President Joe Biden is facing a critical point in his reelection bid as Democratic calls for him to exit the 2024 race continue to mount despite his efforts to shut them down.

A poor debate performance against Donald Trump reignited questions about Biden’s age and fitness to carry out his campaign and serve another four years. Biden has defiantly insisted he is staying the course, telling lawmakers this week he is not going anywhere.

Trump, who has kept a relatively low-profile as anxious Democrats publicly and privately air concerns, returned to the campaign trail on Tuesday with a rally in Florida.

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Jul 11, 11:29 AM

10th House Democrat calls on Biden to step aside

Michigan Rep. Hillary Scholten has added her name to the growing list of House Democrats who are calling on Biden to end his presidential election bid.

The congresswoman said in a statement posted on X Thursday that it “is essential that we have the strongest possible candidate leading the top of the ticket — not just to win, but to govern.”

“The people of Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District elected me to represent them with integrity. They elected a Congresswoman they trust to speak the truth, even when it’s hard. They voted for someone who would put America’s future first and stand up for what is right. That’s what I am doing now,” Scholten, who represents Grand Rapids, said.

PHOTO: Rep. Hillary Scholten leaves a meeting of the House Democratic Caucus about the candidacy of President Joe Biden at the Democratic National Committee, July 9, 2024.  (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images)

PHOTO: Rep. Hillary Scholten leaves a meeting of the House Democratic Caucus about the candidacy of President Joe Biden at the Democratic National Committee, July 9, 2024. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images)

She is the 10th sitting House Democrat to call for Biden to step aside.

Scholten noted that if Biden stayed in the race, she would “respect his decision,” and still vote for him.

-ABC News’ Lauren Peller

Jul 11, 10:07 AM

Biden press conference slides back an hour

The White House announced Thursday morning that the much-anticipated Biden’s press conference will now start at 6:30 p.m. local time in Washington, instead of the previous 5:30 p.m. start time.

Biden has a busy day of meetings tied to the NATO summit ahead of the press conference, including a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

The presser will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, and is his first solo press conference in eight months.

Jul 10, 9:39 PM

White House confirms time Biden will speak to media Thursday

President Joe Biden will take questions from the media on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. ET, his first press conference since the controversy over his candidacy erupted following his debate performance.

Biden has had fewer pressers with the media than his predecessors and the last time he took questions solo was back in November 2023.

The upcoming press briefing is being held at the Washington Convention Center, where Biden will spend a third day at the 2024 NATO Summit.

Jul 10, 9:12 PM

Arizona Gov. Hobbs says Biden ‘has a lot to do’ to assure voters

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs, a Democrat who participated virtually in the recent meeting between President Joe Biden and governors, has joined the chorus of governors expressing concerns about Biden, telling reporters on Wednesday that Biden “has a lot to do” to assure voters about his capabilities.

“I know that Arizonans have been concerned about the president’s age, and since the debate, I think those concerns are even more top of mind, and I think the president has a lot to do to assure Arizonans and Americans. And I know that he knows that that is his job over the coming weeks,” Hobbs said, according to public radio station KJZZ.

Asked if she has concerns about Biden being able to do the job of president for four more years, she said, “Joe Biden can do the job, and that’s all I’m gonna to say about the situation.”

“I have one vote in this election, just like everyone else. And to me, the choice is abundantly clear. The guy who’s gonna uphold democracy and the guy who’s trying to tear it down,” she added later.

Jul 10, 7:35 PM

1st senator joins growing calls for Biden to drop out

PHOTO: Sen. Peter Welch is questioned by reporters as he departs the Senate floor following a vote at the US Capitol, on July 9, 2024, in Washington, D.C. (Anna Rose Layden/Getty Images)PHOTO: Sen. Peter Welch is questioned by reporters as he departs the Senate floor following a vote at the US Capitol, on July 9, 2024, in Washington, D.C. (Anna Rose Layden/Getty Images)

PHOTO: Sen. Peter Welch is questioned by reporters as he departs the Senate floor following a vote at the US Capitol, on July 9, 2024, in Washington, D.C. (Anna Rose Layden/Getty Images)

Sen. Peter Welch of Vermont called for Biden to withdraw from the 2024 race in a Washington Post op-ed published Wednesday evening.

Welch is the first Senate Democrat to officially call for Biden to step aside.

“I understand why President Biden wants to run. He saved us from Donald Trump once and wants to do it again. But he needs to reassess whether he is the best candidate to do so. In my view, he is not,” Welch wrote.

“I deliver this assessment with sadness. Vermont loves Joe Biden. President Biden and Vice President Harris received a larger vote percentage here than in any other state. But regular Vermonters are worried that he can’t win this time, and they’re terrified of another Trump presidency,” he said.

-ABC News’ Allison Pecorin

Jul 10, 6:47 PM

9th Democrat calls for Biden to withdraw from the race

PHOTO: Rep. Earl Blumenauer is seen in the Capitol, April 26, 2023. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)PHOTO: Rep. Earl Blumenauer is seen in the Capitol, April 26, 2023. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

PHOTO: Rep. Earl Blumenauer is seen in the Capitol, April 26, 2023. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., became the ninth Democrat to call on Biden to end his reelection bid.

