Stephanopoulos Caught Spilling His Inner Thoughts on Biden

'I don't think he can serve 4 more years,' ABC News anchor tells random person on NYC street
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2024 5:33 AM CDT
Stephanopoulos Caught Spilling His Inner Thoughts on Biden
George Stephanopoulos, right, and Ali Wentworth are seen Oct. 29, 2022, in New York.   (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Fresh off his interview with President Biden last week, George Stephanopoulos had more to say Tuesday about the 81-year-old commander in chief—though now he's regretting saying it. TMZ has a clip of the ABC News anchor, dressed casually in workout attire on what the outlet says is Fifth Avenue in New York City, when he's approached by someone on the sidewalk who greets him, "Hey, how you doin'? What do you think? Do you think Biden should step down? You talked to him more than anybody else [has] lately." Stephanopoulos replies from off camera, in what NBC News says is hard-to-hear audio: "I don't think he can serve four more years."

Stephanopoulos is now expressing contrition for those words. "Earlier today, I responded to a question from a passerby. I shouldn't have," he told TMZ later Tuesday. The Washington Post notes that, during their interview, Stephanopoulos asked Biden, "Are you sure you're being honest with yourself when you say you have the mental and physical capacity to serve another four years?" (Biden answered in the affirmative.) Meanwhile, an ABC rep tells TMZ that "George expressed his own point of view and not the position of ABC News." (More George Stephanopoulos stories.)

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