Joe Biden about to withdraw? These campaign dates could be decisive


Lerato Khumalo

For Joe Biden, the next few days could decide whether he will be a candidate for the Democrats. The president must now master the following deadlines.

Joe Biden must now give it his all: According to several media reports, the incumbent US President is considering withdrawing from the election campaign – but the White House immediately denied the report.

The New York Times writes that Biden spoke to an “important ally” about it. According to the ally, the 81-year-old said that he knew he might not be able to save his candidacy if he could not convince the public of his suitability as a presidential candidate in the coming days.

But which dates could be decisive for the Democrat now? t-online provides an overview.

On Wednesday evening German time, Biden will give a speech at the White House to award the Presidential Medal of Honor, the highest military award of the American government. It will be given posthumously to two soldiers in the US Civil War who stole a Confederate train.

Afterwards, at 12:30 a.m. German time, Biden will meet with Democratic governors in the White House – apparently to secure support. According to the US newspaper “The Hill”, a representative of the Biden campaign said that the meeting “will discuss the race for the presidency in 2024 and the urgency of defeating Donald Trump”.

According to “The Hill”, the governor of Illinois, JB Pritzker, and the governor of Kentucky, Andy Beshear, are expected to attend the meeting in person, as their offices confirmed to “The Hill”.

What’s interesting is that California Governor Gavin Newsom – who is being considered as a possible replacement candidate – will also be attending, according to the report. Several governors will join via Zoom, it says. The date is not public.

Thursday, July 4th is a national holiday in the USA – Independence Day. In the afternoon, Biden and his wife Jill Biden will host a barbecue with active military personnel and their families. In the evening, there will be further celebrations. Families of soldiers, veterans and survivors are invited, and Biden will also give a speech there.

The Biden couple will then watch the Independence Day fireworks from the White House over the National Mall – the promenade between the US Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC

The most important appointment for Biden is scheduled for Friday: He will give an interview to ABC News, although it will not be broadcast live. The first excerpts will be shown on Saturday night German time, with further parts being broadcast over the weekend. According to the broadcaster, the full interview will be broadcast for the first time on Sunday.

The interviewer is no stranger: George Stephanopoulos will question the US President – most likely also on the question of whether he will withdraw from the election campaign. Stephanopoulos was former President Bill Clinton’s communications director in the 1990s and later became his advisor. Shortly after Clinton’s re-election, however, he left the staff.

In addition, campaign appearances are planned in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania in the coming days. Next week he plans to hold a press conference at the NATO summit in Washington.