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Photo of Biden, Harris Goes Viral Amid Rumors of Him Dropping Out

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President Joe Biden appeared to try and bolster his vice president following his rough post-debate week amid calls for him to step down and allow Kamala Harris to take over.

During an Independence Day celebration at the White House, Biden took Harris’ hand on the Truman Balcony of the White House and raised it, reports noted.

The sign of unity comes amid horrid polling for Biden following his disastrous 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 registered voters likely to vote in the upcoming November 5 election.

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This represents 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 mounting pressure from his party to step aside, Biden told reporters in front of the White House that he intends to remain in the November contest.

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

Biden struggled to clearly answer questions and clarify his plans during the debate, appearing vacant at times. That led Democratic legislators, funders, and analysts to begin urging the president to drop out of the race before the convention.

During the White House event on Thursday, Biden hailed WW2 veterans as heroes who battled for freedom and democracy on the White House lawn. The address was meant to persuade the followers of the president that he is still qualified to challenge Trump. Biden answered reporters on his political future as he concluded his address, stating he was not wavering from the 2024 contest.

“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 elected officials that he needed to get more sleep and that his staff have been instructed to avoid scheduling events for him after 8 p.m.”

Earlier this week, reports broke 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 persuade the American people he is fit to serve following his horrendous 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 said.

“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 devastating performance on the debate stage in Atlanta on Thursday. Concerns are mounting 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 fuel 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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