Biden says he 'can do the job' after disastrous debate with Trump, Obama backs him | EUROtoday

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“II can do the job.” Joe Biden sought Friday to silence claims that he may withdraw from the presidential race after a disastrous debate with Donald Trump that deeply shook his supporters.

“I don't speak as easily as before, I don't speak as easily as before, I don't debate as well as before,” admitted the 81-year-old Democrat at a gathering in Raleigh, North Carolina. “I give you my word from Biden. I would not run again if I did not believe, with all my heart and all my soul, that I can do this job,” added the American president, saying his “intention to win” this disputed southern state. East.

Obama helps Biden

No query of withdrawal of candidacy, due to this fact, for a president virtually unrecognizable on Friday, after the 90 painful minutes he spent Thursday night dealing with his 78-year-old Republican rival, between swallowed phrases, unfinished sentences and haggard expression. The chief subsequently acquired the sturdy help of Barack Obama – who stays some of the revered voices within the Democratic Party.

“Bad debates happen,” disregarded the previous president, assuring that this election “remained a choice” between somebody “who fought all his life for ordinary people” and Donald Trump, “who does not only cares about himself. » In Raleigh, Joe Biden – helped, unlike the day before, by a teleprompter – repeated all the attacks that fell flat during the debate, praised his record and his ideas. He even took a few running strides when arriving on stage.

Donald Trump “is a wave of crime all by himself,” he stated about his opponent who was criminally convicted and prosecuted in a sequence of instances.

“Trump ate him alive”

At his aspect, his spouse Jill Biden, very concerned on this re-election try, wore a costume with a number of inscriptions “Vote.”

The Biden camp due to this fact needs to consider that by November, the horrible impression left Thursday night may fade, whereas the “lies” spouted by Donald Trump and the issues for American democracy would take over.

It will probably be tough. The Raleigh speech clearly has, by way of viewers, nothing corresponding to the talk organized by CNN. According to the Nielsen institute, the latter attracted 48 million viewers.

“Joe Biden, a good man, a good president, is not in a position to run for re-election,” wrote an editorialist for the New York TimesThomas Friedman, even saying he “cried” on the efficiency of his “friend” Joe Biden.

Even Donald Trump's supporters have been cautious to not add extra. “The guy almost hurt me. Trump ate him whole,” commented Paul Meade, a 65-year-old retiree met by Agence France Presse in Chesapeake, Virginia, the place the 78-year-old billionaire is anticipated early this afternoon.

Kamala Harris, in case of withdrawal

Vice President Kamala Harris herself acknowledged that Joe Biden had a “laborious” begin however felt that he had completed “strongly” towards an opponent who made a sequence of false claims with out ever shedding his calm or his aplomb. The 59-year-old Democrat will marketing campaign in Nevada on Friday.

His title is clearly on the listing of those that may substitute Joe Biden within the occasion of his withdrawal earlier than November, together with these of a number of distinguished Democratic governors, corresponding to Gavin Newsom in California or Gretchen Whitmer in Michigan.