‘I’m not going anywhere’: Biden again slams calls for resignation

US President Joe Biden has dismissed calls to end his stalled re-election effort, insisting he’s “not going anywhere.”

Biden, 81, is under increasing pressure to address doubts about his physical and mental strength following his poor performance in last week’s debate with Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Three Democratic senators have publicly called on President Biden to resign after he repeatedly stumbled over his words and lost his train of thought during Thursday’s debate.

Several other Democrats have also publicly warned that they will lose to Trump in November’s presidential election.

Speaking to supporters who chanted “keep fighting!” at an Independence Day celebration on Thursday, Biden reiterated that he had no plans to withdraw from the race.

“You got me. I’m not going anywhere,” Biden said at a White House event.

In a pre-recorded radio interview that aired Thursday, Biden described his poor performance at the debate as a “bad night” and vowed to keep fighting.

“I failed. I made mistakes,” Biden said. “I was on stage for 90 minutes. Think about what I’ve done in the last three and a half years.”

Despite growing concern among Democrats and donors about Biden’s chances of winning, the president has so far avoided a major rebellion against his candidacy from within his own camp.

On Wednesday, a group of Democratic governors reiterated their support for Biden after meeting with him and Vice President Kamala Harris at the White House.

“The president has always had our backs, and we’re going to have his back,” Maryland Gov. Wes Moore told reporters.

Still, cracks in Biden’s base continue to appear.

On Thursday, Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton became the third Democrat to call on Biden to drop out of the race.

“President Biden has done a great deal for our country, but it’s time to follow in the footsteps of one of our founding fathers, George Washington, and step aside so new leadership can rise up to take on Donald Trump,” Moulton told Boston radio station WBUR.

Abigail Disney, heiress to the Disney fortune, has said she will not donate to Democrats as long as Biden remains in the race.

“This is reality, and this is no disrespect,” Disney told CNBC. “Biden is a good man and has served our country well, but the stakes are too high.”

Britain’s Economist newspaper joined a growing list of media outlets, including The New York Times and The Boston Globe, that have called on the president to resign.

Concerns about Biden’s age and intellectual ability, long-standing concerns among voters, have only intensified among the public since his debate appearance.

A New York Times/Siena College poll released Wednesday found that nearly three-quarters of registered voters said Biden is too old to serve a second term.

Biden is trailing Trump 49 percent to 41 percent, the largest margin since 2015.

If Biden withdraws, it will send the campaign into uncharted territory.

The US presidential primary season, when party members typically vote for their preferred candidates, is now over, although the party’s nominee won’t be finalized until next month’s Democratic National Convention.

Biden has won nearly all of his party’s delegates, making it unlikely he would be forced to step down against his will.

Vice President Kamala Harris, who has endorsed Biden, is seen as the favorite to succeed him if he leaves office, but like the other candidates, she is lagging behind Trump in opinion polls.

California Governor Gavin Newsom, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro have also been mentioned as possible successors.

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