Biden interview live: Biden rejects cognitive test and dismisses debate as “a bad night”

Joe Biden refuses to drop out of presidential race

President Joe Biden declined to commit to taking cognitive or neurological testing or releasing the results, in his first televised interview since the presidential debate.

During the uncut, 22-minute interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on Friday night, the president assured Americans that he is fit to run for president and could defeat his Republican opponent, Donald Trump, in November.

Asked if he would commit to taking an independent cognitive test and releasing the results to prove to the public that he is capable, the president sidestepped the question, instead pointing to the work he does every day as an example.

“Look, I have a cognitive test every day… I’m running the world,” Biden said.

The probing questions come after Biden had a poor showing against Trump in the first debate in late June. His lackluster appearance has raised fears in the Democratic Party that he may not win.

Biden took full responsibility for his poor performance, but blamed illness and lack of sleep.

He remained firm that he will not abandon the 2024 race.


Watch: Joe Biden refuses to commit to cognitive testing or release results

Joe Biden refuses to commit to cognitive testing or release results

Ariana BaioJuly 6, 2024 17:30


More delays in Trump classified documents case

The federal judge overseeing Donald Trump’s classified documents case has suspended deadlines for some filings in the case and granted the former president’s request for information to dismiss the indictment based on presidential immunity.

Judge Aileen Cannon said in an order Saturday that Trump’s lawyers and special counsel Jack Smith will have until July 21 to file briefs on how aspects of presidential immunity might affect the case.

In this case, the former president is accused of deliberately retaining classified documents that included sensitive national security information at his Mar-a-Lago home after leaving office.

But after the Supreme Court ruled that Trump and other presidents have immunity from prosecution for “official acts,” Trump is arguing that immunity can extend to some of the charges brought against him in this case.

Ariana BaioJuly 6, 2024 17:07


Intense debate preparation left Biden with a cold and “exhausted” from study sessions

President Joe Biden’s cold was worse than previously reported as the president underwent intensive study sessions in preparation for his disastrous debate performance against Donald Trump, according to a new report.

Advisers to Biden, 81, have blamed the cold and dismissed concerns about his age and stamina. Two days before the debate, it was so cold that Biden could barely speak, the five sources said. Political.

After a brief mock debate, the president decided to rest rather than participate in additional sessions that day. Two days before the June 27 debate, Biden took two COVID tests that came back negative.

The next day was packed with preparations, including policy meetings and a smaller mock debate, as aides tried to make up for lost time. Another session was held Thursday before Biden traveled to Atlanta for the debate.

Many advisers lamented that final session, but they still could not have foreseen Biden’s dismal performance.

“All it did was tire him out and complicate things,” a source told the outlet.

Gustaf KilanderJuly 6, 2024 16:30


Biden says his doctors told him he was ‘exhausted’

President Joe Biden said he consulted his doctors after his poor debate performance, who told him he was “exhausted.”

“(The doctor) looked at me and said, ‘You’re exhausted.’ That’s it. I have doctors who travel with me everywhere. Every president does, as you know. Doctors, some of the best in the world, travel with me everywhere. I have ongoing evaluation of what I’m doing and they don’t hesitate to tell me if they think something’s wrong,” Biden told ABC News on Friday night.

Ariana BaioJuly 6, 2024 16:00


Joe Biden’s ABC interview was better than the debate. That’s what’s so scary

“There aren’t many reasons to feel good here.

Joe Biden, the man who put on a good show in 2019 on a packed stage of Democratic hopefuls to become the official presidential nominee, is now struggling to answer questions coherently, even in an easy interview like tonight’s ABC News interview with George Stephanopoulos.

When Stephanopoulos repeatedly asked the president what had happened on the debate stage when he stumbled in front of Donald Trump, Biden replied, “I had a bad night,” or “I just had a bad night,” and finally, “I had a bad night. I don’t know why.”

Holly BaxterJuly 6, 2024 3:30 PM


Democratic representative asks Biden to “step aside”

Minnesota Rep. Angie Craig called on President Joe Biden to “step aside” from the 2024 presidential race due to his poor performance in the debates.

“I have great respect for President Biden’s decades of service to our nation and his steadfast commitment to making our country a better place,” Craig wrote.

“However, given what I saw and heard from the President during last week’s debate in Atlanta, coupled with the lack of a forceful response from the President himself after the debate, I do not believe the President can effectively campaign and win against Donald Trump,” he continued.

Craig said he did not make his decision lightly, but believes there is “too much at stake” to risk losing the election to Trump.

He asked the president to make room for a new generation of leaders within the party.

Ariana BaioJuly 6, 2024 15:02


Biden says debate was ‘a bad night’

President Joe Biden said the first presidential debate was a “bad night” for him, but he assured Americans that he is still well enough to run a successful presidential campaign and defeat Donald Trump in November.

Speaking to ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on Friday night, Biden laid out several reasons why he did not do well in the debate, including that he was distracted by Donald Trump, was tired, had been traveling recently, had a cold and did not prepare well.

“It was a bad episode. There was no indication of any serious condition. I was exhausted. I didn’t listen to my instincts in terms of preparation and… and it was a bad night,” Biden said.

Ariana BaioJuly 6, 2024 2:41 PM


How the Supreme Court’s immunity ruling opened the door to a shocking question: Can presidents kill their rivals?

It was an absurd hypothesis put forward by an appeals court judge to point out the literally unbelievable and dangerous consequences of the legal argument of Donald Trump’s lawyers.

But it was a striking warning from a Supreme Court justice in a landmark decision this week that shields Trump from accountability for crimes committed in office.

Alex WoodwardJuly 6, 2024 1:00 PM


Biden admits he felt “exhausted” in the debate but denies having “any serious condition”

Biden admits he felt “exhausted” in the debate but denies having “any serious condition”

Mike BediganJuly 6, 2024 12:30 PM


ICYMI: Biden attacks ‘one-man crime wave’: ‘Let’s politically exile Trump’

In his forceful campaign speech in Wisconsin on Friday, Biden laid out the stakes of the 2024 election, warning once again that the fate of American democracy hangs in the balance if Trump wins.

He referenced Trump’s criminal convictions for falsifying business records to pay a porn star, and how a jury found he sexually assaulted E. Jean Carroll and then awarded him $90 million for defaming her.

The so-called “big businessman” was fined $400 million for fraud in his civil trial in New York, Biden said.

“This isn’t just one convicted felon, this is a one-man crime wave,” Biden said.

Biden also referenced Trump’s threats to abortion rights and his opposition to gun control measures amid a gun violence crisis.

“Let’s politically exile Trump,” Biden said before leaving the stage.

Joe Biden greets supporters in Wisconsin on July 5 (AFP via Getty Images)

Alex WoodwardJuly 6, 2024 12:00 PM