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The president’s allies, doubters and enemies will be watching for any evidence of stumbles as he fields questions from reporters.

President Biden will face a moment of high stakes in his campaign for a second term on Thursday evening when he engages with reporters in an unscripted news conference at the end of a three-day NATO summit.

The president’s allies, doubters and enemies will be watching as he fields questions, looking for any evidence that he loses his train of thought, stumbles over his words or lapses into the blank stare that millions of people saw during a debate with former President Donald J. Trump on June 27. Mr. Biden’s performance could either quiet critics or invite a wave of new calls for him to step aside.

How long Mr. Biden remains at the lectern — and how many questions he is willing to field from the press — is another key benchmark

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