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Biden persists, without removing doubts

American President Joe Biden does not seem to have raised his stake. doubts on Saturday about his abilityé &agrav; govern the country for a second term, the day after a crucial interview where he defended his candidacy without really convincing.

“The president is proud of his record, rightly so. But he appears dangerously disconnected from people's concerns about his ability to move forward and his position in this campaign,” the influential David Axelrod judged Friday evening on X , former Barack Obama strategist.

In what was billed as a decisive television interview, the 81-year-old Democrat ruled that no one but him was “more qualified” to beat Donald Trump in November, denying the reality of the polls which place him in clear difficulty facing his Republican opponent.

During his exchange on the ABC channel with journalist George Stephanopoulos, he also repeatedly dodged the question of whether his physical and mental state had deteriorated during his mandate.

However, it is his cognitive abilities that have been the subject of very heated discussions, since his catastrophic debate against Donald Trump, Thursday June 27.

“I am having a cognitive test every day,” he said. “Not only am I campaigning, but I am also leading the world,” he added after explaining his poor performance during the debate by his “exhaustion”.

The Democratic candidate therefore still has a lot to do to erase the disastrous impression left by his debate against Donald Trump, the immediate consequences of which he was completely unable to manage: a wave of calls for his withdrawal in the press and an outbreak of concerns about his mental health within his party.

– Crisis meeting –

House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries is set to hold a (virtual) crisis meeting Sunday of top Democrats to discuss how best to proceed as Congress returns to session this week.

Democratic Sen. Mark Warner is reportedly trying to organize a similar forum in the upper chamber.

Four Democratic lawmakers have already unequivocally called on Joe Biden to drop his candidacy.

A fifth lawmaker, Angie Craig, joined them Saturday, saying in a statement that “without a strong response from the president himself following this debate, I do not believe the president can run an effective campaign and win against Donald Trump.” Trump”.

Joe Biden's campaign team is, despite everything, moving forward.

While the American president has nothing on his agenda on Saturday, he must participate in several campaign meetings on Sunday in the eastern state of Pennsylvania.

His team unveiled an intense battle plan for the month of July on Friday, including an avalanche of television spots and trips to all the key states, particularly in the southwest of the country during the Republican convention (July 15-18).

Before that, Joe Biden must participate in an intense international sequence by hosting a summit of NATO leaders next week. And he will hold a press conference on Thursday, which will be closely scrutinized, well beyond the country's borders.

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116