Biden Blames Poor Debate Performance on Exhaustion from Extensive Travel

by Louisa Afful
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President Joe Biden admitted he “nearly fell asleep” during the first presidential debate last week, attributing his poor performance to exhaustion from extensive travel.

The 81-year-old president said he had travelled “around the world a couple of times” shortly before the debate in Atlanta, affecting his performance. Speaking at a campaign event in Virginia, Biden said, “I wasn’t very smart for having travelled extensively in the weeks leading up to the event.”

He told supporters, “I decided to travel around the world a couple of times, going through around 100 time zones.” Biden added that he “didn’t listen” to his staff, “came back and nearly fell asleep on stage.” He acknowledged, “That’s no excuse, but it is an explanation. I didn’t have my best night.”

Media outlets were not allowed to film the fundraiser, so it wasn’t clear whether Biden was joking, according to NBC, Sky News’ US partner.

Biden visited France and Italy on separate trips within two weeks last month. He flew overnight from the G7 summit in Bari to attend a fundraiser with former president Barack Obama in Los Angeles on June 15 before returning to Washington the next day. He then spent six days at Camp David preparing for the debate against presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Despite this preparation, Biden’s performance in the debate was criticized, with some in his own party calling it an “unmitigated disaster.”

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