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  • The Atlantic

More Questions Than Answers in the Aftermath of the Debate

Going into the first 2024 presidential debate, the Biden campaign’s goal was to draw a stark contrast between the president and Donald Trump. But, amid the fallout over Biden’s performance in the event, Democrats are faced with what once seemed like a forbidden question: Will Biden leave the race?

In the aftermath of the debate, Democrats across the country are voicing resounding concern with Biden’s age and ability to hold office for another four years. The debate unleashed a “funereal environment” among the president’s supporters, Mark Leibovich said on Washington Week With The Atlantic last night. And for some Democrats, a twofold rhetoric has emerged over whether Biden should step aside: “In private they all basically agree; in public they are going to … vouch for Biden and say he’s never been sharper,” Leibovich said.


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