MADISON, Wis. (NEWSnet/AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday took part in a TV interview, intending to show voters he is capable of serving another term.

He blamed his disastrous June 27 debate performance on a “bad episode” and saying there are “no indications of any serious condition."

“Look, I have a cognitive test every single day,” Biden told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, referring to the tasks he faces daily in a rigorous job. “Every day, I have that test. Everything I do. You know, not only am I campaigning, but I’m running the world.”

“Can I run the 100 in 10 flat? No. But I’m still in good shape,” Biden said.

The 81-year-old Biden made it through the 22-minute interview without major blunders that would inflict further damage to his candidacy, but it appeared unlikely to eliminate concerns about his age and fitness for another four years and his ability to defeat Donald Trump.

As for the debate, “I didn’t listen to my instincts in terms of preparing,” Biden said.

Biden suggested that Trump’s disruptions at the debate had flustered him. “I realized that, even when I was answering a question and they turned his mic off, he was still shouting and I let it distract me. I’m not blaming it on that. But I realized that I just wasn’t in control.”

The president was asked how he might be persuaded to leave the race. He laughed and replied, “If the Lord Almighty comes down and tells me that, I might do that.”

One Democrat who watched the interview said Biden appeared to be shaky under controlled conditions.

The interview was combined with a weekend campaign in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

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