Biden appeals to donors as concerns remain about his presidential debate performance

RED BANK, N.J. (AP) — President Joe Biden saw Regain your passion And he assured donors at a fundraiser on Saturday that he is fully prepared to take on the challenge. Donald Trump,

“I didn't have a good night, but I'm going to fight even harder,” Biden told attendees at the home of New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, insisting that “Donald Trump is a real threat to the country.” will undermine democracy His economic ideas would make inflation even worse if he returned to the White House.

81 years old Disturbing performance Biden's statements in the first presidential debate on Thursday shocked many Democrats who see Trump as a continued threat following the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection. Biden's errant answers and struggle to respond to Trump prompted The New York Times editorial board to declare on Friday that he should drop out of the race and that staying in it would be a “reckless gamble.”

A White House official said Saturday that Biden had already scheduled family photos at Camp David on Sunday and Monday, conflicting with an NBC News report that Biden would discuss the future of his re-election campaign with his family. The official insisted on anonymity to discuss Biden's family matters.

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Biden was seen speaking on the phone with historian Jon Meacham while heading to Camp David on Saturday night.

Biden and his wife, Jill, earlier attended an afternoon campaign event in East Hampton, New York, a Long Island beach town where real estate firm Zillow puts the median home price at $1.9 million. The event, closed to the news media, was at the home of Avram Glazer, owner of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers football team, according to public records.

The couple then headed to another event in East Hampton at the home of investor Barry Rosenstein, whose wife, Lizanne, said the president is “a perfect example of falling down again and again and getting back up again.”

He added, “We could waste time comparing debate nights. But you know what? It's more meaningful to compare the presidency.”

Addressing the gathering, Biden took aim at Trump's presidential record, including his treatment of veterans, and pointed to Trump's own poor performance Thursday night.

Biden argued that polls he has seen show Democrats have moved ahead since the debate, saying of Trump: “The biggest thing was his lies.”

After that debate, Biden show more enthusiasm He said in speeches in North Carolina and New York on Friday that he believes “with all his heart and soul” that he can do the job of being president.

The Biden campaign said it raised more than $27 million on Thursday and Friday, including $3 million raised at a New York City fundraising event focused on the LGBTQ+ community.

Jill Biden told supporters Friday that he told her after the debate, “You know, Jill, I don't know what happened. I didn't feel great.” The first lady said she responded to him, “Look, Joe, we're not going to let 90 minutes define the four years that you've been president.”

The Democratic president still needs to overcome the fear generated by the debate, as clips and memes spread on the Internet and the public is putting pressure on him to drop out of the race.

Democratic donors from New York, Southern California and Silicon Valley privately expressed deep concerns about the viability of Biden's campaign in the wake of his debate performance.

In a series of text message chains and private conversations, they discussed a short list of potential replacements, which included Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, California Governor Gavin Newsom and Vice President Kamala Harris.

But there was no formal pressure on Biden to step down on Friday, and some doubt it will ever be done given the challenges involved in replacing a presumptive nominee just four months before Election Day.

Some donors said they were putting their individual donations on hold. They said proceeds from Biden's weekend fundraising event would surely be good because tickets had already been sold and paid for before the debate.


Peoples reported from New York.

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