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2024 election live updates: Manchin the latest to call on Biden to end reelection bid

More Democrats are calling for Biden to bow out of the race.

Last Updated: July 21, 2024, 1:46 PM EDT

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 in June 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.

On July 11, Biden held his first news conference since the debate -- taking multiple questions about his political future.

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President Joe Biden coughs during an event with Rep. Steven Horsford in Las Vegas, July 16, 2024.
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Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at a moderated conversation with former Trump administration national security official Olivia Troye and former Republican voter Amanda Stratton in Kalamazoo, MI, July 17, 2024.
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Rep. Dean Phillips calls for Congressional Dems to hold a confidence vote on Biden

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed Sunday, Rep. Dean Phillips, D-Minn. and former long-shot Democratic presidential candidate, called on Congressional Democrats to hold a confidence vote on President Joe Biden as the party's nominee.

Phillips said that this method would be democratic, because those lawmakers were elected by Americans across the country.

Rep. Dean Phillips holds a rally outside of the N.H. Statehouse after handing over his declaration of candidacy form for President in Concord, NH, Oct. 27, 2023.
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"That’s why I believe House and Senate Democrats, directly elected by voters from across the country, must hold an immediate vote of confidence and share the results directly with Mr. Biden," Phillips wrote in the op-ed. "It can be done by secret ballot, as fear of political retribution still prevents many members from speaking publicly. But a poll of elected Democrats whose electoral fates are closely tied to the president is far superior to one of unelected members of the Democratic National Committee."

If the vote of "confidence" wins, then Democrats should coalesce their support behind the president, Phillips wrote.

"But if ‘no confidence’ is the consensus, the president must end his candidacy," he added.

In the case of a "no confidence vote," Phillips said he thinks Vice President Kamala Harris would become the party's candidate, but Phillips proposed a method to selecting the party's ticket.

"The president and the party could then either endorse and elevate Vice President Kamala Harris to the top of the ticket or promote a one-month ‘miniprimary,’” he wrote.

Phillips also called on Biden to "pass the torch" during an interview on CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday.

10:16 AM EDT

Joe Manchin calls on Biden to end reelection bid

Sen. Joe Manchin, I-W.Va., who caucuses with Democrats but left the party earlier this year, told "This Week" co-anchor Martha Raddatz on Sunday that he came to the decision "with a heavy heart," but that the swell of Democrats issuing similar calls after last month's debate made the current situation untenable for President Biden.

ABC News’ Martha Raddatz interviews Sen. Joe Manchin, I-W.Va., on “This Week.”
ABC News’ Martha Raddatz interviews Sen. Joe Manchin, I-W.Va., on “This Week.”

Manchin argued that dropping out now would allow Biden to tackle a litany of issues he's prioritized, including uniting the country, ending fighting in Gaza and helping Ukraine fend off Russia's invasion, on top of being "able to show the rest of the world the orderly transfer of power from the superpower of the world."

Sen. Joe Manchin is questioned by reporters about the candidacy of President Joe Biden, in the U.S. Capitol, on July 8, 2024, in Washington, D.C.
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"He will go down with a legacy unlike many people, as one of the finest and truly a [patriotic] American," Manchin said. "So, with that, I come with a heavy heart to think the time has come for him to pass the torch to a new generation."

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-ABC News' Tal Axelrod