U.S Election: Biden's Raspy Debate Performance Raises Questions About His Future, Trump Allies Claim Victory

U.S Election: Biden’s Raspy Debate Performance Raises Questions About His Future As Trump Allies Claim Victory

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Biden Struggles in Debate Against Trump

President Joe Biden faced off against former President Donald Trump in their first debate ahead of the November election.

 

Biden’s performance, marked by a raspy voice and moments of confusion, has sparked concerns about his ability to serve another term.

Uneven Start Raises Concerns

Biden’s uneven performance, especially at the beginning, has led many Americans to question whether, at 81, he is too old to serve as president.

David Axelrod, a former advisor to President Obama, commented, “He seemed a little disoriented. He did get stronger as the debate went on, but the initial panic had set in.”

Van Jones, another Democratic strategist, said, “He did not do well at all.”

Defending His Record

Despite his shaky start, Biden attempted to provoke Trump by addressing his recent felony conviction, alleged insults of World War I veterans, and other controversies.

However, Trump’s refusal to clearly state he would accept the election results and his repeated false claims about the economy and illegal immigration overshadowed Biden’s attacks.

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Voice and Health Issues

Biden’s raspy voice was apparent from the beginning. A person familiar with the situation said Biden was suffering from a cold, although he tested negative for COVID-19.

This health issue and his age added to the concerns about his ability to continue in the race.

Democratic Reactions

Prominent Democrats voiced their concerns publicly. Rosemarie DeAngelis, a Democrat from South Portland, Maine, said, “He gave the right answers but didn’t have the spark we needed tonight.”

Vice President Kamala Harris defended Biden, stating, “There was a slow start, but there was a strong finish.”

Key Debate Moments

Biden struggled with several key issues during the debate. On abortion rights, he was unable to explain his stance on Roe v. Wade clearly. His answer on the issue of abortion restrictions was messy and confusing, raising further questions about his clarity and focus.

On climate change, Biden was more assertive, stating, “The only existential threat to humanity is climate change, and he didn’t do a damn thing about it.”

Trump’s Defense

Trump, on the other hand, remained unapologetic about the January 6 Capitol insurrection, stating, “On Jan. 6, we were respected all over the world. And now we’re laughed at.” He also shifted blame to then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the insurrection.

Trump’s defense of those convicted for their roles in the insurrection was stark, “What they’ve done to some people that are so innocent, you ought to be ashamed of yourself.”

Polling Concerns

Polls show that 59% of U.S. adults are very concerned about Biden’s age, with only 18% having the same level of concern about Trump. Among Democrats, 31% expressed significant concern about Biden’s age.

Post-Debate Reactions

Trump’s allies were quick to declare victory. Chris LaCivita, a senior advisor to Trump, called it “the most lopsided win in debate history.”

Meanwhile, California Governor Gavin Newsom, a prominent supporter of Biden, dismissed questions about stepping in for Biden, stating, “I will never turn my back on him.”

Biden’s Response

Biden briefly addressed supporters after the debate, indicating he has no plans to leave the race. “See you at the next one,” he said, showing his determination to continue despite the challenges.

Looking Ahead

As the election approaches, Biden’s performance and health will continue to be under scrutiny. His ability to maintain clarity and focus in future debates will be crucial in assuring voters of his capability to serve another term as president.

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Emmanuel Ochayi is a journalist. He is a graduate of the University of Lagos, School of first choice and the nations pride. Emmanuel is keen on exploring writing angles in different areas, including Business, climate change, politics, Education, and others.

Emmanuel Ochayi is a journalist. He is a graduate of the University of Lagos, School of first choice and the nations pride. Emmanuel is keen on exploring writing angles in different areas, including Business, climate change, politics, Education, and others.

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