Biden refuses ‘cognitive test’ to claim victory in US presidential election

US President Joe Biden has ruled out undergoing cognitive or independent medical testing to determine whether he suffers from a neurological disorder, and reiterated his determination to defeat rival Donald Trump in the next presidential election.

“I take cognitive tests every day. I take this test every day, and (the tests) are the only thing I do,” he told ABC News in a recorded interview that aired Friday night.

Speaking about the June 27 debate with rival Trump, the president said, “There were no signs of anything serious. I was exhausted. I didn’t follow my instincts in terms of preparing. It was a bad night.” He added, “It was a bad night. I don’t know why.”

When asked by the moderator if he realistically thought Biden could beat Trump, given the widening gap between him and Trump in the polls, Biden replied, “I don’t think there’s anybody better suited to the job than me,” saying he didn’t believe many of the polls that showed him lagging behind Trump and insisted he could win.

“Every pollster I’ve spoken to says it’s decided,” he said. “There’s still a lot of time left in the race.”

Biden denied reports that top Democrats in Congress had called for him to resign and denied any “intimation” that he would do so if aides asked him to.

He said he speaks regularly with Democratic leaders in Congress, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) and former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

But the interview did little to ease growing concerns within the Democratic Party about Biden’s candidacy. “Every day that he’s late makes it harder for anyone else to get in to defeat Donald Trump,” Rep. Lloyd Doggett said after the interview.

“I don’t know how he’s going to continue to be a candidate this week,” said an aide to a top House Democratic leader.

Biden has repeatedly refused to withdraw despite growing calls for him to do so following his “poor” performance in the first presidential debate with President Trump.


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