Washington — Several senior House Democrats mentioned Sunday that President Biden ought to finish his reelection marketing campaign within the wake of his current debate efficiency, a number of folks inform CBS News.

Reps. Jerry Nadler of New York, Mark Takano of California, Adam Smith of Washington and Joe Morelle of New York mentioned Sunday throughout a Zoom assembly with House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries that Mr. Biden ought to go away the race, in accordance with an individual on the decision and three different folks conversant in the assembly. 

Reps. Jim Himes of Connecticut, Don Beyer of Virginia and Jamie Raskin of Maryland additionally expressed skepticism of the president’s electoral probabilities, the member on the decision and an individual conversant in the assembly mentioned. 

Beyer’s workplace on Sunday reaffirmed his assist for Mr. Biden, regardless of preliminary reviews suggesting that he was a part of the group calling on the president to step apart. After information of the decision was revealed, Beyer additionally issued a press release saying he supported Mr. Biden.

“I assist the Biden-Harris ticket, and look ahead to serving to defeat Donald Trump in November,” Beyer mentioned. “I used to be proud to host an occasion this week in Northern Virginia with the President, and can proceed doing all I can to assist the Biden-Harris marketing campaign in Virginia and throughout the nation.”  

CBS News has reached out to all of the members who sources say both expressed reservations in regards to the president’s probabilities or mentioned he ought to withdraw from the race.

A spokesperson for Jeffries declined to touch upon the decision. 

Rep. Susan Wild, who represents Pennsylvania’s seventh Congressional District, mentioned in a press release that she “expressed the identical considerations that Americans throughout the nation are grappling with, about President Biden’s electability on the prime of the ticket.” 

“It isn’t useful to the nation for this troublesome course of to play out amidst leaks and rumors,” Wild mentioned. “The Democratic Caucus in Congress is a really numerous group, and there are various opinions about what ought to subsequent occur. For that motive, I’ve at all times felt it necessary that persons are capable of communicate their minds in a confidential setting, in order that we will all profit from what others are pondering. In the approaching days and weeks, I’ll function as I at all times have, persevering with to have these necessary conversations whereas holding one of the best pursuits of my constituents on the forefront of each resolution and assertion I make.”

Rep. Richard Neal, of Massachusetts, mentioned in a press release, “The backside line is President Biden beat Trump in 2020, and now, bolstered by his historic file of success, he’ll do it once more in November. Trump is a mendacity, convicted felon who has solely ever been out for himself, and the American folks know that. As I shared earlier, Republicans are the most important menace to the well being of our democracy, our economic system, and the folks, and the President is aware of what’s at stake. I’m with him all the best way, preventing like hell to defeat these threats.”  

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U.S. President Joe Biden prepares to disembark Air Force One as he arrives at Harrisburg International Airport on July 07, 2024 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. 

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The assembly got here after House Democratic leaders convened a name final week amid a gradual leak of Democratic lawmakers who’ve referred to as for him to step apart. On Saturday, Rep. Angie Craig, who represents a frontline district in Minnesota, turned the most recent House Democrat to name for the president to withdraw from the race. And the eye is predicted to be on the president’s assist in Congress as lawmakers return from recess this week. 

Meanwhile, Mr. Biden has appeared defiant in current days, making clear that he plans to remain within the race regardless of concern from some members of his get together. When requested throughout an interview with ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos on Friday whether or not he would step down if there have been calls from the get together’s leaders in Congress, Mr. Biden brushed the query apart, saying “they don’t seem to be going to do this.”

The president mentioned he had an hour-long dialog with Jeffries and had spent “many hours” with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. The president additionally convened a gathering on the White House with Democratic governors final week. 

“If the Lord almighty got here down and mentioned ‘Joe, get out of the race,’ I’d get out of the race,” the president mentioned. “The Lord almighty’s not coming down.”

Meanwhile, Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia has been talking with Democratic colleagues about discovering methods to persuade the president to step apart and let others search the nomination, a senator who’s been contacted by Warner advised CBS News on Thursday. The senator famous on the time that there weren’t formal plans but. 

Fin Gómez contributed reporting.