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What we covered here Trump suggests he’s waiting to see Biden's future before announcing his VP Congressional Black Caucus chair says Biden "fit to serve" following meeting with president Biden’s doctor: “Biden has not seen a neurologist outside of his annual physical" Congressional Hispanic Caucus leaders say they stand with Biden and Harris Kari Lake and pro-Trump groups launch ads seizing on Biden's debate performance House Democrat calling on Biden to step aside tells CNN he suspects more will join him soon Rep. Thompson says “we felt very good” after virtual meeting with Biden and Congressional Black Caucus In a town Biden won by 19 votes, debate stirs doubts he can win again this year More Democrats respond to calls for Biden to step aside Democratic convention delegates say they’re loyal to Biden and balk at other options Here's what Democratic lawmakers are saying about Biden Jayapal says Biden will meet with House progressives this week as CBC members insist they’re backing Biden Number of House Democrats in leadership dodge questions on whether they still support Biden's campaign Senate Democrats grapple in real time with Biden's candidacy Jeffries voices support for Biden: "My position has not changed" Two House Democrats warn Biden not to make another "misstep," or risk more calls for his ouster Sen. Chris Coons says Biden asked for guidance on how to gain Senate support Congressional Democrats, returning to the Hill, hard to pin down on their support for Biden These House Democrats have publicly called for Biden to step aside Here's what Democratic lawmakers are saying about Biden after the holiday break Democratic House candidate in South Carolina calls for Biden to step aside Biden meeting virtually with Congressional Black Caucus Monday night Democratic Rep. Adam Smith publicly calls on Biden to drop out of race Parkinson’s specialist met with Biden’s physician at the White House earlier this year, records show CNN answers your questions about Biden and the democratic process Here's what Democratic lawmakers are saying about Biden as they return to the Hill White House says US allies don't need to be reassured ahead of NATO conference New Trump-backed GOP platform includes softened stances on abortion and same-sex marriage BidenpledgestobeatTrumpandgoonattackat next debate in donor call House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries could decide Biden's fate TrumpcampaignandRNCrelease program themes for convention House Democrats to meet at DCCC on Tuesday in highly anticipated gathering Jill Biden says the president is "all in" and so is she World leaders are concerned about US leadership in NATO, former US diplomat says Reality TV personality Amber Rose to speak at Republican National Convention Biden to join the National Finance Committee call today Chair of Congressional Black Caucus issues statement supporting Biden Vice presidential contender Rubio will attend Trump Doral rally on Tuesday Biden presses case in defiant "Morning Joe" interview and says he's not going anywhere Biden to congressional Democrats: "I am firmly committed to staying in this race" What it's like inside the White House following Biden's disastrous debate performance Bidencampaign launches new abortion-focused ad

By Maureen Chowdhury, Michelle Shen, Isabelle D'Antonio, Jack Forrest and Clay Voytek, CNN

Updated 10:27 AM EDT, Tue July 9, 2024

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'I'm not going anywhere': President vows to stay in the race

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What we covered here

  • A growing number of Democrats are calling on President Joe Biden to step aside from the 2024 campaign. Democratic lawmakers in the House will hold a highly anticipated meeting Tuesday, marking the caucus’ first gathering since last month’s debate.
  • The presidentwrote a letter to House Democratsandpitched himself to top donorsas Democrats’ best bet against Donald Trump. Biden wrote he’s firmly committed to staying in the race after more than a handful of ranking members told House Democratic leadership that Bidenneeds to step aside, per sources familiar.
  • A top Parkinson’s disease specialist held a meeting with Biden’s physician at the White House earlier this year, according to records. The president’s physician later released a letter saying, “Biden has not seen a neurologist outside of his annual physical.”
  • Meanwhile, the Republican National Convention’s platform committee overwhelmingly passed the new Trump-aligned GOP platform, which softened the party’s language on abortion, Trump’s campaign announced Monday.

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Trump suggests he’s waiting to see Biden's future before announcing his VP

From CNN's Kate Sullivan

Former President Donald Trump suggested in an interview aired Monday that he was waiting to see whether President Joe Biden would continue his reelection bid before announcing his running mate because it “might make a difference.”

Trump said he would “probably” announce his running mate “a little before the convention, but not much,” but he said it “could even be during the convention.”

He added,“I think it would be a very interesting buildup and important for the convention. It would make it even more exciting.”

Trump again said he thought Biden would stay in the race but thinks Kamala Harris would be the Democratic nominee if Biden were to step aside.

“Interestingly, [Biden]’s got a lot of power, because he’s got the delegates. You know, when you have the delegates, unless he says, ‘I’m getting out,’ they can’t do anything to get him out, other than the 25th amendment. If they want to do it in a different route, it would be the 25th Amendment,” Trump said.

Trump claimed people “cover” for Biden, “and they still are sort of covering, but now it’s getting very difficult to do that.”

Trump also described debating Biden at the CNN presidential debate and said, “He looked extremely pale, to put it nicely,” adding later, “When he started to speak, I don’t know, I thought his voice was, you know, weak. I didn’t know exactly what was happening. It was strange.”

Congressional Black Caucus chair says Biden "fit to serve" following meeting with president

From CNN staff

Democratic Rep. Steven Horsford, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, remains fully in support of President Joe Biden following a virtual meeting between Biden and the caucus Monday night despite calls for the president to step out of the race.

“Clearly, thispresident is fit to serve,” the Nevada Democrat told CNN’s Abby Phillip. “Hehas been fighting for theAmerican people. I know morethan 14 million Americans havealready voted for him,including those in my state ofNevada. We need to honor andrespect the will of the voterswho have selected him as ourDemocratic nominee.”

The Congressional Black Caucus is arguably Biden’s strongest bloc of support on Capitol Hill and a key group for the president heading into Tuesday’s Democratic caucus meeting where lawmakers are expected to air out their concerns about Biden’s campaign behind closed doors.

No member of the Congressional Black Caucus has broken yet against Biden, and a source familiar said Biden received no pushback on the call from members in what was an overall positive discussion Monday night.

Horsford pushed back on calls for Biden to step aside, telling “NewsNight,” “What I find interesting isthat the issue is more aroundageism, ableism, and not whatthis president, President Biden,has done,” before listing off major victories for the Biden administration.

