A running list of top Democrats calling for Biden to drop out

President Joe Biden is facing increasing pressure from some members of his party to withdraw from the 2024 race following his debate debacle last week. In a remarkable drip of defections, some prominent Democrats have publicly urged the president to drop out and have voiced concerns that he cannot win against Donald Trump in November.

Here’s a running list of top Democrats, including sitting members of Congress, who have called for Biden to pull out of the ticket:

Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton

Moulton on Thursday became the third sitting House Democrat to call for Biden to step aside, telling WBUR that it was time to “let new leaders rise up and run against Donald Trump.” He said he came to that decision after speaking with fellow Democrats about Biden’s chances in the election.

“That’s what’s most important,” Moulton said. “We have to win.”

Arizona Rep. Raúl Grijalva

Grijalva called for Biden to withdraw from the race on Wednesday, telling The New York Times: “What he needs to do is shoulder the responsibility for keeping that seat — and part of that responsibility is to get out of this race.”

He said he would support Biden if he decides to continue running, but he questioned whether the president could beat Trump in November.

Julián Castro, former Housing and Urban Development secretary

Castro wrote in a post on X on Tuesday that Biden’s debate performance “disturbingly demonstrated that he is unable to effectively prosecute the case against Donald Trump — much less inspire and mobilize voters to the polls.”

Castro, who ran against Biden in 2020, said the president was no longer the same campaigner as he was four years ago, and that he “looks very likely” to lose to Trump.

“President Biden should fulfill his promise to be a bridge to the next generation of leadership — and allow a stronger Democratic candidate to prevent a disastrous second Trump term,” Castro wrote.

Texas Rep. Lloyd Doggett

Doggett was the first sitting member of Congress to call for Biden’s withdrawal, saying in a statement on Tuesday: “I represent the heart of a congressional district once represented by Lyndon Johnson. Under very different circumstances, he made the painful decision to withdraw. President Biden should do the same.”

Former Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan

Ryan, who had questioned whether Biden should run for re-election as early as 2022, declared in a Newsweek op-ed on Monday that Vice President Kamala Harris should be the Democratic presidential nominee.

“Witnessing Joe Biden struggle was heartbreaking. And we must forge a new path forward,” he wrote. “Those who say that a Harris candidacy is a greater risk than the Joe Biden we saw the other night and will continue to see are not living in reality.”