Photos of Biden, Harris Goes Viral Amid Talk of Him Dropping Out

Photos of Biden, Harris Goes Viral Amid Talk of Him Dropping Out

President Joe Biden appeared to try and support his vice president following a difficult post-debate week amid calls for him to step aside and let Kamala Harris take over.

During an Independence Day celebration at the White House, Biden took Harris' hand on the Truman Balcony and raised it, as reports indicated.

This gesture of unity comes amidst poor polling for Biden following his problematic performance against Trump last week in the first of two scheduled debates.

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A New York Times/Siena College poll published on Wednesday shows Trump leading Biden by a 49 percent to 43 percent margin among likely voters for the upcoming November 5 election.

This marks Trump's largest lead in a Times/Siena poll since 2015, during his campaign for the 2016 presidential election. Among all registered voters, Trump’s lead extends to nine points. Additionally, a Wall Street Journal poll found that Trump, 78, holds a six-point lead over Biden.

Under increasing pressure from his party to step aside, Biden told reporters in front of the White House that he intends to remain in the November race.

“I’m not going anywhere,” he said this week.

Biden struggled to clearly answer questions and clarify his plans during the debate, appearing unfocused at times. This prompted Democratic legislators, funders, and analysts to begin urging the president to withdraw from the race before the convention.

During the White House event on Thursday, Biden hailed WWII veterans as heroes who fought for freedom and democracy on the White House lawn. The address aimed to convince the president’s supporters that he is still capable of challenging Trump. Biden addressed reporters on his political future as he concluded his speech, reiterating his commitment to the 2024 race.

“You got me, man. I’m not going anywhere. Alright,” Biden told reporters. "You know, I used to think, when I was a Senator, there was always congestion on the highways. There’s no congestion anymore! We go out on the highway and there’s no congestion!”

He continued, “The way they get me to stop talking, they’ll say, ‘we just shut down all the roads, Mr. President. You’re gonna lose all the votes if you don’t get in,’ but anyway.”

Mediaite reported: “According to multiple reports, Biden spoke with Democratic governors at a private meeting at the White House on Wednesday evening, where he attempted to reassure them about his candidacy. The president told the officials that he needed more sleep and that his staff has been instructed to avoid scheduling events for him after 8 p.m.”

Earlier this week, reports surfaced alleging that Biden was seriously contemplating whether he should remain the Democratic presidential nominee.

According to a New York Times report, Biden told a “key ally” he realizes he might not be able to win re-election if he cannot convince the American people he is fit to serve following his poor debate performance.

“The president, who the ally emphasized is still deeply in the fight for re-election, understands that his next few appearances heading into the holiday weekend — including an interview scheduled for Friday with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News and campaign stops in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — must go well,” the report stated.

“He knows if he has two more events like that, we’re in a different place” by the end of the weekend, the unnamed source told the Times.

“The conversation is the first indication to become public that the president is seriously considering whether he can recover after a poor performance on the debate stage in Atlanta on Thursday. Concerns are growing about his viability as a candidate and whether he could serve as president for another four years. Campaign officials were nervously watching polls, recognizing that bad numbers could escalate the crisis. A CBS News poll on Wednesday showed former President Donald J. Trump edging ahead of Mr. Biden since the debate with 50 percent to 48 percent nationally and 51 percent to 48 percent in battleground states,” the Times reported.

White House Spokesman Andrew Bates disputed the report, saying: “That claim is absolutely false. If the New York Times had provided us with more than 7 minutes to comment, we would have told them so.”

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