Joe Biden will never step aside for this year’s presidential election, according to his campaign chief.
During an appearance on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” the former mayor of New Orleans turned Biden campaign chief Mitch Landrieu was asked by host Kristen Welker about recent speculation around the president’s mental and physical capacity to hold office.
“Our NBC news poll found that 76% of voters are concerned about whether the president has the necessary mental and physical health to be president for a second term,” she asked. “What is the plan to convince voters otherwise?”
Speculation about Biden’s future has been rife this week after the release of Special Counsel Robert Hur’s report into Biden’s mishandling of classified documents. The report found that although Biden had likely committed a crime, his declining mental condition meant that bringing charges against him would not be in the public interest.
As such, Welker followed up by asking how Landrieu would respond to the growing number of Democratic Party figures who have called on Biden to step aside and allow someone else to take his place:
In order to replace Biden, Democrats would obviously have to find another candidate. One name that has repeatedly been mentioned is Michelle Obama.
However, that possibility was dismissed by Barack Obama’s former strategist and senior adviser, David Axelrod, who pointed out that the former First Lady does not enjoy politics:
Biden, meanwhile, insisted during a disastrous press conference on Thursday that his memory is “fine” and that the report’s findings were wrong:
However, Biden quickly undermined his claim of mental sharpness when he confused Egyptian leader Abdel Fattah El-Sisi with the president of Mexico.