Biden’s doctor: “Biden has not seen a neurologist outside of his annual physical"

From CNN's Nikki Carvajal

President Joe Biden’s doctor took the unusual step on Monday of releasing a letter offering some details about neurologist Dr. Kevin Cannard’s visits to the White House, following days of speculation about the president’s health, writing that “President Biden has not seen a neurologist outside of his annual physical.”

“Prior to the pandemic, and following its end, he has held regular Neurology Clinics at the White House Medical Clinic in support of the thousands of active-duty members assigned in support of White House operations,”the president’s physician Dr. Kevin O’Connor wrote of Cannard. “Many military personnel experience neurological issues related to their service, and Dr. Cannard regularly visits the WHMU as part of this General Neurology practice.”

O’Connor described Cannard as the “neurological specialist that examined President Biden for each of his annual physicals.”

“His findings have been made public each time I have released the results of the President’s annual physical,” O’Connor wrote. “President Biden has not seen a neurologist outside of his annual physical.”

O’Connor then cited sections of Biden’s last physical in February.Biden’s latest health report, released by O’Connor, indicated the president had been screened for a number of neurological conditions, including Parkinson’s, with negative results, as did two other physical reports from Biden’s time as president.

The letter comes the same day the White House struggled to answer questions about Biden’s neurological health after The New York Times first reported that Cannard, an expert in Parkinson’s disease, had visited the White House eight times in the past eight months, meeting at least once with O’Connor.

Earlier on Monday White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre refused to confirm that or explain why, citing security reasons.

This post has been updated with additional information.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus leaders say they stand with Biden and Harris

From CNN's Haley Talbot

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Rep. Nanette Barragán of California and Deputy Chair Rep. Adriano Espaillat of New York announced in a statement that they stand with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, pointing to key wins secured during the Biden administration that empowered Latino communities.

“President Biden and his Administration have worked closely with House Democrats to make historic investments to positively impact communities across the country, including Latinos, such as investments to combat climate change, lower healthcare costs, expand access to healthcare for our veterans, and create jobs with the Infrastructure bill,” the statement says.

It adds, “We look forward to our continued partnership on the road and legislative wins to benefit the American people.”

Kari Lake and pro-Trump groups launch ads seizing on Biden's debate performance

From CNN's David Wright

Arizona Republican Senate nominee Kari Lake released a new digital ad Monday seizing on President Joe Biden’s poor performance in the first presidential debate, an emerging trend in campaign messaging that highlights the potential fallout for Democrats.

The adfeatures several clips of Biden during last month’s debate on CNN, appearing halting and leaving answers unfinished, and it includes clips of Vice President Kamala Harris’ interview with CNN moments after the debate, during which she defended Biden’s performance.

And the ad proceeds to link Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego, Lake’s opponent in Arizona’s critical 2024 Senate race, to Biden — saying that “Joe Biden is 100% gone, Ruben Gallego votes with Biden 100% of the time,” with the message, “Arizonans deserve better.”

A pair of pro-Trump outside groups have also launched TV ads that reference the pivotal debate, looking to capitalize on Biden’s vulnerability.

One of the ads, from a nonprofit organization called America Next, leans into amplifying Biden’s disastrous performance. Saying that “Joe Biden’s debate was a joke,” the ad features several clips from the event, highlighting Biden’s confusing remark that “we finally beat Medicare” and accusing him of threatening prescription drug prices for seniors.

Another ad, from the leading pro-Trump super PAC MAGA Inc., makes a more limited reference to the debate, including a brief clip of Biden at the event while criticizing his record on immigration.

Biden’s campaign has also launcheda TV adfeaturing footage from the debate – though none of the president himself, choosing instead to focus on Trump’s “lies” during the showdown, while featuring sound from Biden’s rally in North Carolina the following day.

House Democrat calling on Biden to step aside tells CNN he suspects more will join him soon

From CNN staff

Democratic Rep. Mike Quigley, who is one of six lawmakers to call on President Joe Biden to step out of the presidential race, said he suspects more of his colleagues will join him over the coming week.

The Illinois Democrat told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that he talked to “quite a few” of his colleagues on the House floor Monday night that feel the same way he does about Biden.

Quigley said that his decision to come out was all focused on the “specter” of a second Donald Trump presidency.

“I was told thiswas a bad night andeverything’s good. No. It’s ahorrible night and nothing isgood,” he said of the fallout from Biden’s poor debate performance.

“The polls are trendingthe exact wrong way in ahurry. A robust candidate wouldhave a hard time turning thisaround. We have donors walkingaway at an absolutely criticaltime,” Quigley said, adding he is worried about a “red wave” affecting House and Senate races.

Rep. Thompson says “we felt very good” after virtual meeting with Biden and Congressional Black Caucus

From CNN's Jack Forrest, Haley Talbot and Morgan Rimmer
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Rep.BennieThompsonspeaks during a House Homeland Security Committee meeting in January.

Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, said President Joe Biden thanked members for their support and asked for their continued backing in a virtual meeting Monday night.

The Congressional Black Caucus is arguably Biden’s strongest bloc of support on Capitol Hill and a key group for the president heading into Tuesday’s Democratic caucus meeting where lawmakers are expected to air out their concerns about Biden’s campaign behind closed doors.

No member of the Congressional Black Caucus has broken yet against Biden.

“Obviously being a Democratwe have differences, but atsome point, we come together,” Thompson added.“My plea to my Democraticcolleagues is: Sure you canexpress yourself. But at somepoint, if Joe Biden continuesto run the campaign and he’s anominee, we all have to rallybehind him.”

Biden met with the House and Senate caucus members for more than 30 minutes to ask for their support and thank them for playing a key role in his successes as president. He received no pushback on the call from members and overall it was a positive discussion, according to a source familiar.

This post and headline have been updated with additional information.

In a town Biden won by 19 votes, debate stirs doubts he can win again this year

From CNN's John King

After last month’s presidential debate, CNN’s John King spoke with voters in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, as part of “All Over the Map,” a project tracking the 2024 campaign through the eyes and experiences of the voters who will pick the next president.

Lisa Reissmann had to stop watching.

“He didn’t seem as strong as what he has been in the past,” she said ofPresident Joe Biden’sperformance at the CNN debate. “I was really having a hard time watching it.”

