Biden says 'willing to lose' presidency over decisions including pandemic, Afghanistan, middle class

Biden says people say US could have withdrawn without anybody getting hurt, but nobody has come up a way to ever indicate "how that happens"

Updated: December 14, 2021 - 12:09pm

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President Biden this past weekend suggested he would be willing to lose his presidency over his decisions on several key issues including his widely criticized withdrawal from Afghanistan.

In a CBS "Sunday Morning" interview in which he was asked whether he was discouraged by the criticism over his handling of the pandemic and other first-year challenges, Biden answered "No."

"But look," he continued. "One of the things we did decide, and I mean this, my word as a Biden, I know what I'm willing to lose over. If we walk away from the middle class, if we walk away from trying to unify people, if we start to engage in the same kind of politics that the last four years has done? I’m willing to lose over that."

Biden was then asked whether he meant he was willing to lose the presidency.

"That's right," he said. "There's certain things that are just, like for example Afghanistan. Well, I’ve been against that war in Afghanistan from the very beginning. We were spending $300 million a week in Afghanistan, over 20 years. Now, everybody says, 'You could have gotten out without anybody being hurt.' No one's come up with a way to ever indicate to me how that happens. ... And so, there are certain things that are just so important."

Last month, the Pentagon confirmed that since the U.S. withdrawal in August from Afghanistan, in which 13 U.S. service members were killed, dozens of Americans remain trapped in the country.

The Defense Defense has asked service members and civilians to email the department with the subject line "immediate family member," if they have one in need of evacuation.