might be a super conservative Entire government coming in due to Democrats being absolutely foolish.

Ruth did the same mistake and the SC became conservative, she could had easily retired during Obama years.

What world leaders thought of Biden’s Nato summit performance​

Western leaders have rallied round Joe Biden at the Nato summit, amid concerns about the US president's age and ability to serve another term.

Calls are growing for Mr Biden to drop out of the presidential race this November, and his attempts to diminish fears about his re-election bid at the summit were marred by two serious gaffes.

French President Emmanuel Macron said Mr Biden was "in charge" and "clear on the issues he knows well", while UK PM Sir Keir Starmer said he was "on good form".

But Mr Biden's first gaffe, in which he introduced Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky as President Putin, was ridiculed in the Russian media.

The US president has been under pressure to quit since a disastrous performance two weeks ago in a debate with his Republican rival in the upcoming elections, Donald Trump.

And later in a news conference - Mr Biden's first unscripted public appearance since the debate - he referred to his "Vice-President Trump" when meaning to say Kamala Harris.

But throughout the summit, other Nato leaders have been asked about his fitness as a leader, and all have defended him.

Mr Macron, speaking after Thursday's White House dinner, said he had had a long discussion with Mr Biden during the meal, and appealed for understanding of his flaws.

"I saw him as always a president who is in charge, clear on the issues he knows well," he said.

"We all make slips of the tongue sometimes. It has happened to me before, it will probably happen to me tomorrow.

"I would ask you to show the same leniency that should be shown between caring people."

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz also addressed the gaffes.

“Slips of the tongue happen, and if you always monitor everyone, you will find enough of them," he said.

UK Prime Minister Sir Keir said repeatedly during the summit that the US president had achieved much to be proud of there, and was "across all the detail".

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said it was a privilege and a pleasure to work with Mr Biden.

"[Biden's] depth of experience, his thoughtfulness, his steadfastness on the greatest issues and challenges of our time is a credit to the work that we're all doing together," he said, quoted by CBC.

Polish President Andrzej Duda, seen as being close to former President Trump, said, quoted by AFP: "I talked with President Biden, and there is no doubt that everything is ok."

Meanwhile Finnish President Alexander Stubb combined a defence of Mr Biden with fears about the atmosphere in the US elections.

"I have absolutely no concern about the capacity of the current president of the United States to lead his country and to lead our fight for Ukraine and to lead Nato," he said, quoted by AFP.

"The only thing I'm worried about is that the political climate in the United States right now is too toxic, is very polarised, and that doesn't leave enough room for a civilised and constructive debate."

But if leaders of allied countries have been unwilling to criticise the US president for his frailties, Moscow has been similarly restrained.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the gaffes were clearly slips of the tongue and "not our business, an internal matter for the USA".

Not so the Russian media, which have been all over Mr Biden's confusion of Mr Putin with Mr Zelensky.

Official Rossiya TV showed it at the top of its 9pm bulletin, saying that "America's vassals pretended that they'd not noticed anything".

NTV said Biden had never been so close to a fiasco and that his "latest slip of the tongue is worthy of an Oscar".

And popular daily Moskovsky Komsomolets ran an article headlined "Senile Leaders", comparing Joe Biden to the elderly Communist leaders of the USSR.

"What's more dangerous, a monkey with a grenade or a shaking hand on the nuclear button?" it asked.

Bidens coup in PK led to many deaths in PK and 1000s of arrests. I hope the crook suffers like those party workers of the PTI. His support of Israel and the deaths of those Palestinian innocents will also haunt his last days. But Trump is an even bigger crook and hopefully he will take America down for all the suffering they have supported against the innocents.
Many Democrats are sticking with Biden. Here's why

As Joe Biden took to the stage for a rally in Detroit, Michigan, on Friday evening, one of the most raucous crowds seen in recent years at any event for the US president chanted: "Don't you quit!"

The presumptive Democratic nominee was greeted by deafening cheers from hundreds of supporters as he vowed: "I am running! And I'm gonna win!"

As he left the stage, the strains of Tom Petty's hit I Won't Back Down washed over the high school gymnasium, an implicit rebuff to the growing list of elected members of his party exhorting him to step aside amid concerns about his age.

But for all the headlines dominated by the latest politician, donor or liberal actor to turn on Mr Biden, a longer list of Democrats are sticking by him.

