Biden raises more funds in June despite disappointing performance during presidential debate

Joe Biden’s campaign raised more than Donald Trump’s despite the current US president’s poor performance during last week’s first presidential debate.

Biden raised $127 million in June, compared to Trump’s $111.8 million, both candidates’ teams announced Tuesday.

That haul also includes the $38 million Biden received in the four days after the debate, during which the 81-year-old president appeared confused and inarticulate.

Since then, many people have called for him to withdraw his candidacy, including some members of his own political party.

On Tuesday, the president referred to his poor performance during the debate, blaming it on jet lag and international travel shortly before the event.

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Joe Biden’s campaign raised more than Donald Trump’s despite the current US president’s poor performance during last week’s first presidential debate (EPA / AP)

But some in the Democratic Party are not convinced. Texas Rep. Lloyd Doggett became the first sitting Democratic lawmaker to publicly call for Biden to step aside. Former Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan also wrote in an op-ed in Newsweek that Vice President Kamala Harris was the “best path forward,” and accused her detractors who believe she has less chance of beating Trump of “not living in reality” given Joe Biden’s debate performance.

Despite the funding it received in June — boosted by a $30 million fundraiser involving George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Barack Obama — Trump’s campaign raised more overall in the second quarter.

Trump and the Republican National Committee raised $331 million in the second quarter, according to their own report, while the Biden campaign and the Democratic National Committee raised $264 million in the same period.

However, it is worth noting that as of June, Trump had raised $284.9 million, compared to Biden’s $240 million.

Trump, on the other hand, has had to use part of the money raised to cover his legal expenses. In fact, according to the Federal Election Commission, in 2023 the former president spent USD 55 million for that purpose.

As for his current situation, Trump has owed his lawyers a seven-figure sum since May. In addition, the Save America political action committee, funded and led by Trump, remains the largest party responsible for covering the expenses related to his legal problems.

 
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