Her husband, fellow Biden voter Troy Reissmann, hung in to the debate’s end, reaching for the phone duringformer President Donald Trump’sclosing statement.

The Reissmanns — civil, affable and politically minded — have a message for the candidate they both supported in 2020.

Lisa Reissmann agreed. “I think it is time. We just need fresh leadership, new leadership. … I like Joe Biden as a person, you know. I think he stands for good things. But I am just not sure he’s there anymore to lead thecountry.”

Keep reading what some Wisconsin voters are saying.

More Democrats respond to calls for Biden to step aside

From CNN's Ted Barrett, Morgan Rimmer and Owen Dahlkamp

Following their return to Washington, DC, after a short break, Democratic lawmakers are looking to strike a position on how their party should move forward following President Joe Biden’s poor performance at a debate last month.

Here is what some of those lawmakers had to say Monday:

  • Sen. Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat, said Biden’s appearance on “Morning Joe” on Monday was a “step in the right direction” to restore the public’s confidence, adding, “I think he should do more of that.If he does that and can prove to the American people he’s the same old Joe Biden, I think he can win.”
  • Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, who is up for reelection,said while campaigning “all over Virginia last week, a lot of people have questions.I say, look, it’s fine to have questions, but Joe Biden does the patriotic thing.That’s what he’s going to do.He’ll have to make that call, but he will make it.”
  • Michigan Sen. Gary Peters, who chairs the Democratic SenatorialCampaign Committee, said despite the fallout from Biden’s debate performance, he is “still very optimistic about our Senate races,” and added that he supports Biden staying in the race.
  • Patty Murray, the Senate president pro tempore, said in a statement that Biden “must do more to demonstrate” he can beat Donald Trump and “must seriously consider the best way to preserve his incredible legacy and secure it for the future.”
  • Democratic Rep. Scott Peters of California said he has not been convinced of Biden’s reelection chances, and neither have some of his colleagues: “Everyone’s really discouraged,” he said, adding that “for me, that means you do something different,” though he stopped short of calling on Biden to withdraw.

Readmore lawmakers’reactionsfromMonday.

Democratic convention delegates say they’re loyal to Biden and balk at other options

From CNN's Gregory Krieg,Arit John, Sydney Topf and Aaron Pellish

Democrats urgingPresident Joe Bidentoend his campaignand allow the party to select another nominee before – or during – August’s national convention are unlikely to find allies in the ranks of Chicago-bound delegates, who are increasingly closing ranks around Biden.

Ten days after the president’s debate debacle, following an initial surge of Democratic anxiety and calls for him to stand down, a host of party leaders and rank-and-file members selected to formally nominate Biden said they were loath to consider any other option.

Their concerns over the prospect of Biden bowing out are twofold. A host of pledged delegates warned that the process for replacing the president would do more damage than even the worst-case scenario with Biden atop the ticket. Biden-aligned delegates also expressed, often privately, a lack of confidence in the alternatives, arguing that the president remains a better bet than any of the names whipping around the gossip circuit.

For the most part, though, Biden’s most ardent delegates were singing from the same hymn sheet.

Chris Anderson, chair of the delegate selection process in Tennessee and a local government official, argued – as Biden’s campaign has done – that voters aren’t as interested in the president’s debate performance as the political media are.

Read more about the convention delegates’ reactions.

Here's what Democratic lawmakers are saying about Biden

From CNN's Ali Main, Aileen Graef and Annie Grayer

As lawmakers return to Washington after a weeklong recess, Democrats are facing questions over the future of President Joe Biden’s campaign.

Here’s what Democratic lawmakers have said Monday:

  • Sen. Jeff Merkley, an Oregon Democrat, said that “serious issues have been raised that merit serious consideration,” when asked about Biden remaining the party’s presidential candidate.
  • Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado said his party needs to have an “open debate” about how to ensure a path to winning the White House and both chambers of Congress this fall. “I think that’s an act not of disloyalty, but an act of loyalty,” he said.
  • Sen. Jacky Rosen, a vulnerable Democrat fighting for her seat in Nevada, said that “the choice is clear” between Biden and Donald Trump, adding, “Biden is running.”
  • Democratic Rep. Katie Porter of California told CNN that Biden “needs to earn the American people’s trust” and that she wants the president to come speak directly to House Democrats.
  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a progressive Democrat from New York, told CNN she spoke with Biden over the weekend and still supports him. “He’s made it abundantly clear that he’s in this race, he is not leaving, and I am here to support him and I’m here to make sure that we win in November,” she said.

Read more lawmakers’ reactions from Monday.

Jayapal says Biden will meet with House progressives this week as CBC members insist they’re backing Biden

From CNN's Morgan Rimmer and Manu Raju

Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal told CNN that the caucus will be meeting with President Joe Biden later this week, and warned against “jumping too quickly” to push him aside.

“I’m still listening to lots of members and constituents and still believe that we need to be really thoughtful about this,” the Washington Democrat said.

Jayapal would not say if she has confidence in Biden. “Right now, he’s our nominee, and, you know, I’ve worked closely with him – and I think I said everything else in the statement.”

However, Congressional Black Caucus Chair Steven Horsford insisted that he is backing Biden, ahead of their virtual meeting with the president tonight. The caucus is arguably Biden’s strongest group of support on Capitol Hill, and a key group for the president heading into Tuesday’s Democratic caucus meeting where lawmakers are expected to air out their concerns about Biden’s campaign behind closed doors.

“He is the nominee, and it’s time for us to focus on Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress who are trying to roll back our freedoms, our rights and our opportunities,” Horsford, a Nevada Democrat, said.

Rep. Ayanna Pressley, who is a member of both the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the Congressional Black Caucus, would not say whether or not Biden is their best choice, repeating over and over, “Joe Biden is the nominee.”

“I think we’re losing the plot here,” the Massachusetts Democrat added. “I’m not focused on a 90-minute debate. I’m focused on the potential of 90 years of horror for the world and the country that my 16-year-old daughter stands to inherit.”

Number of House Democrats in leadership dodge questions on whether they still support Biden's campaign

From CNN's Annie Grayer

A number of key House Democrats in leadership dodged reporters instead of answering whether they still support President Joe Biden’s campaign on their way in and out of a meeting with House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries on Monday.

Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger, who is running for governor in Virginia, would not answer questions from CNN about whether she still supports Biden as her party’s nominee. Spanberger is the battleground representative in House Democratic leadership.

Rep. Lauren Underwood of Illinois, who serves on the key Democratic policy committee, asked Spanberger about her Fourth of July to give the Virginia Democrat an opportunity to ignore questions from reporters as the pair waited for an elevator. Underwood then ignored reporters when the same question was posed to her.

Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu of California, who serves as vice chair of the Democratic caucus, repeatedly told CNN “no comment” when asked for his position on Biden.

And Democratic Rep. Joe Neguse, the House assistant Democratic leader, also avoided reporters.

CNN’s Haley Talbot contributed to this post.

Senate Democrats grapple in real time with Biden's candidacy

From CNN's Lauren Fox

On Monday evening, many Democratic senators were grappling in real time with what to do about their presumptive presidential nominee, Joe Biden.

“Voters have legitimate questions about all of this,” Sen. Sherrod Brown, a vulnerable Democrat who is up for reelection in Ohio, told reporters. That sentiment was echoed by Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat from New Hampshire, said that she expects a fulsome discussion during lunch Tuesday and that her constituents have concerns about Biden and what his candidacy could mean for the results of the election.

While many senators tap-danced around questions about whether Biden was the strongest nominee, few offered unabashed support for the president, sometimes revealing more by what they weren’t saying.

Sen. Bob Casey, a Democrat from Pennsylvania who spent time with Biden on the campaign trail over the weekend, wouldn’t directly answer when asked whether he was comfortable with Biden’s mental acuity, his ability to run the race or do the job.

“I was with him this weekend, and I’ve been with him a lot over the years. I know him well,” he said.

Asked whether Biden was the strongest candidate, Casey said, “I’m supporting him, and that’s I think an indication of what I believe.”

Jeffries voices support for Biden: "My position has not changed"

From CNN's Morgan Rimmer and Manu Raju
July 8, 2024, presidential debate and election news | CNN Politics (4)

House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries speaks at a rally in Washington on June 27.

House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries insists he is still behind President Joe Biden, despite divisions in his caucus about Biden’s viability in November.

While the New York Democrat supported Biden immediately after the president’s poor debate performance, he did not share on a call with House Democrat ranking members Sunday where he stood on whether Biden should continue running for reelection, CNN reported.

Jeffries dismissed concerns that Biden could hurt Democrats in down-ballot races or even block them from taking back the House majority in November.

“We’re going to win the House of Representatives,” he told CNN.

Many House Democrats have told CNN that Jeffries carries with him with the goodwill of colleagues, and though he has allowed lawmakers to openly discuss Biden’s future, his position could go a long way in deciding whether the Democratic caucus gets on board with the president.

This post has been updated with additional information.

Two House Democrats warn Biden not to make another "misstep," or risk more calls for his ouster

From CNN's Morgan Rimmer and Manu Raju

House Democratic Reps. Gerry Connolly and Jimmy Gomez both warned that President Joe Biden needs to avoid more “missteps,” or else he will risk growing calls for his ouster.

“I support Joe Biden, but I also believe that he has to use this time, especially this week, to reassure people in a convincing way,” Connolly told CNN, noting that with campaign appearances and the NATO summit this week, Biden will have plenty of chances to prove he is up for the job.

“Those will all be tests of whether what happened at the debate was an anomaly or whether it was something deeperthan that,” he said, later adding, “I believe that we have to have a family conversation if that test is not met.”

However, the Virginia Democrat still insisted that Biden could beat Trump – provided he doesn’t slip up. “Ibelieve the Democratic coalition is quite capable of beating Donald Trump,” he said. “At the moment, President Biden is leading that coalition, so yes. Is ita little steeper climb today than it was a few weeks ago, yeah, but we have a long way to go between that and November.

Gomez warned that his concerned colleagues need to “calm down,” for Biden to retain control.

The California Democrat also argued that Biden can’t have another blunder like he did on the debate stage. “He has to keep that up. If he – if there is another misstep, I think he might have some bigger problems,” he said.

Sen. Chris Coons says Biden asked for guidance on how to gain Senate support

From CNN's Owen Dahlkamp
July 8, 2024, presidential debate and election news | CNN Politics (5)

Sen. Chris Coons arrives for the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense hearing on May 8.

Sen. Chris Coons, a co-chair of the Biden-Harris campaign, said Monday that during a series of conversations with President Joe Biden last week, the president asked for guidance on how to court senators who are having doubts about him headlining the ticket.

“He called and followed up with me directly about ‘who do I need to talk to in the Senate? Where are you hearing concerns? What more do I need to do?’” Coons said.

Coons also said he has heard a pattern of concerns across his Democratic caucus.

“It’s been a pretty consistent message across the senators I’ve spoken to,” the Delaware Democrat said. “‘We need to see you, Mr. President.’”

Coons highlighted Biden’s recent campaign events, his high-profile interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos and his planned Thursday press conference during the NATO summit as some examples of Biden engaging in additional public events to assuage Senators’ and voters’ fears.

Congressional Democrats, returning to the Hill, hard to pin down on their support for Biden

From CNN's Lauren Fox, Aileen Graef, Haley Talbot and Ali Main

Democrats are facing questions over the future of President Joe Biden’s 2024 campaign amid growing calls for him to exit the race.

Here’s what Democratic lawmakers have said Monday:

  • Sen. Tammy Baldwin, a Wisconsin Democrat who is facing reelection this cycle, said people back home have concerns about Biden’s performance. She declined to say explicitly that she supported Biden as the nominee, saying she backed the “Democratic ticket.”
  • Sen. Laphonza Butler, when asked whether Biden can do the job, told reporters, “The president was voted on by 14 million people. He is the Democratic nominee.” When pressed on whether Biden could deliver the strongest message in a race against Donald Trump, the California Democrat said, “Thevoters have already made that decision. It’s not up to me.”
  • Democratic Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii refrained from vocalizing support for Biden’s reelection, saying his party needs to talk about the state of the race. Schatz told reporters the priority for Democrats should be defeating Trump, and “it’s important that we have in-person, family conversations about the best way to do that.”
  • Democratic Sen. Tina Smith of Minnesota said she “has a lot of concerns” about Biden being the best messenger for the Democratic Party, adding, “I think right now our party is having a big, robust discussion about what comes next and what we should do, and I actually think that is healthy.”

