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Joe Biden’s ABC interview won’t dispel doubts about his future

Joe Biden’s ABC interview won’t dispel doubts about his future

IPRESIDENT He was tanned, rested and largely coherent during a high-pressure prime-time interview with ABC News from July 5. Joe Biden expressed confidence, bordering on arrogance, about his presidency and his ability to defeat Donald Trump in November. And he made clear that he had no plans to abandon his reelection bid. Had the interview gone badly, Biden would surely step aside next week. That now seems less likely.

With no ties and visibly impatient at times, the 81-year-old president refused to accept the possibility that his presence at the top of the ticket had become a liability for Democrats down the ticket, as polls suggest. “Look, I mean, if the Lord almighty came and said, ‘Joe, get out of the race,’ then I would get out of the race,” Biden said. “But the Lord almighty is not going to come. I’m talking about these hypotheticals.”