WASHINGTON (NEWSnet/AP) — President Joe Biden may have just days to make a persuasive case that he remains fit for office as Democratic party prepares to officially make its nomination for the 2024 case.

In order to meet a candidate filing deadline in Ohio, Democratic National Committee announced weeks ago that it would hold a virtual roll call for a formal nomination before the party’s national convention begins Aug. 19. The roll call date has not been announced.

In the meantime, Biden had a disastrous first debate performance last week against Donald Trump, who is likely to win the Republican nomination when his party has its national convention starting July 15.

In a Wednesday night meeting with Democratic governors, Biden acknowledged that he needs to get more sleep and limit evening events so he can turn in earlier to be rested for the job, according to three people familiar with the meeting, who also spoke on condition of anonymity. One person said the president joked that his health was fine, it was his brain that had challenges.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who was in the meeting, was asked Thursday about the idea that Biden wants to limit events after 8 p.m. and responded: “He did that with a smile on his face. It was more of a rhetorical framework of just being fit and rested.”

Biden also made remarks at a previously scheduled July Fourth barbecue at the White House South Lawn.

“I’m not going anywhere,” Biden told the audience of military families.

Later, during evening fireworks, he stood on the balcony with his family and Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, in a clear show of support. Harris at one point grabbed Biden’s hand and held it high in the air, and later the two hugged.

Biden argued this week that much more than his own political future was in jeopardy. In an interview with a Wisconsin radio station that aired Thursday he said: “The stakes are really high. I know you know this. For democracy, for freedom ... our economy, they’re all on the line.”

The interview on the Earl Ingram Show on the Civic Media Radio Network, taped Wednesday, was the part of a media and public events blitz that the Democratic president and his staff have acknowledged as a make-or-break moment.

The president is scheduled to campaign in Wisconsin on Friday and sit for an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that will air as a prime-time special that night.

He plans to be in Philadelphia on Sunday and hold a full news conference during the NATO summit in Washington next week.

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