Read more lawmakers’ reactions.

This post has been updated with additional reactions.

These House Democrats have publicly called for Biden to step aside

From CNN staff

So far, six congressional Democrats — all members of the House — have publicly called for President Joe Biden to withdraw from the presidential race.

They are:

  • Rep. Lloyd Doggett of Texas
  • Rep. Raúl Grijalva of Arizona
  • Rep. Mike Quigleyof Illinois
  • Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts
  • Rep. Angela Craig of Minnesota
  • Rep. Adam Smith of Washington

And behind closed doors, more than a handful of House Democratic ranking members called for Biden to step aside in a call Sunday with Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries. Those members, according to sources, include Reps. Jerry Nadler, Mark Takano and Joe Morelle.

Here's what Democratic lawmakers are saying about Biden after the holiday break

From CNN's Ted Barrett, Manu Raju, Owen Dahlkamp, Ali Main, Morgan Rimmer and Lauren Fox

Democrats are facing questions over the future of President Joe Biden’s 2024 campaign amid growing calls for him to exit the race.

Here’s what Democratic lawmakers have said Monday:

  • Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois said Biden’s debate performance “raised a lot of questions” about his ability to run the country for the next four years. Durbin, the No. 2 Senate Democrat, declined to say what his own views are on whether Biden should continue to run for reelection.
  • Sen. Mark Kelly, a Democrat from Arizona, expressed support for Biden’s campaign, calling former President Donald Trump a “grifter” and saying that “the goal here is to reelect President Biden.”
  • Rep. Jamie Raskin, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, would not say whether he thinks Biden should remain the party’s nominee, though he stopped short of calling on him to step aside. “Well, he’s definitely the nominee,” the Maryland lawmaker said. “There’s no doubt about it. And he already won the nomination. So if there were to be any change, it would have to come from him.”
  • Democratic Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon of Pennsylvania told CNN, “yes,” she does still have confidence in Biden as Democrats’ nominee.
  • Sen. Mark Warner, a Democrat from Virginia, said in a statement Biden needs to make his case “more aggressively.” Warner had planned a meeting to get Senate Democrats on the same page about the future of Biden’s candidacy, but it was scrapped after it was leaked to media outlets.
  • Democratic Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware expressed support from Biden, a longtime friend. Carper said he has “no interest in walking away from him today or tomorrow or the day after that.”

Read more lawmakers’ reactions here.

Democratic House candidate in South Carolina calls for Biden to step aside

From CNN staff
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Congressional candidate Michael B. Moore speaks at a rally outside the Supreme Court in October 2023.

Democrat Michael Moore, who is running for South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District, is calling for President Joe Biden to drop out of the presidential race and take more of an “emeritus” role to usher in a new candidate.

“I just believethat having the president in this sort of emeritus almostkind of a role, but in guidingthe next person, I think thatwould be the best way that hecan help Democrats win inNovember,” Moore told CNN’s Jake Tapper.

Moore said he does not have a dream presidential ticket to replace Biden in November.

“Ithink people came into thisseason concerned about, again,about women’s reproductivefreedom, jobs, the economy,the environment and the like.But I think now that thisreally acute focus on thepresident and his health hastaken over, I think people arejust really afraid,” the businessman said on “The Lead.”

Biden meeting virtually with Congressional Black Caucus Monday night

From CNN's Annie Grayer and Haley Talbot

President Joe Biden will meet virtually with the Congressional Black Caucus on Monday night, two sources told CNN.

The CBC — arguably Biden’s strongest group of support on Capitol Hill — is a key group for the president heading into Tuesday’s Democratic caucus meeting where lawmakers are expected to air out their concerns about Biden’s campaign behind closed doors.

NBC was first to report on the meeting.

No member of the Congressional Black Caucus has broken against Biden, and the group’s chair, Nevada Rep. Steven Horsford, issued his own statement of support for the president Monday morning.

Other caucus members, including Rep. Joyce Beatty of Ohio and Rep. Frederica Wilson of Florida, were quick to defend Biden on Sunday from their colleagues calling on the president to step aside. House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, also a member of the caucus, has not shared where he falls.

Beatty, former chair of the CBC, said that Democrats “shouldn’t be going rogue against our own president” and that Black voters are loyal and will continue to support Biden.

Democratic Rep. Adam Smith publicly calls on Biden to drop out of race

From CNN staff
July 8, 2024, presidential debate and election news | CNN Politics (7)

Rep. Adam Smith speaks at the US Capitol, in Washington, DC, on July 12, 2022.

Democratic Rep. Adam Smith of Washington on Monday publicly called for President Joe Biden to leave the presidential race, becoming the latest congressional Democrat to come out against the party’s presumptive nominee.

But, Smith added later, “The president has shown he is not capable of delivering that message in an effective way.”

Smith becomes the latest Democratic lawmaker to call for Biden to exit the race after more than a handful of top House Democratstold Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries on Sunday that Biden needs to step aside amid concerns about down-ballot Democratic races.

Looking at the choices for president, between Donald Trump and Biden, Smith said that Biden is “far and away thebest candidate, but I know in myheart and my soul and my brainthat we can do better. And Iknow what the stakes are.”

This post has been updated with additional information.

Parkinson’s specialist met with Biden’s physician at the White House earlier this year, records show

From CNN's Priscilla Alvarez,Camila DeChalusandMichael Williams

A top Parkinson’s disease specialist held a meeting with President Joe Biden’s physician at the White House earlier this year, according to records, though the circ*mstances of the meeting are unclear.

Dr. Kevin Cannard, a neurologist at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, met with White House physician Kevin O’Connor at the White House in mid-January, according to White House visitor logs.

Cannard has visited the White House three times this year, according to the visitor logs: a January 17 meeting with O’Connor, and with another staffer on January 26 and March 28. Cannard has visited the White House at least eight times over the past year, according to the logs, beginning last August and ending with the March 28 meeting. Only the January 17 meeting lists O’Connor as the person who was visited.

