Biden reportedly to meet with family about future after second newspaper calls for him to retire

Atlanta Journal-Constitution says Biden’s debate performance was “excruciating” and failed to lay out a "competent and coherent vision.”

Published: June 29, 2024 8:14pm

Updated: June 29, 2024 11:04pm

Georgia’s largest newspaper became the second in the country to plead with President Joe Biden to step aside and embrace “the shade of retirement.”

The Atlanta Constitution-Journal’s front page editorial came as NBC News reported that Biden is expected to discuss the future of his re-election campaign with family at Camp David on Sunday.

While a discussion was expected, both the president and First Lady Jill Biden have signaled they intend to stay in the race and brush off the shaky debate performance the 46th president suffered on Thursday night.

It was that debate that triggered the scorn of the Atlanta newspaper, which declared Biden’s performance was “excruciating” and failed to lay out a "competent and coherent vision for the future of America.”

“He failed to outline the most fundamental aspects of his platform," the newspaper’s editorial board wrote. "He failed to take credit for the significant accomplishments of his 3½ years in office.

“And he failed to counter the prevarications of an opponent, who, according to CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale, lied 30 times during the course of the debate, approximately once every 90 seconds of his allotted time."

“The shade of retirement is now necessary for President Biden,” it added.

The Atlanta publication was the second major newspaper to call for Biden to step aside for the good of the country. The New York Times made a similar argument in an editorial Friday evening.

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