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Long, long night for pro-abortion President Joe Biden

by | Jun 28, 2024

Even some of his strongest supporters say he should consider stepping down

By Dave Andrusko

Last night’s presidential debate was—as they say—much anticipated. The conventional wisdom was that pro-abortion President Joe Biden felt the heat and agreed to a very early debate to “change the narrative.”

Judging by the almost universal criticism of Biden’s lackadaisical performance against pro-life former President Donald Trump, it was a cataclysmic miscalculation. A CNN snap poll of debate watchers found that by a two-to-one margin (67% to 33%) that they believed Trump turned in a better performance.

The New York Times ran at least five op-ed pieces strongly hinting that Biden step down, if not outright calling for him to “Bow out of the race.” It was easy to see why.

The New York Times’s Lisa Lerer and Rebecca Davis O’Brien reported

Mr. Biden stumbled over his words, often pausing to correct phrases midsentence, sometimes winding to an uncertain finish. His voice was hoarse, which his campaign later attributed to a cold. He flubbed key figures. While he gained steam over the course of the debate, insulting Mr. Trump with greater vigor, his energy might have come too late for many viewers.

While some party leaders and elected officials stood behind the President, “The pledges of support stood in contrast to the alarm expressed early and openly in the media, even by some of Mr. Biden’s longest standing supporters,” Lerer and O’Brien reported. “Joe Scarborough, the MSNBC host and a stalwart Biden defender, said questions about Mr. Biden’s fitness to run were now unavoidable. Opinion writers and liberal pundits called for him to step aside, albeit while expressing admiration for his record.”

On abortion, their starkly different views were on display.

BIDEN; And if I’m elected, I’m going to restore Roe v. Wade.

TRUMP: So that means he can take the life of the baby in the ninth month and even after birth, because some states – Democrat-run – take it after birth. Again, the governor – former governor of Virginia [Ralph Northam] put the baby down, then we decide what to do with it.

So he’s in – he’s willing to, as we say, rip the baby out of the womb in the ninth month and kill the baby.

BIDEN: That is simply not true. That Roe v. Wade does not provide for that.

That’s not the circumstance. Only when the woman’s life is in danger, if she’s going to die – that’s the only circumstance in which that can happen.

But we are not for late term abortion, period – period, period.

TRUMP: Under Roe v. Wade, you have late term abortion. You can do whatever you want, depending on the state. You can do whatever you want. We don’t think that’s a good thing. We think it’s a radical thing.

We think the Democrats are the radicals, not the Republicans.

The question is, will this wave of panic subside and/or will President Biden step down? Those who know him best say he absolutely won’t.

“After the debate, Mr. Biden told reporters outside a Waffle House that he thought he ‘did well,’” according to Lerer and O’Brien.

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