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President Joe Biden gestures during a debate against former President Donald Trump on June 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP) President Joe Biden gestures during a debate against former President Donald Trump on June 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP)

President Joe Biden gestures during a debate against former President Donald Trump on June 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP)

Sara Swann
By Sara Swann July 1, 2024

No, as of July 1, President Joe Biden hadn’t ‘quit’ his reelection campaign

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  • As of July 1, neither President Joe Biden nor his campaign had announced that Biden will exit the presidential race.

  • We found no credible news reports corroborating former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly’s claim.

  • A Biden campaign spokesperson told PolitiFact on July 1 that O’Reilly’s post was not accurate.

Days after the 2024 election’s first presidential debate, conservative commentator Bill O’Reilly announced that President Joe Biden had dropped out of the race.

On June 30, O’Reilly, the former Fox News host, posted on X, "The decision has been made that the President will quit the campaign." The post, which had been viewed more than 5.4 million times as of July 1, cited Democratic internal polling that showed Biden "cannot recover from the debate" and Biden’s fundraising "drying up."

Other social media users reshared O’Reilly’s post on Facebook and Instagram. These posts were flagged as part of Meta’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram.)

(Screengrab from X)

We contacted O’Reilly but did not receive a response by publication. O’Reilly’s post comes after widespread commentary that Biden did not perform well onstage during the June 27 debate with former President Donald Trump hosted by CNN.

As of July 1, there were no Biden campaign announcements or credible news reports that corroborated O’Reilly’s claim that Biden decided to end his reelection bid.

When contacted for comment, a Biden campaign spokesperson told PolitiFact on July 1 that O’Reilly’s post was inaccurate.

"I don't speak as smoothly as I used to. I don’t debate as well as I used to," Biden acknowledged at a June 28 campaign rally in Raleigh, North Carolina. "I know, like millions of Americans know, when you get knocked down, you get back up."

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Biden also said at the rally, "Folks, I give you my word as a Biden. I would not be running again if I didn't believe, with all my heart and soul, I can do this job."

First lady Jill Biden told Vogue magazine on June 30 the Bidens "will not let those 90 minutes define the four years he’s been president. We will continue to fight." And a Biden campaign spokesperson told The Hill on June 28 that Biden was "not dropping out" of the 2024 race.

Biden’s campaign also rebutted a June 29 NBC News article that said Biden would discuss his reelection campaign’s future with his family. Biden HQ posted on X the same day that a Biden family trip was announced before the debate and "Joe Biden is and will be the Democratic nominee."

On July 1, Biden’s campaign posted a new ad on X, highlighting claims former President Donald Trump made during the debate.

"Folks, I know I’m not a young man, but I know how to do this job," said the post published on Biden’s X account.

In another June 30 X post, O’Reilly said, "So, it's over for Joe. But the White House doesn't yet know how or when to make the announcement."

Then on July 1, O’Reilly posted on his website about Biden’s "next move." In the post, O’Reilly said, "Because we don't use anonymous sources, I cannot confirm the following as fact but I believe it's true." He added that "sometime soon" Biden will "step aside." O’Reilly cited no sources to support this claim.

As of July 1, Biden had not quit the race. We rate O’Reilly’s June 30 claim False.

RELATED: What would happen if Joe Biden or Donald Trump leaves his party’s ticket?

Our Sources

Email exchange with James Singer, Joe Biden campaign spokesperson, July 1, 2024

Bill O’Reilly, X post (archived version), June 30, 2024

Bill O’Reilly, X post (archived version), June 30, 2024

BillOReilly.com, "Biden’s next move" (archived version), July 1, 2024

Facebook post (archived version), June 30, 2024

Instagram post (archived version), June 30, 2024

Biden HQ, X post, June 29, 2024

Joe Biden, X post, July 1, 2024

The Hill, "Joe Biden campaign official: 'He's not dropping out'," June 28, 2024

NBC News, "'It's a mess': Biden turns to family on his path forward after his disastrous debate," June 29, 2024

PolitiFact, "What would happen if Joe Biden or Donald Trump leaves his party’s ticket?," June 28, 2024

YouTube, "PBS Newshour - WATCH LIVE: Biden attends campaign event in Raleigh, North Carolina after first presidential debate," June 28, 2024

People magazine, "Jill Biden Defends President Joe Biden After First Debate Performance: 'We Will Continue to Fight'," July 1, 2024

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