Biden, 81, tells Democrats demanding he drop out that he is staying in the race as former press secretary Jen Psaki makes shocking admission about his ABC interview

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President Joe Biden’s future in the 2024 race could be decided this week as Democrats return to Washington for the first time since his disastrous debate sparked calls for him to step aside.

The clock is ticking for the 81-year-old’s as he faces brutal questions of whether he is up for the job and if he is capable of beating Donald Trump in November.

On Monday morning, he sent a letter to Democrats in Congress saying he will stay in the race ‘until the end’, and insisted he is still the man to beat Trump. He rejected press speculation and said voters wanted him on the ticket, despite polls that say otherwise.

The desperate Biden then went on MSNBC’s Morning Joe to laugh off suggestions he needed to be tested for age-related illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease and dared Democrats to throw him overboard.  

Meanwhile Jill Biden and Kamala Harris – who would likely be the candidate if Joe drops out – are campaigning and mounting a furious defense. 

Follow all the developments from our reporters in Washington and around the country in DailyMail.com’s U.S. politics blog.

Desperate Biden, 81, laughs at getting tests to explain why he ‘can’t finish sentences’, insists he ‘doesn’t care’ about calls for him to drop out and dares Democrats to challenge him in rambling interview

President Joe Biden, 81, pulled a Trump trick on Monday, dialing into a sympathetic TV show to defend himself amid calls to step aside and to dare critics to run against him at his party’s convention next month.

He laughed off suggestions that he be tested to explain his stumbling debate performance and insisted he was not going to drop out of the election.

Instead he listed his administration’s achievements and painted his critics as an out-of-touch elite as he fights for his political life.

And he chuckled when Morning Joe host Mika Brzezinski asked whether he had been tested for pre-Parkinson’s or other diseases that might explain why he had been unable to finish sentence in his debate showdown with Donald Trump.

‘I had before. I was feeling so badly before the debate,’ he said. ‘When I came back, they tested me before. I thought maybe I had COVID. Maybe there was something wrong … I had an infection or something.

Biden tells Democrats he is ‘the best person to beat Donald Trump in 2024’

With pressure mounting on him to step aside, President Joe Biden dramatically released a letter to Democrats telling them he is ‘firmly committed’ to staying in the race to keep the White House.

The 81-year-old issued the letter to lawmakers returning to Congress for the first time since his car crash debate performance with Donald Trump.

Democrats are demanding he step down and polls released in the last week show their candidate could be heading for disaster in November.

But a defiant Biden has insisted he isn’t going anywhere and rejected concerns about his candidacy and ‘press speculation’.

In the letter, the president took shots at the press, donors and party operatives who have said the party’s only chance is to throw him over the side.

‘Now that you have returned from the July 4th recess, I want you to know that despite all the speculation in the press and elsewhere, I am firmly committed to staying in this race, to running this race to the end, and to beating Donald Trump.

Biden’s former press secretary Jen Psaki: His ABC interview ‘went just okay’

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 08: Jen Psaki speaks onstage during Jen Psaki in Conversation with Lawrence O'Donnell - Say More: Lessons from Work, the White House, and the World at 92NY on May 08, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

President Joe Biden’s former press secretary Jen Psaki admitted on Sunday that his ABC interview may not have done enough to shut down calls for him to step down.

She opened her show on MSNBC by saying:

I would say it went just okay for the president. In many ways, people watching saw what they wanted to see, because for some, he looks better than he did at the debate. He did. He was more clear. He seemed much better prepared to make his case against Trump. There were also some moments — not just one — that did not go well.

Psaki added that Biden seemed ‘in denial’ about his position in the polls against rival Donald Trump.

When the interview ended, it left us all in this sort of purgatory for the moment. It was better than the debate, not a home run at all. Even if it was a home run, one interview definitely doesn’t have the capacity to change the perception out there of 72 percent of voters, according to a CBS poll, who do not believe that Biden has the mental or cognitive health to serve. Even the White House and the campaign know that

She also suggested that the panic within the Democratic Party isn’t dying down any time soon.

