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Obama shares concerns after shaky debate, offers Biden his advice

Former president Barack Obama has privately told allies who have reached out to him that President Biden's already-tough path to reelection grew more challenging after his shaky debate performance on Thursday - a harsher assessment of the presidential race than his public comments, according to several people familiar with his remarks.

Obama separately spoke directly with Biden by phone after last Thursday's debate to offer his support as a sounding board and private counselor for his embattled former vice president, the people said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations. It is unclear how directly Obama addressed Biden's performance and his path to reelection on the call.

"President Biden is grateful for President Obama's unwavering support since the very start of this campaign as both a powerful messenger to voters and a trusted adviser directly to the president," Lauren Hitt, a spokeswoman for the Biden campaign, said in a statement. A spokesperson for Obama declined to comment.


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