Biden Reportedly ‘Dangerously Out-of-Touch’ With Democratic Party and Voters Wishes

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David Axelrod, the former senior adviser to President Obama, warned that Biden “is dangerously out-of-touch” with where most of the country and swing voters are, particularly about what it will take as president and how he is viewed in a potential 2024 race.

Biden made his comments during a taped interview that aired Friday night on ABC News with host George Stephanopoulos, who asked the apparent Democratic presidential nominee to reflect on some of his biggest successes. He noted his work unifying NATO, pushing back against Putin and helping to keep Ukraine from further disintegration, in addition to the 200,000 jobs he’s aided Tennesseeanians in securing lately.

On X, Axelrod wrote: “The president is rightfully proud of his record. But he is dangerously out-of-touch with the concerns people have about his [capacities] moving forward and his standing in this race. Four years ago, at this time, he was 10 points ahead of Trump. Today, he is six points behind.”

Biden was asked by Stephanopoulos about the latest polls from The New York Times and NBC, which have the president down nearly six points in a popular vote matchup. Despite Biden having won the popular vote in 2020, Stephanopoulos went on to note that there is a disparity right now. In exchange, Biden replied to that…” I don’t buy that.”

When pressed if the risk was worth staying in the race, Biden replied self-assuredly: “I don’t think anybody is more qualified to be President, or win this race than me.”

Biden also discussed his performance during a recent debate with Trump, attributing his interruptive shouting tirade through the entire ninety-minute segment to Biden even though they silenced Trump’s microphones on and off. 

“Well, it came to me I was having a bad night when I realized that even when I was answering the question, even though they turned his mic off, he was still shouting. And I let it distract me,” Biden said. “But I’m not blaming it on that, but I realized that I just wasn’t in control.”

The ABC News interview marked Biden’s first sit-down interview since his widely panned debate performance, which included the president losing his train of thought, stumbling over his words and delivering responses in a raspy voice, something that the White House later blamed on a cold.

ABC News chief Washington correspondent Jonathan Karl and chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz agree that while Biden is more coherent in the interview than he was during the debate, it may not be enough to convince some within his own party.

Biden has since been taking heat on social media for his unclear answers during the debate.

House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries will convene a virtual meeting of top Democrats on Monday to talk about Biden’s next steps. Several Democrats have called for Biden to reconsider his candidacy after the debate, including Governor Maura Healey (D-MA) and Senator Mark Warner (D-VA).

Stephanopoulos also inquired about Biden’s fitness for office and whether or not there had been a neurological test conducted. Biden responded by insisting that he undergoes daily cognitive tests and that his medical team frequently evaluates him.

Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL) said Biden has an “impressive” record for his time in office, but should follow the calls from other Democrats to resign.

In additional excerpts of the interview that aired on “World News Tonight,” Biden said he was exhausted and tired during the debates, reiterating again in his off-script comments what he had informed medical care officials.

But even as pressure mounts on Biden, he has ruled out stepping aside and said at least 20 U.S. senators had called him after the debate to offer encouragement.