In an anticipated interview with ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos, President Joe Biden dismissed suggestions that his age and declining poll numbers should prompt him to step aside. “I don’t think anybody’s more qualified to be president or win this race than me,” Biden asserted. “If the Lord Almighty came down and said, ‘Joe, get out of the race,’ I’d get out of the race. The Lord Almighty’s not coming down.”

Challenges Ahead

During the interview, Biden also dismissed concerns about trailing Trump in polls and the belief that many Democrats want him to drop out. He refuted worries that his age and health might impede his ability to serve another term, asserting, “I have a cognitive test every single day. Not only am I campaigning, I’m running the world.”

Staying in the Race

At a rally in Madison, Biden acknowledged the ongoing speculation about his potential withdrawal in favor of another Democratic contender before the party’s convention in Chicago this August. “I am running and going to win again,” Biden declared, receiving enthusiastic applause from the crowd in the progressive city.

Defiant Stand

“They’re trying to push me out of the race,” Biden stated firmly, reading from a teleprompter. “Let me be clear: I’m staying in the race.” The 81-year-old president aims to reinforce his position during this crucial period, countering doubts about his candidacy and capacity to defeat Trump, the presumed Republican nominee. According to a recent Wall Street Journal poll, Trump is widening his lead, which has caused unease among major donors and Democratic lawmakers.

Addressing Concerns

Biden has been working to solidify support among Democratic congressional leaders and other key allies, convincing them of his ability to win and serve another term. However, some Democratic lawmakers have privately expressed serious concerns about his continued candidacy. In the Senate, Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia has reportedly discussed Biden’s future with fellow Democrats. When asked about Warner’s efforts, Biden responded that he believed Warner was alone in considering such a move.

Voters’ Choice

Biden urged voters to consider his accomplishments. “Who’s going to hold NATO together like me? Who’s going to checkmate China in the Pacific Basin?” he asked. He dismissed hypothetical questions about stepping aside for another Democrat, reiterating his determination to stay in the race unless divinely directed otherwise.

Facing the Crisis

Biden’s debate performance in Atlanta last week has intensified calls from some donors and lawmakers for him to exit the race. Nevertheless, Biden insisted that most people do not share this view and emphasized that no one has suggested he needs an independent neurological examination.

This steadfast stance and ongoing efforts to secure support highlight the president’s commitment to his re-election campaign, despite the mounting challenges and skepticism from within his party.