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New York Times editorial board urges Biden to drop out of presidential race

  • The New York Times editorial board urged President Joe Biden to exit the 2024 presidential race.
  • The newspaper cited Biden’s poor performance against Republican former President Donald Trump in their first debate on Thursday.
  • The editorial comes as a number of Democrats and fundraisers consider pushing for Biden to step aside in the contest.

The New York Times editorial board on Friday urged President Joe Biden to exit the presidential election contest against Donald Trump, citing the Democrat's poor debate performance the previous night.

"The president appeared on Thursday night as the shadow of a great public servant," the Times editorial said. "He struggled to explain what he would accomplish in a second term. He struggled to respond to Mr. Trump's provocations. He struggled to hold Mr. Trump accountable for his lies, his failures and his chilling plans. More than once, he struggled to make it to the end of a sentence."

"Mr. Biden has said that he is the candidate with the best chance of taking on this threat of tyranny and defeating it. His argument rests largely on the fact that he beat Mr. Trump in 2020," it said. "That is no longer a sufficient rationale for why Mr. Biden should be the Democratic nominee this year."

The stunning editorial came a day after Biden gave a blundering performance in his first debate against Trump in the 2024 White House race.

''It should be remembered that Mr. Biden challenged Mr. Trump to this verbal duel,'' the editorial said. "He set the rules, and he insisted on a date months earlier than any previous general election debate. He understood that he needed to address longstanding public concerns about his mental acuity and that he needed to do so as soon as possible."

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