Democrats Come to Biden’s Defense After Pathetic Debate

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( – Following a challenging debate with former President Trump, President Biden’s campaign aides and key supporters swiftly moved on Friday to quash any rumors of him withdrawing from the 2024 presidential race.

A campaign official dismissed the speculation, while top Democrats, who are seen as potential successors to Biden, worked to suppress any talk of replacing him. Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro, often mentioned as a potential 2028 candidate, urged Democrats on MSNBC to stop worrying and start working, emphasizing collective responsibility. “Sitting here and hand-wringing, sitting here and fretting, is not the answer,” he stated.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom, another potential White House contender, echoed this sentiment, urging Democrats to support Biden. “We’ve got to keep our heads high and back this president. You don’t turn your back because of one performance,” Newsom said on MSNBC.

Biden’s debate performance, criticized even within his own party, has fueled conversations about his viability as the Democratic candidate. Throughout the 90-minute debate, Biden’s voice was often raspy, which the White House attributed to a cold. He occasionally lost his train of thought, struggled to finish sentences, and had difficulty articulating his points clearly.

On Friday morning, the White House addressed the speculation, asserting that Biden is not considering stepping down. “The only things being replaced are recession-causing MAGAnomics and radical abortion bans,” a White House official told The Hill.

Former South Carolina state Rep. Bakari Sellers dismissed the idea of replacing Biden, stating on social media that it was unreasonable and that Biden was not going anywhere. The Biden campaign highlighted its best fundraising day of the 2024 cycle as evidence of strong voter support.

The immediate reaction from Democratic operatives and pundits after the CNN debate was one of panic and discussion over Biden’s future in the race. David Axelrod, a former senior adviser to President Obama, suggested there would be discussions about Biden’s continuation in the race. Former White House press secretary Jen Psaki noted “chatter” among Congress members and Democratic interest groups about potentially replacing Biden.

Despite the debate performance, Biden remains firm in his commitment to running for re-election, citing his previous victory over Trump and his belief in his ability to win again. “We did well,” Biden told reporters after the debate, dismissing concerns and attributing difficulties to debating a frequently dishonest opponent.

Biden campaign spokesperson Seth Schuster reinforced this stance, stating unequivocally that Biden is not dropping out.

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