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Defiant Joe Biden Promises To Stay In Race, Says He’s Not Stepping Down

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During a recent phone call with Democratic National Committee staff, Biden declared that no one was pushing him out, and he was still running.

Biden, during the campaign call, shared, “Let me say this as clearly as I possibly can, as simply and straightforward as I can: I am running…no one’s pushing me out.

Biden added, “I’m not leaving. I’m in this race to the end, and we’re going to win.”

The statement from Biden comes as major news outlets like the New York Times and CNN have called for Biden to step out of the 2024 presidential race.

Politico broke the story:

President Joe Biden unexpectedly joined a Zoom call with campaign and Democratic National Committee staff on Wednesday, mounting a new push to preserve the viability of his embattled candidacy, according to two people on the call.

Amid reports that Biden is privately acknowledging to allies that his candidacy is hanging in the balance, the president stated that he’s in the race for the long haul, though he conceded that the days since last week’s debate with former President Donald Trump have been damaging, according to two people on the call who were granted anonymity to discuss the sensitive matter.

“Let me say this as clearly as I possibly can — as simply and straightforward as I can: I am running … no one’s pushing me out. I’m not leaving. I’m in this race to the end and we’re going to win,” Biden said on the call.

Biden’s forcefulness and resolve, especially compared to how he came across during last week’s debate, was as reassuring to several attendees, who discussed the call afterward via text message, as what he said.

Vice President Kamala Harris, whose profile has risen in recent days as Democrats focus on her with new seriousness as a possible replacement atop the ticket, was seated beside Biden on the video call.

“We will not back down,” Harris said. “We will follow our president’s lead. We will fight, and we will win.”

Check out what ABC News reported:

President Joe Biden is not considering stepping down, the White House said Wednesday as it furiously did damage control amid Democrats’ mounting concerns about the 2024 election and Biden’s ability to carry out his campaign after his shaky debate performance.

Facing rapid-fire questions for the second day in a row, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked point-blank during Wednesday’s briefing if Biden was considering that option.

“Absolutely not,” Jean-Pierre responded. “And you heard that, I believe, directly from the campaign as well.”

Jean-Pierre was also pressed on recent reports that Biden is evaluating whether to stay in the race.

“That is absolutely false,” she said. “We asked the president … the president said it is — no, it is absolutely false. That is coming directly from him.”


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