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Biden needs support from millions of Americans who don't think he can do the job

President Biden's team continues to believe that tens of millions of Americans - perhaps as many as 1 in every 5 voters - will cast a ballot for him this year despite their current conviction that he is already too old or not mentally competent to do the job.

"There is going to be a lot of hay made about 'up to the job or not,' without people stopping to say, 'Is that a vote-driving metric?'" one Biden campaign pollster said in an interview Sunday, speaking on the condition of anonymity to describe strategy. "It is unclear at this point whether that is a metric that voters are going to use to decide their choice."

Biden's debate debacle Thursday laid bare the bet, forcing the 81-year-old president to admit the following day at a North Carolina rally that he has a diminished capacity for walking and talking. The concerns that have flared within the party since have focused on a fear that the decline evident at the debate and in other recent public events will only continue, disqualifying him as a candidate.


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