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Van Jones Warns Biden: Debate Performance Could Decide Election

CNN Commentator Says Biden Must Excel in Debate Against Trump to Secure Victory.

CNN commentator Van Jones issued a stark warning on Thursday regarding President Joe Biden's upcoming debate against former President Donald Trump. Jones predicted that a poor performance from Biden could spell the end of his presidential aspirations in the 2024 election.

During a CNN panel, Jones emphasized the critical nature of the debate, stating that it will be the “entire election.” He elaborated, “The entire world will be watching. If Biden goes out there and messes up, it’s game over.”

Key Points:

  • Van Jones highlighted the high stakes of the upcoming debate between Biden and Trump.

  • A poor performance by Biden could lead to a significant drop in polls and panic within the Democratic Party.

  • Conversely, a strong showing could reinforce Biden's suitability for another term.

Jones, who served as an environmental adviser to former President Barack Obama, stressed that the debate could drastically impact Biden's standing. “If he walks out there and a week later he’s lower in the polls, it’s panic in the party.”

Despite the competitive race reflected in recent polls, Jones noted that a successful debate performance could solidify Biden's candidacy. “If he goes in there and he can handle himself against Donald Trump, a runaway train, a locomotive, a raging bull, then this guy deserves another shot to be president, because that is tough,” he said.

Jones further added, “You couldn’t do it. I couldn’t do it. If you can stand toe-to-toe with a runaway train like Donald Trump for an hour-and-a-half, you are fit to be president, period, point blank.”

Reflecting on the significance of the debate, Jones concluded, “This is the whole presidency in a bottle in a week.”

Former Trump White House lawyer Jim Schultz also weighed in on the debate's importance for Trump. Schultz noted that while Trump has the momentum, he must maintain a strong focus on policy issues and avoid descending into personal attacks. “He has to have a good night on the policy issues,” Schultz said. “He needs, to the extent he can, stay out of the gutter as much as he can, because, look, the issues are on his side.”

Schultz acknowledged that the race is Trump’s “to lose at this point in many ways,” emphasizing that Biden must demonstrate his mental acuity and capability to lead for another term.

As the debate approaches, the nation eagerly anticipates this critical face-off, which could shape the outcome of the 2024 election.

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