Nobel Prize winner strongly advices Biden to drop out

(MENAFN) Paul Krugman, a Nobel Prize-winning economist and prominent columnist for The New York Times, has urged United States President Joe Biden to withdraw from the upcoming election race and make way for Vice President Kamala Harris. Krugman's call comes amid growing apprehensions within the Democratic Party and among key donors following Biden's widely criticized performance during the June 27 debate against Republican rival Donald Trump.

In a recent column, Krugman asserted that Biden has faced disproportionate scrutiny and criticism for every verbal and physical misstep, describing the treatment as "ludicrous." Despite this defense, Krugman argued that Biden should step aside as the Democratic presidential candidate. He suggested that Harris, the current Vice President, should "probably" replace him.

During the televised debate last month, Biden missed what Krugman characterized as a "golden opportunity" to present a calm and reassuring contrast to Trump's "bizarre and menacing" behavior. Instead, Biden's performance was criticized for appearing confused, slurring his words, and struggling to articulate his thoughts. The White House attributed Biden's poor showing to a cold and his busy travel schedule earlier in the month.

Calls for Biden to suspend his campaign have emerged not only from Democratic donors but also from liberal pundits and some previously supportive media outlets. Despite the pressure, the 81-year-old president has adamantly refused to withdraw, acknowledging only that he does not debate as effectively as he once did. In a recent interview with MSNBC, Biden reaffirmed his determination to stay in the race, declaring himself the best candidate to defeat Donald Trump and vowing to continue his reelection campaign.

Krugman's public appeal adds to the ongoing debate within the Democratic Party over Biden's candidacy, highlighting concerns about his ability to effectively challenge Trump in the upcoming election. As the election cycle progresses, the party faces crucial decisions regarding its leadership and strategy, with implications that extend beyond the presidency to the future direction of American politics.



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