UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Former US Vice President Joe Biden is under enormous pressure to make changes to his faltering campaign after he was defeated in Iowa and his unconventional admission that he will likely lose in the upcoming primary in New Hampshire next Tuesday.
Biden has been the most prominent Democratic candidate for more than a year, but his position is vulnerable at a time his opponents exploit his weakness, including a senator with socialist inclinations and a mayor of a small city.
The 77-year-old moderate is outnumbered by mostly younger, more enthusiastic and powerful speeches, who are distinguished for their performance in TV debates.
The rate of polls in New Hampshire, which votes on Tuesday in the country’s first primaries (after the difficult election councils in Iowa last week), shows that Biden has slipped from first to third, replacing Bernie Sanders and Pete Potdidge.
One of Biden’s supporters, Will Johnson (23 years old), admitted, “I think it’s foolish not to be so worried.”
“I hope his campaign will make more concerted efforts to increase the percentage of votes and push people to support Biden,” the law student from North Pittsburgh told AFP, adding that the latter was “our best option” to defeat President Donald Trump in November.
But voter blocs are more likely to choose Potential Edge, 38, and Sanders, 78, who won the most votes in Iowa and lead the polls in New Hampshire.
Biden absented himself from a campaign Thursday, five days before the primary, to discuss the best way forward with his top advisers.
But instead of appearing in a strong position at the start of the debate the next day, Biden made a huge mistake.
“I was hit in Iowa, and most likely I will get another here,” he said on the stage, shocking Johnson and other supporters who were waiting for him to take the lead again, not admitting defeat.
Biden, who dropped his candidacy in the 2016 presidential election after the death of his son Bo, testified that his path in this year’s elections has slumped onto a difficult path.
He and his other son Hunter found themselves at the center of Trump’s isolation series, as the president was accused of pressuring Ukraine to open an investigation into them against the backdrop of Hunter taking a senior position in a Ukrainian energy company when his father was Vice President Barack Obama.
There was no evidence that Biden and his son committed any abuses. But Trump has described them as “corrupt”, while some Republicans have repeatedly described Hunter’s position on the Ukrainian company’s board of directors as a conflict of interest.
– “Tough fight” –
Biden’s unbalanced performance worried some Democrats.
“Yes,” former Chicago Mayor Ram Emanuel, who held a senior position in the Obama administration, told AFP in response to a question about whether the situation was alarming.
“If certain candidates are repeatedly ranked third or fourth, then the reason – the logic – for them to remain in the race is very difficult,” he added.
After the debate, Simon Sanders, Biden’s chief adviser, attempted to restore the situation.
“We know it may be a tough battle, but the truth is that we are still in this competition,” she told reporters, noting that the composition of the states that will vote later represents diversity in the United States more than Iowa and New Hampshire, where the majority of voters are white.
Biden on Saturday intensified his attacks on Bottledgage by declaring lacking vitality by downplaying his experience as mayor of a small city, while emphasizing his successes as vice president.
He used his appearance at a Manchester theater to attack Sanders, as he was politically unconvincing.
Biden said that if the Senator wins, every Democrat who seeks election will have to “carry the trait that Senator Sanders chose for himself (…) + a Social Democrat +”.
The gathering missed any spontaneity or attractiveness while Biden read his offensive comments from the initiation screen, and he failed to persuade a number of those present.
“I’ve always liked Joe Biden, but he has to prove himself,” said voter Mary Arons, 61, who has yet to choose her favorite candidate.
In turn, the 45-year-old teacher, Nicole Clegg, who also stated that she had not made a decision yet, explained, “I feel he is running more heavily on the basis of his record in the past (…) than he will do in the future.”
Senator Chris Koons, who supported Biden, recalled how Bill Clinton lost “in the 10 of the first 11 primaries” in 1992 before finally winning the presidency.
“It is not over,” he said, noting that “Biden will have to work harder and fight harder and strive for more excellence, but he is ready and able to do that.”
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