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Joe Biden appeared to present combined alerts about the way forward for his presidential marketing campaign after his poor efficiency eventually Thursday’s debate. While the Biden marketing campaign on Wednesday jumped to announce that it had outraised Donald Trump in June, pulling in $127m to his $118m, rumors have been swirling about whether or not the president might successfully proceed within the race.

Insiders instructed The Independent that they consider there may be “no question” Vice President Kamala Harris would obtain the baton if Biden selected to not run in November.

But a Biden marketing campaign spokesperson, Seth Schuster, instructed The Independent that the president is “absolutely not dropping out.”

Harris would by no means overtly knife her boss. But the likelihood is clearly being mentioned amongst some Democrats.

If Biden makes the choice to step apart, that’s solely the primary query answered. Democrats will then have to choose a brand new presidential nominee. And the logistics surrounding that aren’t easy.

The trendy main campaigning and nominating course of started in earnest throughout John F Kennedy’s 1960 run for president. Prior to that, nominating a candidate bore extra resemblance to proverbial smoke-filled rooms the place get together elders choose the nominee away from the eyes and ears of the general public.

That’s infeasible on this second, notably for a celebration that payments itself as a defender of democracy.

At the identical time, Democrats danger an entire battle royale if too many candidates emerge. Should Biden stand down, the method must be very fastidiously dealt with to ensure this didn’t scupper the get together’s possibilities towards Donald Trump in November.

Enter James Zogby, a member of the Democratic National Committee who labored on Jesse Jackson’s campaigns and whom Bernie Sanders nominated to serve on the get together platform committee in 2016. This week, Zogby despatched a memo seen by The Independent to Democratic National Committee Chairman Jaime Harrison laying out learn how to exchange Biden within the occasion that he does step down.

“The central idea is to create a process that is open, transparent, and energizing, while, at the same time, legitimate and democratic,” the memo reads. “And it is one that is deeply respectful of the president and his accomplishments.”

The plan would require that any potential candidate safe the endorsement of 40 committee members — since most committee members are elected officers — and that they need to embody 4 members from every of the committee’s 4 areas.

After the deadline, candidates would seem throughout televised occasions to make their case to voters. That would culminate in a nominating course of on the Democratic National Convention.

“It is not a coronation,” the memo says. “…For at least one month, national media will be focused on our candidates and our exciting process, drawing sharp contrast with the antics of GOP nominee. Given that we can likely predict the pool of potential candidates (Vice President Harris, Governors, Senators, Members of Congress) — the debate they will have will no doubt be respectful and substantive.”

Zogby’s proposal is an audacious one to make certain. It would require TV networks to conform and broadcast the controversy. And regardless of his optimism, there isn’t a assure that the competition for delegates could be a clear combat.

Indeed, the previous methods have been rife with kickbacks, corruption and back-scratching. And Republicans would make hay concerning the disarray that Democrats face.

But it is perhaps one of many few choices the get together has. Democratic main voters selected Biden within the 2020 main nearly as quickly as he gained the South Carolina main after which, as a method to prohibit a challenger, the get together moved South Carolina up the calendar in 2024. Democrats ostracized heretics like Representative Dean Phillips who prompt one thing totally different, even when he was an admittedly imperfect messenger for his trigger.

As of proper now, it’s unclear whether or not the president would really step apart. But if Biden does exit the stage, many Democrats would possibly need to try Zogby’s proposal — particularly contemplating a latest post-debate ballot confirmed Biden shedding towards Trump.

The president has tried to clarify away his debate efficiency with a wide range of excuses. At a rally in Virginia within the instant aftermath of the controversy, he prompt that he was exhausted as a result of jet lag. He instructed donors that “I decided to travel around the world a couple of times,” earlier than taking the stage, including: “I didn’t listen to my staff” and “I almost fell asleep onstage.” He then apologized for the faltering efficiency that despatched Democrats into disaster.

But this excuse appears to be — to borrow a favourite phrase of the president — malarkey. Biden spent the higher a part of every week getting ready for the controversy. He went to Camp David to workshop his responses. Indeed, Republicans complained that Biden had spent his time cloistered to arrange as an alternative of holding rallies like Trump did.