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Joe Biden says he ‘practically fell asleep’ throughout U.S. presidential debate after world journey


File image of U.S. President Joe Biden in the course of the first presidential debate hosted by CNN in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., June 27, 2024.
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U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday acknowledged his efficiency in the course of the June 27 presidential debate wasn’t his greatest, however blamed it on jet lag after two abroad journeys earlier in June.

Mr. Biden has confronted mounting questions on his 2024 reelection bid after final week’s shaky debate efficiency, with one House of Representatives fellow Democrat on Tuesday publicly calling on him to withdraw from the race.

Speaking at a marketing campaign occasion in McLean, Virginia, on Tuesday night, Mr. Biden admitted the controversy in opposition to former President Donald Trump, his Republican rival, didn’t go effectively.

“I didn’t have my best night, but the fact is that you know, I wasn’t very smart,” Mr. Biden said, speaking at the campaign fundraiser without the aid of a teleprompter. “I decided to travel around the world a couple times, going through around 100 time zones… before… the debate.

“Didn’t listen to my staff and came back and nearly fell asleep on stage,” he said. “That’s no excuse but it is an explanation.”

Mr. Biden traveled to France and Italy throughout two separate journeys within the house of two weeks final month, flying in a single day from the Group of Seven summit in Bari, Italy, to seem at a fundraiser with former President Barack Obama in Los Angeles on June 15 earlier than returning to Washington the next day.

He then spent six days at Camp David getting ready for the June 27 debate.

White House officers have blamed Mr. Biden’s halting efficiency in the course of the debate on a chilly. Mr. Biden didn’t point out being sick throughout Tuesday’s fundraiser.

A brand new Reuters/Ipsos ballot that closed on Tuesday confirmed that one in three Democrats suppose Mr. Biden ought to finish his reelection bid following the controversy, however no distinguished elected Democrat does any higher than Mr. Biden in a hypothetical matchup in opposition to Mr. Trump.

The two-day ballot discovered that each Mr. Trump, 78, and Mr. Biden, 81, keep the help of 40% of registered voters, suggesting that Mr. Biden has not misplaced floor because the debate. Election Day is November 5.

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