At least 80 Democratic politicians have publicly backed the 81-year-old, and more are joining them as he insists he is going nowhere.

To many, his political record, his principles and his 2020 victory over Donald Trump mean more than the damage of a rambling performance in any debate or public appearance, or health fears during a new four-year term.

In Mr Biden's first solo news conference of the year on Thursday, he gave detailed responses on Nato and his plans for a second term, but many headlines focused on his flub in referring to his deputy, Kamala Harris, as "Vice-President Trump".

His allies - for now, at least - praised the embattled commander-in-chief's performance, which was watched live by over 23 million people - a bigger audience than this year’s Oscars.

"I thought he showed a real command of foreign policy, really extraordinary," North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told reporters on Friday. "I don’t think Donald Trump can talk about foreign policy coherently for one minute."

Gavin Newsom, the California governor touted as a possible successor, told CBS he was "all in" for Mr Biden, adding that there was "no daylight" between them.

Congressman Brendan Boyle of Pennsylvania said Mr Biden "showed he knows a million times more about policy" than Trump, "the convict conman".

Experts say these politicians have a host of reasons for their support, including Mr Biden's record in office, his 2020 victory against Trump and the gamble of putting in a new candidate so close to the November election.

"The president has made it clear he wants to continue to run, and I think people are being very respectful of that," said Simon Rosenberg, a Democratic strategist.

"And it's also true that in our system, replacing a candidate for president this late is hard and is unprecedented, and so there's enormous reticence about making a big change."

He added that there was a "healthy debate" about who the nominee should be.

However, a range of groups have said that the candidate should be Mr Biden, including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, which has about 40 members, and the 60-member Congressional Black Caucus, which Mr Biden met earlier this week.

Ameshia Cross, a former Obama campaign adviser, said that the black caucus, as well as many black voters, see Mr Biden as a president committed to civil rights, unlike his rival, Trump.

"They understand what is at stake with a Donald J Trump presidency," she said. "This is a guy who has stood against DEI - diversity, equity and inclusion efforts."

Mr Biden has received public support from several politicians on the left, including the New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who have previously criticised Mr Biden for an agenda they have said is too moderate.

Ms Cross said many recognise the risks a Trump presidency brings to civil and LGBTQ rights and climate change.

"These are things that matter to the progressive left, and the president has actually worked on those things," she said.

To date, most of Mr Biden's support comes from politicians running for re-election in reliably Democratic districts, rather than those who worry Mr Biden could harm their own election chances in tougher seats.

Mr Rosenberg said that the White House "needs to be respectful of their concerns and deal with them, I think, in a far more aggressive manner".

Even as calls grow for Mr Biden to exit the race, the most recent poll seems to suggest that he has not lost much voter support.

The Biden campaign has touted a survey from the Washington Post, ABC News and Ipsos published this week, which shows him and Trump in a dead-heat, similar to survey results from before the debate. But the poll also found two-thirds of Americans want Mr Biden to step aside.

The president has also lost support from some among the Hollywood elite. Actress Ashley Judd called on Mr Biden to step down in a USA Today op-ed on Friday, saying the party needed a "robust" candidate. Her article followed an even more damning opinion piece this week by George Clooney about Mr Biden.

Longtime Democratic donor Whitney Tilson is the latest fundraiser to pull the plug, telling the BBC on Friday that he was increasingly confident Mr Biden would go. Other Democratic donors told a pro-Biden fundraising group, Future Forward, that pledges worth some $90m (£69m) were on hold until he exits, reports the New York Times.

Other top donors, however, are sticking by the president.

Shekar Narasimhan, who has been organising fundraisers for Democrats for more than two decades, said there had been no change in his plans.

"Our eyes can see what’s going on, our ears can hear what's being talked about but we are keeping our heads down to get the work done," said Mr Narsimhan, who is the founder of the Asian American Pacific Islander Victory Fund Super-PAC.

"It's the president’s decision to make, whether he wants to run or not, and we will go with whatever he decides," he said. "But it's better to end this discussion as soon as possible."

He said his support for Mr Biden came from the belief that he would win.

"This election will be decided by no more than a total of 50,000 votes in three states - Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin - and we have the ground game and infrastructure to win there," he said.

Frank Islam, who sits on the National Finance Committee, said he had a fundraiser planned at his Maryland home later this month. "I am absolutely going ahead with it because I know he [Mr Biden] will win," he said.