The questions I know I’m getting from text messages from friends, from family are twofold: What’s going to happen and what is the best path forward?. And I’m not going to sit here this afternoon and tell you I know the answer to either question.

Gov. Gretcher Whitmer swats down 2024 ticket rumors

This image provided by Simon & Schuster shows the cover of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's book "True Gretch." The book, out Tuesday, July 9, 2024, chronicles Whitmer's rapid rise to fame within the Democratic party and events that unfolded on a national stage including a public spar with former President Donald Trump and a foiled plot to kidnap and kill her. (Simon & Schuster via AP)

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer – who has been floated as a possible replacement on the 2024 ticket for Biden – is downplaying those rumors.

‘It’s a distraction more than anything,’ Whitmer told the Associated Press on Monday ahead of the launch of her new book.

‘I don’t like seeing my name in articles like that because I’m totally focused on governing and campaigning for the ticket,’ she continued.

2024 Republican platform announced ahead of convention

  1. SEAL THE BORDER, AND STOP THE MIGRANT INVASION
  2. CARRY OUT THE LARGEST DEPORTATION OPERATION IN AMERICAN HISTORY
  3. END INFLATION, AND MAKE AMERICA AFFORDABLE AGAIN
  4. MAKE AMERICA THE DOMINANT ENERGY PRODUCER IN THE WORLD, BY FAR!
  5. STOP OUTSOURCING, AND TURN THE UNITED STATES INTO A MANUFACTURING SUPERPOWER
  6. LARGE TAX CUTS FOR WORKERS, AND NO TAX ON TIPS!
  7. DEFEND OUR CONSTITUTION, OUR BILL OF RIGHTS, AND OUR FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS, INCLUDING FREEDOM OF SPEECH, FREEDOM OF RELIGION, AND THE RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS
  8. PREVENT WORLD WAR THREE, RESTORE PEACE IN EUROPE AND IN THE MIDDLE EAST, AND BUILD A GREAT IRON DOME MISSILE DEFENSE SHIELD OVER OUR ENTIRE COUNTRY — ALL MADE IN AMERICA
  9. END THE WEAPONIZATION OF GOVERNMENT AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE
  10. STOP THE MIGRANT CRIME EPIDEMIC, DEMOLISH THE FOREIGN DRUG CARTELS, CRUSH GANG VIOLENCE, AND LOCK UP VIOLENT OFFENDERS
  11. REBUILD OUR CITIES, INCLUDING WASHINGTON DC, MAKING THEM SAFE, CLEAN, AND BEAUTIFUL AGAIN.
  12. STRENGTHEN AND MODERNIZE OUR MILITARY, MAKING IT, WITHOUT QUESTION, THE STRONGEST AND MOST POWERFUL IN THE WORLD
  13. KEEP THE U.S. DOLLAR AS THE WORLD’S RESERVE CURRENCY
  14. FIGHT FOR AND PROTECT SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE WITH NO CUTS, INCLUDING NO CHANGES TO THE RETIREMENT AGE
  15. CANCEL THE ELECTRIC VEHICLE MANDATE AND CUT COSTLY AND BURDENSOME REGULATIONS
  16. CUT FEDERAL FUNDING FOR ANY SCHOOL PUSHING CRITICAL RACE THEORY, RADICAL GENDER IDEOLOGY, AND OTHER INAPPROPRIATE RACIAL, SEXUAL, OR POLITICAL CONTENT ON OUR CHILDREN
  17. KEEP MEN OUT OF WOMEN’S SPORTS
  18. DEPORT PRO-HAMAS RADICALS AND MAKE OUR COLLEGE CAMPUSES SAFE AND PATRIOTIC AGAIN
  19. SECURE OUR ELECTIONS, INCLUDING SAME DAY VOTING, VOTER IDENTIFICATION, PAPER BALLOTS, AND PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP
  20. UNITE OUR COUNTRY BY BRINGING IT TO NEW AND RECORD LEVELS OF SUCCESS
FILE PHOTO: Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S., April 2, 2024.  REUTERS/Rebecca Cook/File Photo

Former Obama speechwriter responds to Biden’s claims in Morning Joe interview

Barack Obama’s former speechwriter Jon Favreau challenged statements Joe Biden made in his rambling MSNBC interview on Monday morning.

