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Biden faces crucial stretch

President Biden faces a critical time for the future of his candidacy as he tries to shore up support within his party and overcome doubts about his ability to defeat Donald Trump. 

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Biden has so far managed to weather the storm in the aftermath of his poor debate performance late last month that raised alarm bells among Democrats about whether he’s up to the task of winning the November election. He has received statements of support from some key Democratic leaders and groups, but he’s not out of the woods yet in being able to continue running. 


The presumptive Democratic nominee has been stepping up his insistence that he’s not dropping out of the race and making a few appearances to make the case to voters and members of his party. 


Following his sit-down interview with ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos that aired Friday, he called in to MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Monday in which he dismissed calls for him to step aside as coming from “elites.” 


He also sent a letter to congressional Democrats as a handful have called for him to drop out, rejecting those calls as ignoring the will of voters. He said he is not “blind” to good-faith concerns but would not be running if he did not believe he is best suited to beat Trump


“The question of how to move forward has been well-aired for over a week now. And it’s time for it to end,” Biden wrote. “Any weakening of resolve or lack of clarity about the task ahead only helps Trump and hurts us. It is time to come together.” 


The White House has also stressed Biden’s ability to serve as president. Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre went back and forth with reporters during the press briefing on Monday over reports on visitor logs that showed a neurologist specializing in Parkinson’s disease visited the White House eight times in an eight-month period. 


Jean-Pierre said Biden is not being treated for Parkinson’s. The White House later released a letter from Biden’s physician stating that the neurologist’s overall medical and military background is the reason why he saw Biden and not his expertise in movement disorders. 


All eyes will be on Biden this week at the NATO Summit that he is hosting in Washington, D.C. He is set to give a press conference on Thursday, one that observers will look to for evidence as to whether Biden is up for the four months left of the campaign and another term in office. 

Essential Reads 

Key election stories and other recent campaign coverage:

Vice President Harris on Tuesday launched an initiative to engage Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) voters for President Biden’s reelection campaign ahead of November. Harris posted a video on the social platform X announcing the initiative. She is the first person of South Asian descent to serve as vice president. “Like so many, we were raised, all of us, to understand the value of hard work, the …

Former Vice President Mike Pence admonished GOP leaders Tuesday for approving a 2024 party platform that significantly shifted its stance on abortion, calling on delegates to restore the previous language during next week’s national convention. “The RNC platform is a profound disappointment to the millions of pro-life Republicans that have always looked to the Republican Party to stand for life,” Pence said …

Former President Trump holds a 5-point lead over President Biden in the critical battleground state of Wisconsin, according to a new poll.  A poll by AARP, which was conducted by Fabrizio Ward and Impact Research, showed Trump ahead of Biden 50 percent support to 45 percent when the two are placed in a match-up against each other, with 4 percent of respondents undecided and 1 percent saying “other.” When Trump and Biden …

The Countdown 

Upcoming news themes and events we’re watching:

6 days until the Republican National Convention 41 days until the Democratic National Convention 
119 days until the 2024 general election 195 days until Inauguration Day 2025 

In Other News 

Branch out with a different read from The Hill:

Former President Trump holds a 3-point lead over President Biden, a new national poll found. The latest Emerson College poll, released Tuesday, found Trump leading with 46 percent of support among registered voters compared to Biden’s 43 percent. The poll also found that 11 percent of respondents were undecided. When undecided voters were asked which candidate they were leaning toward, they were split evenly, with 50 percent …

Democratic strategist James Carville said Monday that President Biden dropping out of the race is “inevitable.” “I don’t predict things, I’m just tellin’ ya, it’s inevitable,” Carville told NewsNation anchor Chris Cuomo in a clip highlighted by Mediaite. “He will come to the conclusion. People will get the message to him. He will understand, his family will understand. They’ll pray on it and they’ll make the right decision.” …

Around the Nation 

Local and state headlines regarding campaigns and elections:

Judge rules Milwaukee protest group cannot march through RNC security zone (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Democrats troll Trump ahead of Miami-Dade campaign rally with Project 2025 billboards (Miami Herald

What We’re Reading 

Election news we’ve flagged from other outlets:

Harris kicks off campaign sprint under a new spotlight (The Washington Post) In a town Biden won by 19 votes, debate stirs doubts he can win again this year (CNN
Black lawmakers are a key line of defense for Biden as he fights to save his campaign (NBC News

Elsewhere Today 

Key stories on The Hill right now:

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced Monday that he and other Senate Democrats will work to advance legislation to strip former President Trump of the immunity he was granted under a recent Supreme Court ruling protecting a president’s official acts from criminal prosecution. Schumer, invoking Congress’s powers to regulate … Read more

Florida Satanists are volunteering to fill school counselor roles after Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed a law allowing religious chaplains into public schools amid staffing shortages. “Nothing in the text of the bill serves to exclude us, and no credible interpretation of the First Amendment could. Should a school district now choose to have … Read more

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