Biden Confirms He's Running... Then Gets Year Wrong

Biden Confirms He's Running... Then Gets Year Wrong

President Joe Biden affirmed on Friday that he would not be stepping down from his re-election campaign, but he mistakenly cited the wrong year for the upcoming election.

During a speech in Wisconsin, Biden aimed to address growing rumors that he might withdraw amid increasing dissatisfaction among Democrats.

As he spoke, a person behind him held a sign saying, “Pass the torch, Joe,” according to the New York Post.

“There’s been a lot of speculation: What’s Joe going to do? Is he going to stay in the race? Is he going to drop out?” Biden remarked, attempting to portray himself as a target of a campaign to remove him.

“Here’s my answer: I’m running and going to win again,” he declared.

“I’m the nominee of the Democratic Party,” Biden asserted. “You voted for me to be your nominee — no one else.

“Some folks don’t seem to care who you voted for. Guess what? They are trying to push me out of the race. Let me say this as clearly as I can: I’m staying in the race,” Biden said.

“I will beat Donald Trump,” he added. “I will beat him again in 2020.”

This slip-up followed another one on Thursday, which was highlighted by the U.K.’s Telegraph.

“By the way, I’m proud to be, as I said, the first vice president, first black woman … to serve with a black president,” he mentioned on WURD radio.

A post by Ben Smith on Semafor indicated that concerns about Biden extend beyond verbal errors, suggesting the president might be out of the loop regarding policy decisions at the White House.

Smith did not specify his source, other than describing them as an official with regular West Wing access, not within Biden’s “tight inner circle,” and as “a serious person.”

“It’s unclear even to some inside the West Wing policy process which policy issues reach the president, and how. Major decisions go into an opaque circle that includes White House chief of staff, Jeff Zients (who talks to the president regularly), and return concluded,” Smith wrote.

“I’m super proud of the policies. I’m talking to you because I’m incredibly upset and scared for the country and I would like to do what I can,” Smith quoted his source as saying.

Smith noted that White House aides are concerned about the “lack of briefings to the president” and “worry about the possibility of decisions ‘being made without him.’”

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