Joe Biden vows he WILL fight Trump but admits he's 'not blind' to concerns about his age

Joe Biden vows he WILL fight Trump but admits he's 'not blind' to concerns about his age

Joe Biden vows he WILL fight Trump but admits he's 'not blind' to concerns about his age

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Jack Walters

By Jack Walters


Published: 08/07/2024

- 15:33

Updated: 08/07/2024

- 16:16

The 46th President is under pressure to stand aside after a disastrous debate against Donald Trump last month

Joe Biden has vowed to fight Donald Trump on November 5 but admits he is "not blind" to concerns about his age.

In a letter to Democrats in Congress, the 81-year-old President stressed he remains "firmly committed" to his re-election campaign.


Biden wrote: "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 added: "I can respond to all this by saying clearly and unequivocally: I wouldn't be running again if I did not absolutely believe I was the best person to beat Donald Trump in 2024."

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In an interview with MSNBC, Biden also said: "I am not going anywhere."

Biden claimed losing is "not an option" and stressed he is getting "frustrated by elites" in the Democratic Paty calling for him to quit.

Biden's announcement might bring some joy to Trump's campaign after the 45th President emerged victorious in the first head-to-head debate ahead of November 5.

Despite the public turning towards Trump during the heated exchange, opinion polls suggest Biden remains better placed than Vice President Kamala Harris to take on the ex-President.

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JL Partners revealed 47 per cent of voters currently support Trump, with just 42 per cent backing Biden.

However, Trump's vote share increases to 49 per cent against Harris, with the Vice President slumping to as low as 38 per cent.

California Governor Gavin Newsom and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer were also earmarked as contenders to challenge Trump later this year.

Speculation about blunderous Biden stepping aside came after his gaffe-filled appearance last month.

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The 46th President has long been known to make a number of mistakes but the debate appeared to expose the issue to an even greater extent.

Trump could also help Biden make the race more competitive if any number of his legal challenges raise concerns with US voters, particularly following his conviction in last month's Stormy Daniels hush money case.

However, in a boost to the 78-year-old, Trump's classified documents trial has been postponed indefinitely.

The turbulent 2024 campaign could break a number of historic trends previously seen in US political history.

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Lyndon B Johnson was the last Commander-in-Chief to not contest a second US Presidential Election in 1968.

Trump would also become the second President to serve two non-consecutive terms in the Oval Office if he wins on November 5.

Despite pleading not guilty to all charges brought against him, concerns about Trump's legal woes also raise comparisons with 1920 Socialist Party contender Eugene Debs.

Debs received almost a million votes while being banged up at Atlanta Federal Penitentiary.

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