President Joe Biden will hold a news conference Thursday, the key event in a monumental week during which the Democratic incumbent is fending off calls for him to step aside as the party’s presumptive nominee following his shaky debate performance.

It’s just the type of event that many political watchers said Biden needs to pull off successfully to turn back demands — including from within his own party — that he withdraw from his reelection battle against presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.

President Joe Biden has remained defiant against calls for him to leave the race for the White House this fall.  

Biden argued that he had a singularly bad night in Atlanta and it wasn’t representative of his mental acuity. A strong performance Thursday could convince members of his party that he still has the ability to win in November and serve a second term.

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However, a weak effort — or stumbles similar to his debate performances — could make the calls for him to withdraw grow much louder.

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Here are the details on what White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre referenced as Biden’s “big boy” news conference:

When is the news conference?

Biden is scheduled to take questions from the White House press corps at 5:30 p.m. EDT Thursday.

Where is Biden speaking?

Biden will be speaking from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, a short distance from the White House, where many events of the ongoing NATO summit are being held.

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President Joe Biden speaks Wednesday during a visit to AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, as AFL-CIO president Liz Shuler, right, listens.

What channel is carrying it?

The White House streams much of its live content. Given the attention on this event, television networks also could break away from programming to carry Biden’s remarks live once he starts speaking.

The Associated Press will offer a livestream at

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President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the 75th anniversary of NATO at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, Tuesday, July 9, 2024, in Washington.

Who will be watching?

Probably a lot of people.

CNN reported that 51 million people watched the Atlanta debate, which was in primetime, while more than 8 million people tuned in to watch Biden’s ABC interview live.

If networks break into their daily coverage or cable channels carry it live, that will guarantee a significant number of eyes on Biden.

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President Joe Biden talks with British Prime Minister Keir Starmer on Wednesday before the opening session of the NATO summit in Washington.

Will Biden know the questions ahead of time?

Aside from some apparent exceptions — like incidents in which two Black radio hosts said Biden’s campaign sent them planned questions ahead of time — it’s not standard practice for the president to know precisely what will come up during interviews or news conferences.

His aides prepare him for a host of possibilities based off the headlines of the day, so they’re prepping him for the likelihood that journalists will want to ask about his fitness for office, the NATO summit or other topics.


President Joe Biden, left, and first lady Jill Biden walk on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Sunday, July 7, 2024, after returning from events in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

How many questions will he take?

That’s not set in stone, and there’s not a ton of precedent.

Biden hasn’t held very many news conferences that aren’t tied to a foreign leader’s visit or trips abroad. Typically, those are what’s known in the business as a “2+2,” meaning two reporters from the U.S. and two foreign reporters ask questions.

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President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden welcome NATO allies and partners to the White House in Washington, Wednesday, July 10, 2024, during a welcome ceremony on the South Lawn for the 75th anniversary of the NATO Summit.

What’s up next?

Biden returns to the campaign trail Friday with a trip to Michigan. He will also do an interview with NBC on Monday.

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