Blumenauer, a senior member of the House Ways and Means and Budget committees, commended the president for his accomplishments, claiming in a statement released Wednesday that Biden “will be recorded in history as the most successful president in the last 50 years.”

However, the congressmen added that, in his mind, “We will all be better served if the president steps aside as the Democratic nominee and manages a transition under his terms.”

“The next six months will be critical in the implementation of President Biden’s landmark accomplishments that will define his legacy for generations to come. He should devote his energy and undivided attention to issues of war and peace, the climate crisis, and rebuilding and renewing America,” Blumenauer said, in part.

-ABC News’ Ben Siegel

Jul 10, 6:39 PM

AFL-CIO calls on Democrats to unite behind Biden

The AFL-CIO for the second time in a week put out a statement in support of President Joe Biden after unanimously voting to reaffirm their support for the Biden-Harris ticket, saying that they are the “most pro-union administration in our lifetimes.”

The union, which endorsed the Biden-Harris campaign in June 2023, urged Democrats to support Biden saying, “The labor movement is united behind President Biden and Vice President Harris. We urge his party and the American people to join us.”

“The message from today’s meeting couldn’t have been clearer: Right now, it’s time to come together around a vision of a country where everyone has a fair shot with a living wage, affordable health care, retirement security, and time to do the things we love like spending time with family and friends and pursuing our interests and passions. These are fundamental to, as the president reiterated to our meeting, building the economy from the bottom up and the middle out, not the top down,” the AFL-CIO Executive Council said in a statement..

-ABC News’ Beatrice Peterson

Jul 10, 5:45 PM

Newsom says he won’t challenge Harris, reiterates support for Biden

California Gov. Gavin Newsom was again asked about the future of President Biden’s campaign and whether he’d challenge Vice President Kamala Harris if she took the ticket during a news conference on the ongoing wildfires Wednesday.

Newsom stood by comments he made in 2023 when he said he would not run against Harris.

The governor reiterated that he is still backing Biden as the Democratic presidential nominee.

PHOTO: Gavin Newsom, Democratic candidate for governor of California and Senator Kamala Harris during a rally in Burbank, Calif., May 30, 2018. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images)PHOTO: Gavin Newsom, Democratic candidate for governor of California and Senator Kamala Harris during a rally in Burbank, Calif., May 30, 2018. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

PHOTO: Gavin Newsom, Democratic candidate for governor of California and Senator Kamala Harris during a rally in Burbank, Calif., May 30, 2018. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

“I think I’ve had 100 media outlets asking the same question, and I think that I’ve amply answered my support for the president and the support I saw on the ground was demonstrable,” he said.

Newsom said he didn’t read the full comments that former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave on MSNBC where she said, “It’s up to the president to decide if he is going to run.”

He also said he had not read George Clooney’s New York Times op-ed that called on Biden to bow out.

Jul 10, 4:46 PM

Morale ‘very low’ at White House as staff frustrated by Clooney op-ed: Source

Morale “is very low in the building,” a person who works regularly with senior level White House staff told ABC News Wednesday.

Some in President Joe Biden’s inner circle, including senior adviser Anita Dunn and chief of staff Jeff Zients, are said to be very frustrated and upset by George Clooney’s op-ed in the New York Times in which he calls on Biden to step aside, the source said.

The donor class is also deeply divided, a Democratic adviser told ABC News.

Although small donations continue to pour in and the very largest donors are doubling down, the huge swath of donors in the middle are holding back, according to the adviser. That group of donors, which gives anywhere from five to eight figures, are on pause, which is very damaging since they’re a major part of the donor ecosystem, the adviser said.

This adviser adds that the hand-wringing in the meantime has been very harmful to the campaign.

Another Democratic fundraiser says while a strong performance at the solo press conference Thursday could help the situation, many donors believe the crisis around Biden just won’t go away.

The doubts raised by members of Congress, the comments from Nancy Pelosi, and the op-ed from George Clooney are all fueling a flurry of discussions among donors about what to do if Biden drops out.

-ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Selina Wang

Jul 10, 4:14 PM

Some Congressional Black Caucus members back Biden

Several Congressional Black Caucus members expressed their support for the president as the Democratic nominee following their weekly meeting Wednesday.

“I’m going to work very hard for him,” Rep. Maxine Waters. a California Democrat, told ABC News. “I think he’s kept all his promises and I am very very supportive.”

Waters and Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, emphasized their prior endorsements of the president’s reelection bid and support Biden’s decision to stay in the race.

“I do not think he should step aside,” Green said. “And I think the president has said he is not stepping aside, so I think that counts too doesn’t it.”

Rep. Cori Bush D-Miss., however, did not give a full-throated endorsement but emphasized she wants to beat Trump in November.

When ask if Biden can defeat the former president, Bush told ABC News, “that is a question for Joe Biden.”

“I can’t speak to that. It’s up to the president,” she added.

-ABC News’ Arthur Jones II and Rachel Scott

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