2024 election updates: 'I've gotta finish this job,' Biden says

He is holding his first post-debate news conference.

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Last updated: Friday, July 12, 2024 1:07AM GMT
Biden holds press conference amid calls to drop out of campaign
President Biden answered questions from reporters as he faced growing calls from within his own party to step aside from his re-election bid.

President Joe Biden is facing a critical point in his reelection bid as Democratic calls for him to exit the 2024 race continue to mount despite his efforts to shut them down.

A poor debate performance against Donald Trump reignited questions about Biden's age and fitness to carry out his campaign and serve another four years. Biden has defiantly insisted he is staying the course, telling lawmakers this week he is not going anywhere.

Thursday evening, Biden held his first post-debate news conference.

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Jul 12, 2024, 12:50 AM GMT

Top Dem on House Intelligence Committee calls on Biden to step aside after press conference

Following President Biden's NATO press conference, Connecticut Congressman Jim Himes released a statement, calling on Biden to "step away from the presidential campaign."

"The 2024 election will define the future of American democracy, and we must put forth the strongest candidate possible to confront the threat posed by Trump's MAGA authoritarianism," Himes said.

Moments after the news conference with President Biden, Rep. Jim Himes of Connecticut, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee called on the president to step aside.

"I no longer believe that is Joe Biden, and I hope that, as he has throughout a lifetime of public service, he will continue to put our nation first, and, as he promised, make way for a new generation of leaders," he said.

Rep. Himes becomes the 15th House Dem to call for this publicly, per ABC News' count.

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Jul 12, 2024, 12:52 AM GMT

Biden bats away questions about age and fitness during lengthy solo news conference

Biden has wrapped up a nearly hourlong news conference in which he batted away questions about his age and fitness for office, while defending his record.

The president opened with an eight-minute statement, largely about the NATO summit he hosted in Washington, before taking reporters' questions.

Biden called on reporters from 10 news organizations. He was asked about Democrats calling on him to drop his reelection bid, Vice President Kamala Harris and foreign policy.

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Jul 12, 2024, 12:40 AM GMT

Biden says won't leave the presidential race as long as he has a chance to win

The president insisted that he has no plans to drop out to make room for Vice President Kamala Harris or anyone else.

Asked if he would considering bowing out before November if shown data that Harris could perform better against Trump, Biden responded, "No, unless they came back and said, 'There's no way you can win.'"

"No one's saying that," Biden said. "No poll says that."

He conceded that there are probably other candidates "who can beat Trump" but pointed to his campaign's strong fundraising and operations in battleground states, noting that anyone other than him would have "to start from scratch."

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Jul 12, 2024, 12:39 AM GMT

Biden cedes 'others could beat Trump' but believes he's most qualified

"I think I am the best qualified to win," Biden said as his news conference neared an end. "But there are other people who could beat Trump, too."

"But it would be hard to start from scratch," he quickly added. "We talk about money raised. We are not doing bad. We've got about $220 million in the bank. We are doing well."

President Joe Biden speaks at a news conference following the NATO Summit in Washington, Thursday, July 11, 2024.
President Joe Biden speaks at a news conference following the NATO Summit in Washington, Thursday, July 11, 2024.