Joe Biden Brushes Aside Swipe From Maura Healey About His Future As A Presidential Candidate — ‘Didn’t Say Anything When I Was In The Room’

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President Joe Biden brushed aside a pointed statement from Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey questioning his candidacy for re-election in the wake of his damaging debate performance.

Healey, a fellow Democrat, issued a written statement Friday, July 5 saying:  “The best way forward right now is a decision for the president to make. Over the coming days, I urge him to listen to the American people and carefully evaluate whether he remains our best hope to defeat Donald Trump.”

Healey was among a group of Democratic governors who met with Biden on Wednesday, July 3. Biden sought to reassure the governors that despite his halting, faltering debate performance on June 27 his health is good and that he is able to beat Trump in November. Biden’s poll numbers have fallen in recent days, and some Democrats have publicly called for him to get out of the race.

Healey privately told the White House chief of staff on Monday, July 1 that Biden’s “political position was ‘irretrievable’,” according to a story published Thursday, July 4 by The New York Times. The story said that Healey “did not speak during the Wednesday meeting with Mr. Biden.”

During the afternoon of Friday, July 5, shortly after a campaign rally in Wisconsin and after giving an interview to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Biden answered questions from reporters on an airport tarmac.

The question-and-answer period included the following exchange:


Reporter:  Do you value the thoughts of members of your own party when it comes to your decision to stay in the race?


President Joe Biden:  Sure I do.  That’s why they’ve said –

Where were you?  You guys saw the governors. Every one of them in the room.  All those governors said stay in the race.


Reporter:  Maura Healey didn’t.


President Joe Biden:  Maura Healey didn’t say anything when I was in the room. O.K.?


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