Bill Clinton defends Joe Biden following awful debate performance

 June 30, 2024

President Joe Biden's abysmal performance during last week's debate with former President Donald Trump has some Democrats suggesting that their party should nominate someone else.

Former President Bill Clinton isn't among them, however, and he quickly stepped up to defend Biden's record. 

"Joe Biden has given us 3 years of solid leadership"

Breitbart noted that Clinton put up a post on X following the debate that read, "I'll leave the debate rating to the pundits, but here's what I know: facts and history matter."

The former president declared that "Joe Biden has given us 3 years of solid leadership" by "steadying us after the pandemic," and "creating a record number of new jobs."

Clinton also asserted that the president has made "real progress solving the climate crisis" and "a successful effort in reducing inflation" while denouncing Trump's time in office as being a "quagmire."

Barack Obama recalls his own debate difficulties

Clinton wasn't alone in attempting to prop Biden up, as former President Barack Obama attempted to do so in an X post of his own.

"Bad debate nights happen. Trust me, I know," Obama wrote, likely in reference to his own poor debate showing against Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in 2012.

"But this election is still a choice between someone who has fought for ordinary folks his entire life and someone who only cares about himself," the former president insisted.

Obama went on to hail Biden as "someone who tells the truth" and "knows right from wrong" while slamming Trump as being "someone who lies through his teeth for his own benefit."

Other Democrats are far less optimistic

However, Fox News pointed out that others have been far less optimistic, including left-wing New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof.

"I wish Biden would reflect on this debate performance and then announce his decision to withdraw from the race, throwing the choice of Democratic nominee to the convention," Kristof wrote on X.

He went on to lay out a number of possible replacements, including Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown, and Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo.

Meanwhile, former Republican and Lincoln Project co-founder Steve Schmidt stated, "Biden will be a one-term president. He still has the chance to watch a Democrat be inaugurated. There are 68 days until the DNC. Whitmer/Moore beats Trump."

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