Asked about the visit between Cannard and O’Connor, White House spokesperson Andrew Bates said, “Awide variety of specialists from the Walter Reed system visit the White House complex to treat the thousands of military personnel who work on the grounds.”

Those visits include one from a neurologist each year for Biden’s physical, Bates said. Biden has not been seen by a neurologist during his time as president outside the context of his annual physical, he added.

Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre later repeated Biden had been seen by a neurologist three times during his presidency – once during each of his physicals – but declined to name them or explain why Cannard had visited the White House eight times over the past year.

Jean-Pierre added Biden has never been treated for, or taken any medicine to treat, Parkinson’s.

Read more about records regarding Biden’s health.

This post has been updated with additional information.

CNN answers your questions about Biden and the democratic process

Analysis by CNN's Zachary B. Wolf

President Joe Bidenis rejecting any idea that he would step aside as the Democratic nominee, a decision that is his alone.

When we asked readers what questions they have about Biden, they expressed some confusion about the process that made him the presumptive Democratic nominee.

Some of the questions include: whether anyone can force Biden to step down as candidate, if convention delegates are required to support Biden, and whether it warrants impeachment if Biden purposefully hid that he has a debilitating cognitive condition.

You can read answers to those reader questions here.

Here's what Democratic lawmakers are saying about Biden as they return to the Hill

From CNN's Morgan Rimmer, Haley Talbot, Ted Barrett and Annie Grayer
July 8, 2024, presidential debate and election news | CNN Politics (8)

Rep. Mark Takano attends a news conference on Friday, April 12.

As lawmakers return to Washington after a weeklong recess, Democrats are facing questions over the future of President Joe Biden’s campaign amid growing calls for him to step aside.

Here’s what lawmakers have said Monday:

  • Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters, “I’m for Joe” when he arrived at the Capitol.
  • Sen. Joe Manchin, a former Democrat who recently became an Independent, said that he is still “open-minded” to the idea of a new Democratic nominee for president. However, he emphasized that Democrats should not be too quick to drop Biden and noted that the president has been very “active” on the campaign trail.
  • Rep. Mark Takano, vice chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, refused to speak with CNN about Biden, repeatedly saying that he had “an appointment.” The Californian was among several lawmakers on a Sunday House leadership call who opposed Biden as the nominee, according to sources familiar.
  • Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal was noncommittal about Biden leading the Democratic presidential ticket. In a new statement, the Washington state Democrat said she is listening to her members as they “consider the best path forward to protect our democracy.”
  • Vulnerable Democratic Sen. Jon Tester of Montana released a statement saying Biden needs to prove that he can be president for another four years. “President Biden has got to prove to the American people — including me — that he’s up to the job for another four years. Meanwhile, I’ll continue to do what I’ve always done: Stand up to President Biden when he’s wrong and protect our Montana way of life,” Tester said.
  • Sen. RonWyden, a progressive Democrat from Oregon, defended Biden when asked whether he supports the president continuing his reelection bid.“It was one rough debate night. And everybody ought to understand, you elect Donald Trump and you’ll have four years of a horrifically rough challenges for our country,” he told CNN.Pressed on whether he has concerns about the president’s mental and physical capabilities to run the country for four more years, Wyden did not answer directly.“That’s where I am right now,” he said.

White House says US allies don't need to be reassured ahead of NATO conference

From CNN's Nikki Carvajal
July 8, 2024, presidential debate and election news | CNN Politics (9)

White House National Security Communications Advisor John Kirby speaks alongside White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre during a daily news briefing at the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House on July 8, in Washington, DC.

The White House on Monday pushed back on the idea that President Joe Biden will have to reassure US allies of his fitness for office ahead of the president’s first major international event since his widely criticized debate performance.Dozens of world leaders are set to convene in Washington, DC, for the NATO 75th anniversary summit this week.

Kirby said the administration was “not picking up any signs of that from our allies at all.”

“Quite the contrary,” he said. “The conversations that we’re having with them in advance is they’re excited about this summit.”

However, former key US diplomat Kurt Volker on Monday confirmed some political concerns from NATO allies heading into the summit.

Kirby said that he was “not aware” of conversations among allies voicing concern for the president’s health and that there had been “certainly none with us.”

CNN reported Fridaythat Biden’s showing at the debate was met with shock and concern by diplomats around the world. The president is now under immense pressure to perform well at the high-stakes NATO gathering this week and show that he is still a viable competitor to former President Donald Trump, multiple diplomats told CNN.

New Trump-backed GOP platform includes softened stances on abortion and same-sex marriage

From CNN's Kristen Holmes and Daniel Strauss
July 8, 2024, presidential debate and election news | CNN Politics (10)

Former President Donald Trump leaves a campaign rally in Chesapeake, Virginia, on June 28.

The panel charged with crafting a platform for the Republican National Committee quickly approved on Monday a scaled-back document that softened language on abortion and same-sex marriage.

Former President Donald Trump earlier Monday approved the updated platform, which is called “American First: A Return to Common Sense.”

The new platform reflects Trump’s broader policy agenda as the presumptive GOP nominee continues to reshape the party in his third run for the presidency.

On abortion, the language in the new platform mirrors Trump’s position that restrictions should be left to the states.

After the platform was made public, a leading anti-abortion group, SBA Pro-Life America, released a statement saying it reaffirms the party’s “commitment to protect life through the 14thAmendment.”

The new GOP platform also no longer defines marriage as between “one man and one woman.”

Instead of putting an emphasis on reducing the national debt, the platform calls to “end inflation” and “Make America Affordable Again.” The document outlines Trump’s position on Social Security and Medicare, affirming the former president’s stance against cutting benefits.

The platform was approved by an overwhelming vote of 84-18, according to a source. The platform will be taken up at thefull party convention, which begins in Milwaukee next week.

This post has been updated with more details of the platform proposal.

BidenpledgestobeatTrumpandgoonattackat next debate in donor call

From Kayla Tausche, Jeff Zeleny and DJ Judd

President Joe Biden told top donors Monday that he is not exiting the race and that he believes he’s still the best candidate to beat Donald Trump, according to three participants on a donor call.

During the Q&A portion of the call, Biden fielded a question from a donor about what he needs to do in the second debate – scheduled for September 10 – to perform better than the first.

Biden outlined the strategy simply, two participants said: “Attack, attack, attack.”

