Biden’s Democratic allies admit he had a poor debate but say they’re still standing behind him

By ZEKE MILLER, DARLENE SUPERVILLE and MICHELLE L. PRICE

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden strained to quell Democratic anxieties over his unsteady showing in his debate with former President Donald Trump, as elected members of his party closed ranks around him in an effort to shut down talk of replacing him atop the ticket.

Biden’s halting delivery and meandering comments, particularly early in the debate, fueled concerns from even members of his own party that at age 81 he’s not up for the task of leading the country for another four years.

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