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Biden gives crucial post-debate interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC: Live updates

Trump falsely claims Biden is dropping out of the White House race and mocks Harris

Joe Biden delivered a devastating victory over Donald Trump in Wisconsin before the president aired his crucial interview with ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos on Friday night. With the crucial broadcast, his campaign hopes to reset his 2024 plans and convince voters he is fit for office after his disastrous performance at the debate in Atlanta last week.

“I beat Donald Trump. I will beat him again in 2020,” Biden said during a vigorous rally on Friday. “I will not allow a 90-minute debate to undo three and a half years of work.”

The former president, meanwhile, launched a scathing attack on the president and Kamala Harris, calling his rival “highly incompetent” and saying he “gagged like a dog” during the debate while mocking Biden for attributing his poor performance to exhaustion and a cold.

He turns his attention to the vice president – who is considered the Democratic candidate to succeed the president in 2024 – and calls her “Laffin Kamala Harris,” a new nickname that alludes to her infectious giggle.

Trump also challenged Biden to a no-rules debate, even though one was already scheduled for September 10 on ABC.

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Biden avoids question about conducting neurological and cognitive tests

President Biden dodged questions about whether he would be willing to undergo an independent medical examination, including neurological and cognitive testing, and then share the results with the American people.

In an ABC interview he said: “Look, I take a cognitive test every day.

“Every day I have to face this test – in everything we do, you know, not just in my campaign, but I run the world, and this is no exaggeration, but we are the central nation of the world.”

When ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos asked him again whether he would conduct such tests and release the results, he said: “Watch me in the meantime, there is still a lot of time left in this election campaign – over 125 days.”

Mike BedingJuly 6, 2024 01:14

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Watch: Biden admits he was “exhausted” in debate but denies having “a serious medical condition”

Biden admits he was “exhausted” during the debate, but denies having “a serious illness”

Mike BedingJuly 6, 2024 00:59

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Biden ABC interview to air soon

The full interview with President Joe Biden and ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos will air shortly.

This is the president's first interview since his weak performance in the presidential debate against Donald Trump, in which he spoke in a croaking voice, was confused and seemed to lose his train of thought mid-sentence.

In an earlier clip, Biden took full responsibility for his performance, but reiterated that he was “exhausted” and “terrible.”

Mike BedingJuly 6, 2024 00:50

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Biden “completely” rules out withdrawing from 2024 presidential campaign as he faces pressure to step down

President Biden said Friday that he would not consider withdrawing from his campaign for a second term in the White House, despite growing pressure from Democratic members of Congress and party donors to take such a step.

Read the whole story here:

Mike BedingJuly 6, 2024 00:30

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Biden did not watch the dismal debate performance again

President Biden said he did not rewatch his disastrous performance at the debate against Donald Trump.

When asked by ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos if he knew how badly the debate went in real time, he replied: “Look, the whole way I prepared was nobody's fault but mine. I prepared the way I normally do, which is sit down…”

Turning to his rival Trump, he continued: “The fact is that he also lied 28 times, which I couldn't. I mean, the way the debate went, [it was] my fault, nobody else is to blame.

Stephanopoulos pressed: “But it seemed as if you had problems with the first question. In, even before [Trump] spoken.”

“Well, I just had a bad night,” Biden replied.

Mike BedinganJuly 6, 2024 00:15

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Could Michelle Obama replace Biden as the Democratic candidate – and beat Trump?

According to polls, the former First Lady would certainly be a popular candidate, but she has repeatedly stated that she does not want to continue to be involved in the cutthroat world of politics.

Martha McHardy looks at the arguments for Michelle Obama to take responsibility.

Alex WoodwardJuly 6, 2024 00:00

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Biden: “Nobody was to blame for his performance in the debate but me”

President Joe Biden has taken full responsibility for his dismal performance in the debate against Donald Trump last week.

In a new interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, scheduled to air in full at 8 p.m., the president reiterated that he had been ill before the debate but said his performance was “nobody's fault but mine.”

In a clip previously aired on the network's “World News Tonight” shows, the president addressed concerns raised by leading Democrats, including Nancy Pelosi, about whether the debate was a sign of a more serious situation.

“It was a bad incident, no indication of serious illness. I was exhausted. I didn't listen to my instincts in preparing. It was a bad night,” he said.

Biden did indeed have a busy schedule before the debate, including visits to the U.S. West Coast and France for the anniversary of D-Day, but returned to Washington with more than a week to spare.

When asked why 11 or 12 days was not enough time to recover, he replied: “Because I was sick. I felt terrible. In fact, I asked the doctors who were with me to do a Covid test. We were trying to find out what was going on.”

“They did a test to see if I had an infection, a virus – I didn't. I just had a really bad cold.”

The full ABC interview with Biden will air at 8 p.m. ET.

Mike BedingJuly 5, 2024 23:51

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Who could replace Joe Biden?

Technically, Joe Biden is not the Democratic Party's presidential nominee. Not yet.

So, is it possible that Joe Biden could drop out? And who would replace him at the top of the Democratic ticket?

John Bowden takes a look:

Alex WoodwardJuly 5, 2024 23:45

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How would Biden's replacement actually work? The answer is as unclear as the president's attitude toward his future

Democratic insiders have said The Independent In her view, there is “no question” that Vice President Kamala Harris would take over the baton if Biden decides not to run in November.

However, a spokesman for Biden's campaign team said that the president would “under no circumstances drop out.”

If he did that, the Democrats would have to nominate a new presidential candidate. And the logistics involved are not easy.

Alex WoodwardJuly 5, 2024 23:30

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Video: Biden says he is “completely ruling out” dropping out of the presidential race

Alex WoodwardJuly 5, 2024 23:09