“My one job is to beat Donald Trump,” Biden said, according to one of the call participants, who said the president thanked donors and renewed his pledge to keep the fight alive.

Another participant on the call, who has been critical of Biden over the past week, praised the president’s words Monday and said the campaign seemed to “finally” grasp the seriousness of the moment.

The ultimate test, this donor said, would be whether congressional leaders urge Biden to reconsider his bid this week – and whether the president’s support eroded in campaign polling following the holiday weekend.

DNC Finance Chair Chris Korge, who was among the final speakers on the call, was “begging us to stay in line,” one of the participants said.

Another participant said of the president’s determination to continue running: “He ain’t budging an inch.”

The call began roughly 40 minutes behind schedule as the campaign processed a last-minute rush of RSVPs due to the late announcement of Biden’s participation.More than 300 members of the campaign’s National Finance Committee dialed into the Zoom call, a participant told CNN.

This post has been updated with additional information.

House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries could decide Biden's fate

From CNN's Edward-Isaac Dovere
July 8, 2024, presidential debate and election news | CNN Politics (11)

House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries speaks during his weekly news conference on Capitol Hill November 15, 2023 in Washington, DC.

Most House leaders have to wait until becoming speaker for defining moments. Democratic leader HakeemJeffries, still an achingly few five seats away from the majority, will spend this week navigating his biggest test so far even before he gets the gavel — and in a way that could define whether he ever will.

The young, Black leader of diverse Democrats across the country is in a key spot, many of his colleagues believe: If he stands in support of President Joe Biden, he could prove the barricade that holds back the restless revolt; if he tells Biden that support has collapsed, that will be more resounding than any poll or campaign fundraising email.

Colleagues both who want the president to stay and who want the president to go — including those infuriated that Biden has called their quiet deference proof that he has their support — are counting onJeffriesto step up and get them all on the same page.

That is not the approachthe New York Democrathas taken so far, according to CNN’s conversations over the weekend with two dozen Democratic members of Congress and top aides, many of whom were granted anonymity to discuss their private conversations with their leader and with one another.

As they land back in Washington on Monday, those lawmakers’ emotions are about to explode into public even more than they did onJeffries’ Sunday evening call with ranking members on top committees.

Read more about Jeffries’ key role as the Democratic Party navigates the turmoil.

TrumpcampaignandRNCrelease program themes for convention

From CNN's Christian Sierra

The Trumpcampaign, along with the Republican National Committee, on Monday released the program themes for next week’s Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, calling it the “Make America Great Once Again” Convention.

Though the release does not announce speakers for the convention, it does list daily themes that the campaign will focus on each evening.

  • Monday’s theme will be “Make America Wealthy Again,” focusing on economic issues such as inflation.
  • Tuesday’s theme will hone in on crime, immigrationandsupporting law enforcement in what is being called “Make America Safe Once Again.”
  • Wednesday’s theme will be foreign-policy focused in what is called “Make America Strong Once Again.”
  • On Thursday, the final night of the convention, the theme will be “Make America Great Once Again.”

House Democrats to meet at DCCC on Tuesday in highly anticipated gathering

From CNN's Hill Team

House Democrats will meet Tuesday morning at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in a highly anticipated caucus-wide meeting, according to four sources.

This comes as Democratic House leader Hakeem Jeffries has remained mum on the future of Joe Biden’s reelection campaign as more of his members have called for the president to step aside.

The meeting is expected to be members only and phones will not be permitted inside, per two sources.

CNN previously reported that Tuesday will be consequential, and one member said they anticipate that is the day when the dam will break.

Important to note: Democrats regularly meet as a caucus on Tuesdays, but this meeting will be the first time they are gathering since last month’s debate.

Jill Biden says the president is "all in" and so is she

From CNN's Betsy Klein
July 8, 2024, presidential debate and election news | CNN Politics (12)

First lady Dr. Jill Biden speaks at Hi-Wire Brewing in Wilmington, North Carolina on Monday.

First lady Jill Biden offered a public message of support to her husband, President Joe Biden, saying he is “all in” and so is she.

Jill Biden remains one of her husband’s fiercest supporters and surrogates. Her remarks came during a campaign event launching the “Veterans and Military Families for Biden-Harris” coalition in Wilmington, North Carolina — the first of three battleground states she’s visiting Monday. The first lady is also expected to make stops in Florida and Georgia.

“For all the talk out there about this race, Joe has made it clear that he’s all in,” she said to chants of “four more years” from the crowd.

Jill Biden added, “That’s the decision that he’s made. And just as he’s always supported my career, I am all in, too.”

She told the crowd that they cannot “take anything for granted.”

World leaders are concerned about US leadership in NATO, former US diplomat says

From CNN's Betsy Klein and Jennifer Hansler

A former key US diplomat on Monday confirmed some political concerns from NATO allies heading into this week’s summit in the aftermath of President Joe Biden’s debate performance.

Kurt Volker, former US ambassador to NATO and US special representative for Ukraine negotiations, told CNN the allies will be focused on two areas when they meet in Washington, DC.

The second concern, Volker said, is about the possibility of a second Trump administration after the former president cast doubt on the future of US support for the alliance: “Then they worry — if he doesn’t do that and it’s former President Donald Trump coming back, what does that mean for US support for NATO, US support for Ukraine?”

Many Europeans have also signaled concerns about what a Trump presidency could mean for the alliance, especially as Ukraine fights off Russia’s invasion.

“We are all anxious about your US presidential elections,” a European diplomat said, noting comments from Trump and his campaign suggesting he will “encourage if not force” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Russian President Vladimir Putin to the negotiating table.

There is concern that if Trump is reelected, US support to Ukraine will be conditioned on Kyiv entering into negotiations. If the US takes that position, it will be difficult for Europe to maintain its support, the diplomat said.

Reality TV personality Amber Rose to speak at Republican National Convention

From CNN's Kristen Holmes
July 8, 2024, presidential debate and election news | CNN Politics (13)

Amber Rose attends the 65th Grammy Awards on February 5, 2023 in Los Angeles.

Amber Rose, a reality television personality who shocked fans by endorsing Donald Trump for president earlier this year, is expected to speak at the Republican Convention next week, a source familiar tells CNN.

