House Democrats calling for Biden's resignation won't say whether they'll support him in general election

Most House Democrats who have urged President Biden to withdraw from the 2024 race have not said whether they would support him as a White House candidate if their calls go unheeded.

The 81-year-old leader's disastrous debate performance two weeks ago fueled concerns among fellow Democrats about his ability to beat former President Donald Trump in November.

Reps. Mike Quigley, D-Illinois, Seth Moulton, D-Massachusetts, Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, Angie Craig, D-Minnesota, and Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, have all publicly urged Biden to step down.

Fox News Digital reached out to each of the five Democrats by email multiple times Monday and did not receive a response.

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President Joe Biden walks across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Sunday, July 7, after returning from a trip to Pennsylvania. (AP/Susan Walsh)

Both Biden and his campaign have maintained that he remains in the race and is the candidate best positioned to prevent Trump from winning a second term.

But even his allies question whether he has the stamina and mental acuity to see out a second term, much less run a campaign through early November. Some Democrats have expressed concern that his candidacy could derail vulnerable left-wing candidates also running for the House and Senate.

The window for Democrats to choose a new nominee, however, is rapidly shrinking and will likely be virtually impossible after the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Chicago in August.

The president wrote to congressional Democrats earlier Monday to make clear he would not budge.

“The question of how to move forward has been widely debated for over a week,” Biden wrote. “And it’s time for that to stop. We have one job to do. And that’s to defeat Donald Trump.”

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President Biden and former President Trump faced off in their high-stakes 2024 election rematch debate on June 27. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images, left)

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The pressure has only grown since then, with Rep. Adam Smith, D-Washington, the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, adding to calls for Biden to step down during an interview on CNN late Monday afternoon.

Smith, however, said in the interview that he would support Biden if he were nominated in August.

Democratic lawmakers remained largely noncommittal on Capitol Hill Monday night, as Congress resumed its first full week since the debate. Those who stopped to speak to the media largely defended Biden and directed their anger at Trump.

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Rep. Adam Smith, a Washington Democrat, is the sixth House Democrat to urge Biden to end his reelection bid but has said he will support Biden as a nominee. (Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images)

Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Maryland Democrat who is a Biden ally and the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, declined to answer reporters' questions about Biden's candidacy after the House votes.

Asked about Vice President Kamala Harris' chances of winning the 2024 primary, Indiana Democratic Rep. Andre Carson told reporters: “I think she would be phenomenal. I think it's time for a woman to be president… But Joe Biden is our president, and we're going to support him.”

Congressional Progressive Caucus Chairwoman Pramila Jayapal, a Washington Democrat, said her group would meet with Biden later this week. She also launched a veiled attack on her fellow Democrats for publicly expressing frustrations with Biden.

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“I think it would be hard not to be concerned,” she said of Biden’s debate performance, before adding: “I think he’s been a really wonderful president over the last three and a half years and he’s worked very closely with progressives.”

“I think it's important to have this conversation now because people have concerns, but I don't think it should be public.”

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, a Washington Democrat, said she supports Biden for now.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, a Washington Democrat, said she supports Biden for now. (Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Rep. Joe Morelle, D-N.Y., who reportedly expressed concerns about Biden's candidacy during a call with House Democrats Sunday, would not confirm those reports when asked by reporters but acknowledged he needed to see improvement in the president.

“I think the president needs to demonstrate to the American public that what we saw in the debate is not a normal situation,” Morelle said. “Unfortunately, that’s a burden he’s carrying right now, but he needs to continue to do that, and he needs to do it quickly.”

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Others, like Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Dan Goldman, both Democrats, have staunchly defended Biden as the Democratic nominee. Neither has addressed concerns about Biden’s cognitive abilities.

Reached earlier for comment on Democrats' calls to step down, a Biden campaign spokesperson pointed to his comments at a rally in Wisconsin on Friday.

“I'm not going to let a 90-minute debate undo three and a half years of work. I'm staying in the race and I will beat Donald Trump,” Biden said.

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