Biden Says Travel Schedule Before Debate Reason He ‘Almost Fell Asleep Onstage’ | EUROtoday

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President Joe Biden acknowledged once more Tuesday that he didn’t have the “best debate night” throughout his match-up in opposition to his presumptive GOP competitor, Donald Trump, however mentioned he’s “feeling good about what’s happening” along with his marketing campaign.

The president made the remarks at a fundraiser in McLean, Virginia, amid rising concern amongst outstanding Democrats about his reelection bid. The White House has been on harm management over the previous week, making an attempt to assuage voters’ fears about Biden’s age.

He mentioned Tuesday that his schedule earlier than the talk “wasn’t very smart,” noting he had traveled world wide “a couple times” beforehand.

“I decided to travel around the world a couple times, going through I don’t know how many time zones,” Biden mentioned. “For real I think it was 15 time zones…I didn’t listen to my staff.”

“And then I almost fell asleep onstage,” he added.

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden arrive at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey on June 29.
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden arrive at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey on June 29.

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The president went on to apologize to donors for his efficiency, however mentioned it was “critical” Democrats win the election, and mentioned his remarks had been “not an excuse, but an explanation.” He mentioned his reelection bid had raised $38 million since his debate look.

Biden did have two worldwide journeys within the weeks earlier than the talk, together with a go to to France after which one other to the G7 summit in Italy.

It stays unclear how his effort will play with the social gathering because it heads into its nominating conference in August. Many of Biden’s allies — together with former President Barack Obama and California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) — have come to his protection, whereas others have begun to interrupt away. Democratic Rep. Lloyd Doggett (Texas) known as on Biden to surrender his bid, the primary social gathering member in Congress to take action.

Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) additionally mentioned it was comprehensible to ask concerning the president’s health.