“This is incorrect,” a White House spokesman said.

“This is incorrect,” White House deputy spokesman Andrew Bates said of ABC News’ reporting and similar reports from other news organizations.

In recent days, Biden has privately told at least two people close to him that he realizes how difficult his political situation is.

He has campaign events planned in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania in the coming days, an interview scheduled with ABC News host George Stephanopoulos on Friday and a press conference next week at the NATO summit. All of those events represent big opportunities for Biden to change public perception, according to those close to him.

The president is making phone calls and holding rallies in public and private to make it clear that he believes he is still the best candidate to take on Trump.

In recent days, he has spoken with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senator Chris Coons, Representative Jim Clyburn, and others.

Biden was scheduled to have a private lunch with Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday and meet with Democratic governors later in the day, key milestones that were added to his schedule after the debate.

A person close to the president says he understands the stakes of this election and the importance of defeating Trump, and he insists he is ready for this moment.

“I would not run for re-election if I didn’t believe with all my heart and soul that I could do this job,” Biden said in North Carolina after the debate.

Biden has consistently said he doesn’t want to be pressured into making a decision; he’s remained “calm” during this moment, according to people who have spoken to him. Close members and acquaintances are giving him space to see if that holds.

“That claim is absolutely false. If the New York Times had given us more than seven minutes to comment, we would have told them,” Bates said.

Sources contacted by ABC News say that, to their knowledge, he has not yet said he can’t save his campaign.