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Biden to campaign in Michigan, vows to stay in presidential race

Biden to campaign in Michigan, vows to stay in presidential race

Biden to campaign in Michigan, vows to stay in presidential race

President Joe Biden will return to Michigan on Friday, the campaign said in a statement Sunday night, as he tries to recover from his first 2024 debate against Republican Donald Trump.

Biden, the current Democratic president, will visit Detroit, the Biden campaign said.

It will be Biden’s fourth trip to Michigan this year and comes 116 days before the Nov. 5 presidential election. Four years ago, Biden beat Trump, who was president, by 154,000 votes or 3 percentage points, 51%-48%, in Michigan.

But Biden’s campaign has faced turbulence since the June 27 debate, during which he gave a handful of rambling and confusing answers, including saying at one point, “We finally beat Medicare.”

The 81-year-old’s performance prompted some pundits and five Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives to call on him to step aside and let Democrats choose someone else to be their nominee to face Trump this fall. Biden has rejected their pressure and asserted that he will win the election.

“I will not let a 90-minute debate ruin 3 1/2 years of work,” Biden tweeted Friday. “I will stay in the race and beat Donald Trump.”

Then on Saturday, he posted: “I beat Trump in 2020. I’m going to beat him again in 2024.”

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Biden was in Wisconsin on Friday, will visit Pennsylvania on Sunday and return to Michigan next Friday. Together, the three states helped propel Biden to victory in 2020 and to secure 44 electoral votes in 2024.

Biden was interviewed by ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos in Wisconsin on Friday.

“I became convinced of two things: I’m the most qualified person to beat him, and I know how to get things done,” Biden said of Trump during the interview.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who are both potential future Democratic presidential candidates, have continued to voice their support for Biden. Newsom campaigned for Biden in Michigan on Thursday.

“Joe Biden is our president,” Newsom said during a stop in South Haven. “He said he was fully committed. I doubled down, I said I was fully committed. And not only that, I’m here with you to prove it.”

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Trump’s last trip to Michigan was on June 15, when he spoke at a Detroit church and a convention of conservative activists. Trump criticized Biden in a post on the social media platform Truth Social Friday.

“Crooked Joe Biden should ignore his many critics and move forward, with alacrity and strength, with his powerful and far-reaching campaign,” Trump wrote.

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