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The Latest: Biden news conference is key event as he faces calls to step aside

Jul 11, 2024, 8:19 AM

President Joe Biden similes as he meets with British Prime Minister Keir Starmer in the Oval Office...

President Joe Biden similes as he meets with British Prime Minister Keir Starmer in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, July 10, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will hold a news conference at 6:30 p.m. ET Thursday, the key event in a monumental week for his campaign as he fends off calls for him to step aside as the party’s presumptive nominee. His big moment comes on the last day of the NATO summit.

After a dismal debate performance, Biden’s candidacy is still under question. The first Senate Democrat, Peter Welch of Vermont, and a ninth House Democrat, Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, on Wednesday publicly called for Biden to end his campaign.

One of the staunchest supporters in the president’s corner has been his wife Jill Biden. As she tries to help her husband salvage his campaign she’s also coming under new scrutiny from critics who’ve cast her as a power-hungry wife pushing her 81-year-old husband to run again.

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Coupled with a healthy job market, that would usually buoy a campaign.

But the news failed to resonate much as questions persist after Biden’s debate troubles about whether he should remain the Democratic nominee.

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