Earlier this year, Rose faced backlash after posting a picture of herself with Trump and Melania Trump with the caption “Trump 2024.”

It was not immediately clear what night Rose would be speaking.

Biden to join the National Finance Committee call today

From CNN's Jeff Zeleny

President Joe Biden is expected to join the campaign’s National Finance Committee call today, a senior Democratic adviser told CNN, to urge donors to move beyond the crisis enveloping the party and rally behind his candidacy.

The call is scheduled to take place at 12 p.m. ET.

Adding the president to the call underscores one of the biggest concerns inside the campaign: If Biden stays in, will donors continue to back him or redirect their money to House and Senate campaign efforts?

Chair of Congressional Black Caucus issues statement supporting Biden

From CNN's Eva McKend

Democratic Rep. Steven Horsford, a frontline member who also chairs the Congressional Black Caucus, issued a statement in support of President Biden Monday morning.

The congressman representing Nevada’s 4th District is one of more than a two dozen members Democrats have identified as running in competitive seats.

In Horsford’s statement, he stresses Nevada voters have made their choice.

Vice presidential contender Rubio will attend Trump Doral rally on Tuesday

From CNN's Kit Maher
July 8, 2024, presidential debate and election news | CNN Politics (14)

Sen. Marco Rubio speaks to reporters in the spin room following the CNN Presidential Debate between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump at the McCamish Pavilion on the Georgia Institute of Technology campus on June 27 in Atlanta.

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, one of the top contenders being considered as Donald Trump’s running mate, will be attending Trump’s rally on Tuesday in Doral, Florida, according to a source familiar.

The rally comes nearly a week ahead of the Republican National Convention where Trump will be nominated as their presidential candidate and when his vice president pick is expected to be announced.

Biden presses case in defiant "Morning Joe" interview and says he's not going anywhere

From CNN's Betsy Klein and Donald Judd

President Joe Biden called in to MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Monday as he looks to turn the tide on mounting criticism from members of his own party and do more “off-the-cuff,” unscripted engagements to quell concerns about his age.

A defiant Biden pledged he wasn’t going anywhere and derided those Democrats calling for him to step down as part of the “elite.”

Biden offered a confusing response to a question about his letter to Hill Democrats calling for unity, lambasting former President Donald Trump for being on the golf course after the debate. Trump has largely stayed under the radar while Biden battles the news cycle.

“Well, look – Democrats – Joe, let me say it this way, the reason I’ve been on the road so much, all over the country, while Trump is riding around in a golf cart, filling out his golf card before, golf card before he even hits the ball – but anyway, he hasn’t been anywhere in 10 days, I’ve been all over the country No. 1,” he said.

He continued: “And I’ve gone over a country for several reasons. One, to make sure my instinct was right about the party still wanting me to be the nominee. And all the data, all the data shows that the average Democrat out there who voted, 14 million of them who’ve voted for me, still want me to be the nominee, No. 1.”

The president was also asked to respond to criticism of a response he gave to ABC News Friday to a question about how he’d feel in January if Trump won.

“I’ll feel as long as I gave it my all and I did the good as job as I know I can do, that’s what this is about,” Biden said Friday.

He dismissed the growing concerns from those who have said it was not a satisfactory answer.

“It’s not an option and I’ve not lost and I haven’t lost. I beat him last time, I beat him this time. Look at his performance at debates,” Biden said. “He’s just a liar, and he hasn’t done a damn thing since the debate.”

Asked how he would reassure voters that he wouldn’t have another night like his performance in the presidential debate, he said, “Look at my career,” adding that he has “not had many of those nights.”

Biden to congressional Democrats: "I am firmly committed to staying in this race"

From CNN's Kayla Tausche
July 8, 2024, presidential debate and election news | CNN Politics (15)

President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign rally at Sherman Middle School in Madison, Wisconsin, on Friday, July 5.

President Joe Bidentold congressional Democrats in a letter on Monday that he will continue his reelection bid despite mounting concerns about the president’s mental fitness and the viability of his campaign.

Meanwhile, the president will continue his outreach to Democratic lawmakers, a campaign official tells CNN,during a critical week for his candidacyas the party’s 2024 nominee while all House Democrats are set to convene Tuesday to discuss growing questions over the path forward.

Congress returns to Washington on Tuesday for the first time since the June 27 debate on CNN that prompted widespread concern over Biden’s ability to secure a victory for Democrats in November and to serve an additional four years in office.

What it's like inside the White House following Biden's disastrous debate performance

From CNN's MJ Lee
July 8, 2024, presidential debate and election news | CNN Politics (16)

The north portico and fountain of The White House is seen on June 11, in Washington, DC.

As PresidentJoe Biden’s political future hangs in the balance, many inside the White House – still rattled by the president’sdisastrous debate performancelast month – are now gripped with anxiety and unease about whether Biden will continue his reelection campaign.

The mood since Biden’s dismal showing at CNN’s presidential debate on June 27 has been somber, multiple sources inside and outside the White House tell CNN, as staffers ranging from younger junior aides to more seasoned officials havestruggled to make sense of Biden’s halting 90-plus minuteson the debate stage.

Inside the White House, where TV screens are always on and set to four cable news channels – CNN, MSNBC, Fox and CNBC – the devastating headlines casting doubt on Biden’s political future have been unavoidable. Thelatest blow came Sunday, when more than a handful of House Democratic ranking members told Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries in a call that Biden needs to step aside, according to sources familiar.

In the tumultuous days since the debate, many senior administration officials have had check-ins with their teams and individual direct reports, sources said. These conversations have been intended to offer staff emotional support and encourage aides to keep their heads down and continue the Biden administration’s work.

Read more about what it’s like in the White House.

Bidencampaign launches new abortion-focused ad

From CNN's Betsy Klein

TheBidencampaign has launched a new, 30-second ad tying former President Donald Trump to the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade, an issue it believes will be potent to mobilizing voters this November.

This ad will run as part of a previously-announced $50 million ad buy on high-impact programs like the Olympics, the Republican National Convention, and “The Bachelorette” season premiere as the campaign pushes forward in the fallout from the debate.

“Ask yourself: Who do you want in the White House? The man proud to overturn Roe v. Wade, or the president fighting for your rights?” the ad says.

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