US Elections: Biden Won’t Quit Presidential Race – White House

Andrew Bates, the White House Senior Deputy Press Secretary and Deputy Assistant to the President, referred to the New York Times report as false.
Joe Biden
Joe Biden

The White House has dismissed rumours that President Joe Biden is considering quitting the presidential race.

Andrew Bates, the White House Senior Deputy Press Secretary and Deputy Assistant to the President, referred to the New York Times report as false.

Posting on X, Bates wrote: “This claim is absolutely false and if we had been given more than 7 minutes we could have communicated this before it was publicized.

Bates was reacting to a New York Times report that Biden has informed his allies that he is considering quitting the presidential race.

The newspaper quoted an anonymous source as saying of Biden, "He knows if he has two more events like that, we're in a different place," referring to last week's presidential debate, in which Biden performed poorly.

According to the publication, the president's conversation is the first sign that he is pondering whether he can return from his terrible performance on the Atlanta debate stage.

The newspaper quoted Biden’s ally as saying that the president knew that he faced an uphill battle to convince voters, donors and the political class that his debate performance was an anomaly.

It further stated that President Biden had informed a close ally that he understood he might not be able to save his candidacy if he could not persuade the people in the coming days that he is qualified for the position following a terrible debate performance last week.


The president, who, according to the ally, is still very much in the race for a second term, understands that his next few appearances heading into the holiday weekend must go well, particularly an interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos on Friday and campaign stops in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

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