Biden’s ABC Interview Was a Necessary Appointment With the Public — and a Botched One

July 07, 2024

And, for a flickering moment in his interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos — aired as a 30-minute special Friday night after having been taped earlier that day — that covered for a lot. Biden took eight days of preparation to give ABC News 22 minutes of screen time. Biden’s debate performance has certainly traveled widely, and he deserved the chance to clear the air. It would not be an unreasonable expectation that the campaign-saving interview might have run, say, an hour. Or if the interview had happened closer to the debate?