The embattled 81-year-old insisted Democratic voters still backed him for the job and insisted his debate debacle was a one-off bad night.

He also blamed the press and ‘elites’ for pushing that he should drop out of the race.

Favreau, who is now the host of the podcast Pod Save America, hit back and said the concerns started well before the debate.

Testimony for Trump prosecutors pushed back until after his sentencing in September

Trump prosecutors Alvin Bragg and Matthew Colangelo won’t be testifying this week.

Bragg will testify only after the ex-president’s sentencing in the hush money case, which was pushed back to September 18.

Jill Biden: For all the talk out there about this race, Joe has made it clear that he’s all in

Jill Biden made it clear her husband Joe isn’t going anywhere in the race for the White House despite mounting calls for him to step aside.

The defiant first lady said of the 81-year-old president:

For all the talk out there about this race, Joe has made it clear that he’s all in.

That’s the decision he’s made and just as he has always supported my career, I am all in too. I know you are too or you wouldn’t be here today. And with four more years Joe will continue to fight for you.’

This is personal for us. We know what it’s like to connect with a lagging phone call from across the world, to smile through another holiday at the table. Let me ask you this: Does Donald Trump – does Donald Trump know what it’s like?

She then repeated the claim that Trump called soldiers ‘suckers’ and ‘losers’.

He didn’t want to be seen with injured veterans because it didn’t look good for him. It’s disgraceful. But it’s not surprising.”

Donald Trump wakes up every morning thinking of one person and one person only: himself.

We know what Donald Trump is like as commander-in-chief. He dismissed the military community diminished. America’s leadership around the world. It could be worse this time. He said he wants to be a dictator from day one.

As Donald Trump weighs his VP pick, new Daily Mail poll reveals who VOTERS want to see on the GOP ticket

Sen. Tim Scott topped our poll of possible veep picks for Donald Trump, as the former president edges closer to making his decision.

But our poll of 1,000 likely voters offers more food for thought in the meantime, adding extra names into the mix.

Another House Democrat says ‘Time is running out’ for Joe Biden to prove he can stay in the race

Another House Democrat is calling on Joe Biden to hurry up and make up his mind about staying in the presidential contest.

Rep. Greg Landsman wrote in a statement Monday: ‘President Biden has to be able to make this case clearly to the American people, again and again and again. Now’s the time for action, but time is running out.’

The Ohio Democrat’s call for Biden to clearly demonstrate his case comes days after Joe reassured voters and lawmakers that he is staying in the race.

U.S. President Joe Biden looks at his watch as he stands on the balcony during an Independence Day celebration on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., July 4, 2024. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz

‘I don’t care if he’s pooped his pants’: Whoopi Goldberg gives her full support of Biden on The View

Whoopi Goldberg has given President Joe Biden her full support with an eyebrow-raising defense on The View.

I don’t care if he’s pooped his pants. I don’t care if he can’t put a sentence together. Show me he can’t do the job and then I’ll say, okay, maybe it’s time to go. Now, he had a bad night the first time that he went on and debated with [now-Vice President] Kamala Harris, and everybody wanted him to quit then, saying ‘You can’t talk to women like this,’ or ‘You’re doing this wrong, you’re doing that wrong.’ He came back, said, ‘You know what? I got it,’ and gave four years.

So yeah, I have poopy days all the time. I step in so much poo you can’t even imagine. Now, I’m not running the world, but I don’t know anybody who doesn’t step in stuff at some point. So I’m just simply saying, yeah, there are two debates. And if he can’t do what he needs to do for the second debate, I’ll join any crew that says get rid of him.

Trump rolls out MAGA themes for Milwaukee convention with public school kids set to inflate balloons for his big moment

FILE - Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally, June 22, 2024, in Philadelphia. Trump is seeking to distance himself from a plan for a massive overhaul of the federal government drafted by some of his administration officials. Some of these men are expected to take high-level roles if the Republican presumptive nominee is elected back into the White House. Trump is saying on Truth Social that he "knew nothing about Project 2025." (AP Photo/Chris Szagola, File)

With Democrats still infighting over there nominee, Republican Donald Trump’s campaign announced the themes for the upcoming Republican convention in Milwaukee. All fit within the MAGA theme, although not quite with the acronym. Monday will be themed ‘Make America Wealthy Once Again, Tuesday will be themed ‘Make America Safe Once Again.’

