As Biden weathers Trump's criticism on Ukraine, supporters worry about possible impact on candidacy

ABC News | 10/10/2019 | Staff
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Joe Biden's efforts to fend off President Donald Trump's claims of the former vice president's inappropriate behavior and his son Hunter’s Ukrainian business dealings during the Obama White House threaten to undercut his campaigns's central argument that he is the sole Democrat who can oust Trump from the Oval Office and restore a sense of normalcy to a country deeply bruised by partisan divisions.

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Amid a tightening primary contest, his campaign has found itself rebutting the president’s attacks, while simultaneously staying on message to keep the persistent candidacies of his two main rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, at bay.

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