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Here are the Democratic lawmakers calling on Biden to drop out of the 2024 race.

Washington — A slow trickle of Democratic lawmakers began calling for President Biden to drop out of the race after his debate last month. Capitol Hill will be in the spotlight this week as Democratic lawmakers face conflicting arguments about whether Mr. Biden should be the party’s nominee.

So far, six House Democrats have directly appealed to the president to drop out of the race:

  • Lloyd Doggett from Texas:He became the first Democratic lawmaker to call on Mr Biden to withdraw, saying on July 2 that he “hopes that (Mr Biden) will make the painful and difficult decision to withdraw.”
  • Raul Grijalva from Arizona:On July 3, he told The New York Times that Mr. Biden “has to take responsibility for keeping this seat — and part of that responsibility is getting out of the race.”
  • Seth Moulton from Massachusetts: He said CBS in Boston on Sunday that George Washington had decided not to seek a third term, and Mr. Biden should follow suit in another term. “I think that could be President Biden’s legacy as well,” Moulton said. “He defeated Donald Trump once and then was willing to hand over power to a new generation of leaders. That’s the kind of incredible legacy that a great president like Biden deserves.”
  • Mike Quigley from Illinois: Quigley told MSNBC on July 5, “Mr. President, your legacy is set. We owe you the deepest gratitude. The only thing you can do now to perpetuate that forever and prevent total disaster is to step aside and let someone else do it.”
  • Angie Craig from Minnesota: Craig, who represents a key swing district, said in a statement July 6: “This is not a decision I made lightly, but there is simply too much at stake to risk a second Donald Trump presidency. That is why I respectfully call on President Biden to resign as the Democratic nominee for a second term and allow a new generation of leaders to emerge.”
  • Adam Smith from Washington: Smith urged Mr. Biden on Monday to end his candidacy “as quickly as possible.” In a statement, he said presidential candidates “must be able to make their case to the American people clearly, emphatically, and forcefully. It is clear that President Biden is no longer able to shoulder that burden.” Smith told CBS News that if Mr. Biden were to announce that he was ending his campaign, “almost every Democrat in the House would breathe a sigh of relief.”

Still, more congressional Democrats have publicly expressed support for Mr. Biden since the debate. And in recent days, some lawmakers have called on the party to unequivocally back the president, including prominent members of the powerful Congressional Black Caucus.

President Joe Biden speaks during a Fourth of July event on the South Lawn of the White House, July 4, 2024, in Washington.
President Joe Biden speaks during a Fourth of July event on the South Lawn of the White House, July 4, 2024, in Washington.

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Meanwhile, as lawmakers prepared to return to Washington after recess last week, a group of senior House Democrats met via Zoom Sunday evening with House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, where a person involved in the call and three people familiar with the meeting told CBS News that three more legislators said Mr Biden should drop out of the race:

  • Jerry Nadler from New York
  • Mark Takano from California
  • Joe Morelle from New York

Mr. Biden has sought to allay concerns about his ability to serve another term, appearing multiple times in recent days and making clear that he intends to stay in the race at every turn — from the highly anticipated interview with ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos at the rallies on Friday Wisconsin AND Pennsylvania on the long weekend.

On Monday, the president sent a letter to congressional Democrats saying he was “firmly committed” to staying in the race and making clear that “I would not run again unless I was absolutely convinced that I am the best person to defeat Donald Trump in 2024.”

The president has sought to shut down discussions about replacing him by arguing that “the voters of the Democratic Party have voted” and chosen him as their presumptive nominee. He surpassed the delegate count needed to win the Democratic nomination in March and has now secured 3,896 delegates. It takes 1,976 delegates to secure the Democratic nomination at the convention in August. Mr. Biden has warned that dropping him from the ticket would undermine the will of the voters: “How can we defend democracy in our country if we ignore it in our own party?”

Mr. Biden also called “Morning Joe” on Monday, saying, “I’m more than likely going to be the Democratic nominee.” He expressed frustration with “elites” who doubt his fitness for another term, saying, “Any of these guys who think I shouldn’t run — run against me. Go ahead, announce your candidacy for president. Challenge me at the convention.”

The president also has undertook informational and educational activities In recent days, a campaign official said he has personally made 20 phone calls to members of Congress since the debate.

Mr. Biden, who represented Delaware in the Senate for more than 30 years, will certainly be watching for signs of waning support in the upper chamber. No Senate Democrats have publicly called on the president to resign. And Virginia Sen. Mark Warner canceled a Monday meeting with a group of Senate Democrats to discuss the president’s nomination, a source familiar with the senator’s thinking confirmed to CBS News.

Ed O’Keefe, Nikole Killion, Scott MacFarlane and Fin Gómez assisted in this report.