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President Joe Biden’s family urges him to stay in White House race

Democratic President Joe Biden‘s family has urged him to ignore calls to step aside following his disastrous debate against Republican Donald Trump. He spent Sunday with relatives at a presidential retreat where they encouraged him to keep fighting, according to the BBC’s US partner CBS News.

Anxiety has gripped sections of his party following a rambling and at times incoherent performance in Atlanta.
Polls since then suggest concerns about his age – he is 81 – have increased.

A CBS News/YouGov poll released on Sunday indicated that 72% of registered voters believe the president does not have the mental and cognitive health to serve as president. Nearly half of Democratic voters said he should step aside.

But the message from his campaign team and his family is that he remains the party’s best hope to defeat Trump.
The family gathering at Camp David in Maryland had been previously scheduled as a photoshoot by celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz. Mr Biden’s wife Jill, his children and grandchildren were among those present.
Jill Biden told Vogue magazine in a phone call from Camp David that they “will not let those 90 minutes define the four years he’s been president”.

They would continue fighting, she said, adding that her husband “will always do what’s best for the country”.
The encouragement of the family to stay the course was first reported by the New York Times and later confirmed by CBS News.

Source: BBC

In other news – Veteran Sri Lanka MP who fought for Tamil rights dies

Rajavarothiam Sampanthan, one of Sri Lanka‘s most prominent politicians and a veteran campaigner for the country’s Tamil minority, has died at the age of 91.

Rajavarothiam Sampanthan

Sampanthan, a lawyer and one of the country’s longest serving MPs, died in the capital Colombo late on Sunday. For the past 23 years, he had led a diverse coalition called the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) – the main political group representing Tamils of Sri Lanka’s north and east. Read more

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