Wednesday is headlined as ‘Make America Strong Once Again,’ and Thursday will reach back to ‘Make America Great Once Again.’

The themes come after the convention announced that Milwaukee schoolchildren will help inflate ‘nearly 100,000 balloons’ set to come down when Trump secures his party’s nomination.

Biden to his challengers: Put up or shut up

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From Rob Crilly, Chief U.S. Political Correspondent

Biden used his Morning Joe interview to lay down a challenge to the naysayers in his party, as he insisted that he had been picked fair and square by Democrats as the prospective nominee to run against Donald Trump.

I’m getting so frustrated by the elites. Not talking about you guys by the way … the elites in the party. They know so much more? If any of these guys don’t think I should run … run against me. Announce for president. Challenge me at the convention.

He hit the talking points of his campaign, listing his achievements during the past three and a half years and painting his internal critics as an out-of-touch elite. Instead he pointed to crowds that greeted him during the weekend (above) during a church visit and an ‘ice cream social.’

The bottom line here is that we’re not going anywhere. I am not going anywhere. I wouldn’t be running if I didn’t absolutely believe that I’m the best candidate to beat Donald Trump in 2024.

Biden cuts indignant tone on Morning Joe as he is peppered with questions about dropping out

From Rob Crilly, Chief U.S. Political Correspondent

President Joe Biden is pulling a Trump, dialing into a TV show for an interview with Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.

It is a tricky medium for a president who tends to mumble his way through interviews at the best of times, let alone when he is speaking on the telephone.

But he cuts an indignant tone, telling the hosts that losing to Trump is not an option.

Mika asks him how he can reassure voters that he won’t suffer another night like his terrible debate peformance.

Look at my career. I have not had many of those nights. It was a terrible night and I really regret it happened.

Biden calls into Morning Joe to combat calls to drop out: ‘I’m not going anywhere’

Inside Ivanka Trump’s emerging role as Donald’s fiercest public defender

Ivanka Trump has re-emerged as her father Donald’s fiercest public defender, even as she defiantly says she won’t return to politics.

The former first daughter will attend the Republican National Convention next week, a source close to her told DailyMail.com, but she will be there in a personal capacity to support her father.

She will be there on Thursday, July 18, to see Donald Trump formally accept the nomination. However, Ivanka ‘will not serve in any political capacity at the event as a delegate, fundraiser or otherwise,’ the source said.

Biden, 81, tells Democrats demanding he drop out that he is STAYING in the race and reveals how he still thinks he can beat Trump

President Joe Biden has sent a message to Democrats demanding he drop out that he is staying in the race.

The 81-year-old president attacked the press and insisted Democratic Party voters want him as their candidate, despite the polls telling him otherwise.

In the letter to Congressional Democrats, he said: ‘I am firmly committed to staying in this race, to running this race to the end and to beating Donald Trump’.

Read the full letter below

President Biden Letter to Congressional Democrats
President Biden Letter to Congressional Democrats

Jill Biden’s campaign blitz to defend Joe, 81, as he ignores mountain of calls to drop out… and she faces questions on hiding his ailing condition from the public

By Emily Goodin, senior U.S. political reporter

The first lady will attend campaign events in North Carolina, Florida and Georgia – all states Biden’s re-election campaign is still eying for a win in November, despite the flurry of calls for him to step down.

During her trip she will formally launch Veterans and Military Families for Biden.

Her trip comes as Biden’s place on the Democratic ticket is at a tipping point. He, buoyed by his wife and other family members, believes he can turn this around. But members of his party worry the situation is going to get worse.

Jill Biden has been adamant that Joe Biden stay in the race.

