Biden denies explosive report he’s considering dropping out of race

President Joe Biden is reportedly weighing dropping out of the presidential race if he cannot repair the damage from his poor debate performance.

Two published reports Wednesday claimed Biden told an unnamed “top ally” he would consider pulling the plug on his campaign in coming days if he believes he cannot convince the American public he is fit to win against Donald Trump.

Biden wasted little time defiantly refuting the explosive report.

He called into a lunchtime campaign staff meeting via video and reportedly said that he is not considering stepping down.

“No one’s pushing me out. I’m not leaving,” Biden told the campaign workers, Politico reported, citing a source who heard him speak. “I’m in this race to the end and we’re going to win.”

Harris stood by Biden’s side on the video call and backed him unambiguously.

“We will not back down,” Harris said. “We will follow our president’s lead. We will fight, and we will win.”

The New York Times quoted one “top ally” as saying Biden is aware the clock is ticking for him to demonstrate he can do the job.

“He knows if he has two more events like that, we’re in a different place,” the ally told the Times.

CNN reported something similar, quoting an unnamed ally who described the president as open to the question of whether he should stay in the race.

“He sees the moment. He’s clear-eyed,” this person told CNN. “He’s not oblivious.”

The White House flatly denied the Times report.

“He’s moving forward with serving as president. He’s moving forward with his campaign,” White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said in an afternoon briefing. “Anything else is absolutely false.”

It wasn’t clear whether the allies mentioned in the two reports are the same person.

Quentin Fulks, a campaign official, called the reports mere “rumors.”

Both reports suggested Biden would take stock of the situation over the coming long holiday weekend.

If true, the reports would mark a dramatic change in Biden’s approach to the firestorm over his debate with Trump last week.

Up to now, Biden and his closest advisers have projected total determination to stay in the race and say they have not even considered dropping out.