Biden has told key ally he is weighing dropping out of the race: Report

 President Biden told a key ally this week that he is aware he may be forced to withdraw from the presidential race if he cannot salvage the public's opinion of his mental capacity in the coming days, the New York Times reported Wednesday.

The ally told NYT that Biden is focused on ensuring that his upcoming interview with George Stephanopoulos at ABC News, as well as campaign stops in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, must go flawlessly.

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

White House spokesman Andrew Bates flatly denied the report in a statement on Twitter.

"That claim is absolutely false. If the New York Times had provided us with more than 7 minutes to comment we would have told them so," Bates wrote.

Biden is facing ramping calls to withdraw, even from sources within his own party. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, was the first elected Democrat to call on Biden to drop out, publishing a statement on Tuesday.

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