But she also hasn’t answered questions yet from the media about his condition or addressed questions about whether she worked with staff to hide it from the public

Taylor Swift, Oprah and a ‘blitz primary’: Well-connected Democrats including a former Obama and Clinton advisor issue bombshell memo detailing wild plot to replace Biden

A pair of well-connected Democrats have issued a bombshell memo detailing their wild plan to replace President Joe Biden on their 2024 ticket.

It would require Biden to step down as the head of the ticket by mid-July to pave the way for other Democrats to throw their hats in the ring for a ‘blitz primary’ that would feature celebrities such as Taylor Swift and Oprah, according to Semafor.

The six candidates with the most votes from delegates would also have to vow to run a positive-only campaign.

The plan is the brainchild of Rosa Brooks, a Georgetown law professor who served in both the Obama and Clinton administrations and as a volunteer policy adviser to the 2020 Biden campaign, as well as Ted Dintersmith, a venture capitalist and education philanthropist who has donated to a number of Democratic campaigns.

They have already circulated the plan to Democrat donors, as well as officials within the Biden campaign and administration – and say they have widespread support.

Major blow for ailing Biden as FIVE more Democrats urge him to step aside in private call – and reveal who they think should be presidential nominee

Democratic lawmakers held a crisis call on Sunday afternoon to discuss President Joe Biden‘s viability as their 2024 candidate amid growing concerns over their own political futures in November.

On the call, at least five more Democratic lawmakers called on Biden, 81, to step aside, according to reports.

And most agreed that Vice President Kamala Harris, 59, should be the nominee instead.

Judiciary Ranking Member Jerry Nadler and House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Ranking Member Mark Takano are among those who expressed they want Biden to end his White House bid.

Reps. Don Beyer, Adam Smith and Joseph Morelle, the top Democrat on the House Administration Committee, also said Biden is done for.

The White House’s major Kamala Harris bungle as Democrats struggle to find a viable alternative to Biden, 81, amid calls for the ailing president to step down

Several Democrats – including Rep. James Clyburn, of South Carolina, and Sen. Laphonza Butler, of California – have suggested that the 59-year-old vice president is best suited to take on Trump in the general election if Biden agrees to step down.

Tim Ryan, a former congressman from Ohio, has even called on the 81-year-old commander-in-chief to ‘rip the Bandaid off’ and promote Harris immediately.

But in the four years since Biden took office, his administration has done very little to promote Harris and properly prepare her to lead the United States, according to The Atlantic.

That failure comes despite the president vowing to stand aside for a new generation of Democratic leaders.

Top Democrat: ‘Time is running out’ for Biden

A top Democrat who has called for President Joe Biden to step aside from the 2024 race has said the deadline for the decision is coming very soon.

Rep. Mike Quigley of Illinois told Politico’s Playbook on Sunday night:

‘People have to act. This isn’t a time for contemplation. Time is running out for this process to work effectively, and, frankly, it’s time for tough love.’

Democratic Senator Chris Murphy, who hasn’t called for Biden to drop out, says Joe needs to prove to the country he is capable of doing the job.

He told CNN’s State of the Union over the weekend:

I think the president needs to do more. I’m not advising this campaign, but if I were, I would probably suggest that the president get out there and do a town hall, and do a press conference — show the country that he is still the old Joe Biden, one of the best retail politicians this country has ever seen.

The president says he can do that. I trust that he can. I think this week is going to be really critical for him to answer those remaining questions.

Biden’s staff give him detailed instructions with pictures and large font that tell him how to ‘enter and exit a room’ during planned events

President Joe Biden is given detailed instructions with pictures and large font instructing him on how to entry venues ahead of planned events, it has emerged.

A template provided to event staffers, and obtained by Axios, shows how Biden’s aides prepare a short document with a photograph that depicts his precise ‘walk to the podium’.

The template also reportedly included memos that showed the ‘view from podium’ and ‘view from audience’, which were also accompanied by photographs.

The White House has claimed the short memos are ‘basic approaches’ that are critical to Biden’s ‘advance work’ as president, adding that the same approached is also used by Vice President Kamala Harris’ team.

But some event staff have said they were ‘surprised’ by the memos and do not think a ‘seasoned political pro’ should need verbal and visual guidance on ‘how to enter and exit a room’.



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