Democrats rake in $46.7m in donations after Biden quits 2024 race as Kamala Harris vows to beat Trump: Live

Democratic donors are already returning in their droves after President Joe Biden announced that he was dropping out of the 2024 presidential race and endorsing Vice President Kamala Harris to replace him on the top of the party ticket.

Liberal political action committee ActBlue announced that as of 9pm ET, just over seven hours since Biden announced he was stepping aside, it had raised a staggering $46.7m: “This has been the biggest fundraising day of the 2024 cycle.”

The resurgence in donations comes after several of the party’s top donors had pulled funding in recent weeks as they, together with Democratic lawmakers, called on Biden to quit the race.

On Sunday, Biden finally complied, sharing a letter to the American people saying that “while it has been my intention to seek reelection, I believe it is in the best interest of my party and the country for me to stand down and to focus solely on fulfilling my duties as President for the remainder of my term.”

The president then endorsed Harris, who said in a statement that she plans to “earn and win” the Democratic nomination and vowed to do “everything in my power” to beat Donald Trump.

Key Points

  • Democrats see ‘biggest fundraising day’ as PAC ActBlue raises $46.7m

  • Democratic state party chairs overwhelmingly back Harris

  • Democrats applaud, Republicans fume as Joe Biden drops out to endorse Kamala Harris

  • Majority of Democratic senators have now endorsed Harris

  • Bill and Hillary Clinton lead Dems endorsing Kamala (but Obama makes no mention of her in his statement)

Democratic donors return in droves after Biden quits race and and endorses Harris

07:00 , Rachel Sharp

Democratic donors are already returning in their droves after President Joe Biden announced that he was dropping out of the 2024 presidential race and endorsing Vice President Kamala Harris to replace him on the top of the party ticket.

Liberal political action committee ActBlue announced that as of 9pm ET, just over seven hours since Biden announced he was stepping aside, it had raised a staggering $46.7m.

“UPDATE: As of 9pm ET, grassroots supporters have raised $46.7 million through ActBlue following Vice President Kamala Harris’ campaign launch,” the PAC said in a statement.

“This has been the biggest fundraising day of the 2024 cycle. Small-dollar donors are fired up and ready to take on this election.”

The resurgence in donations comes after several of the party’s top donors had pulled funding in recent weeks as they, together with Democratic lawmakers, called on Biden to quit the race.

Trump takes a big lead over Harris in betting odds for November, but one Dem is a surprise with her chances

06:40 , Rachel Sharp

Donald Trump has taken the lead in the presidential betting odds against Kamala Harris.

The former president is currently -200 favorite to win the presidential race, while Harris is roughly a 2/1 underdog at +185, according to BetOnline. The newest results come as President Joe Biden announced he would no longer seek reelection in November.

But third on the list is none other than former First Lady Michelle Obama, who left the White House in 2017, with odds at +2000.

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Trump takes a big lead over Harris in betting odds for November

Any Democrat who dares to challenge Kamala Harris would be committing ‘political suicide’: sources

06:20 , Rachel Sharp

Any Democrat who dares to challenge Vice President Kamala Harris to top the party ticket would be committing “political suicide,” sources have warned.

Speaking on Face the Nation after Biden announced he was stepping down from the 2024 race and endorsing Harris for president, CBS News’ Margaret Brennan said that sources had told her they were not expecting a “head to head challenger”.

“Anyone, I was told, looking to challenge her would be committing political suicide to try to go head-to-head after Joe Biden had been so key in making it very clear, just within minutes of announcing he was not going to seek reelection, that he was endorsing her,” she said.

Brennan added: “The question then becomes who is the person who stands beside her August 19th at that Democratic convention to seek the nomination in that Vice President role. That’s where the focus is.”

Biden’s last appearance in public before president quits 2024 election race

06:00 , Lucy Leeson

Joe Biden’s last appearance in public was four days ago when he was seen slowly walking off Air Force One after testing positive for Covid-19.

The 81-year-old disembarked the aircraft at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware before getting inside a car on Wednesday (17 July).

The president announced his decision to quit the 2024 presidential race on Sunday (21 July).

In a post on X, formerly Twitter, Biden said it was “in the best interest of my party and the country for me to stand down”.

Where it went wrong: How Joe Biden’s campaign came to an end

05:30 , Natalie Chinn

President Joe Biden has dropped out of the 2024 presidential election and endorsed Vice President Kamala Harris to take his place in facing off Trump in November.

His announcement came after 37 Democratic and Independent lawmakers publicly called for him to step down from the race.

But how did we get here — and when did everything start going wrong?

We put together a timeline of events from this year to show exactly where President Biden’s campaign took a turn.

Hunter and Biden family’s tribute to Joe: ‘Unconditional love has been his North Star as president and as parent’

05:10 , Mike Bedigan

Hunter Biden penned an emotional tribute to his father on Sunday, saying that “unconditional love” has served as Joe Biden’s “North Star” during his time as president, following the stunning announcement on Sunday that he has put an end to his re-election campaign.

“He is unique in public life today, in that there is no distance between Joe Biden the man and Joe Biden the public servant of the last 54 years,” he wrote as tributes began to pour in for the president.

First lady Jill Biden and the president’s granddaughter Naomi were among the other Biden family members who spoke out in support of the president’s momentous decision, which comes after plummeting poll numbers and weeks of mounting pressure from prominent Democratic lawmakers and donors.

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Biden family’s tribute to Joe: ‘Unconditional love has been his North Star’

Former Biden press secretary reacts to news he’s stepping down

04:50 , Gustaf Kilander

As she broke the news on MSNBC on Sunday that Biden was stepping aside from the presidential race, former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said: “Obviously, this is a significant breaking news development with the President announcing he is stepping back from the race.”

“There was very little indication from people close to him and many people in the campaign that this was what was about to happen, as much as there were reports of Democrats calling on him to do that,” she added.

“I’m just going to say on a personal note, I’m just digesting this myself here because I worked for him for a year and a half and he is a remarkable person, a remarkable president,” she continued. “He’s had such a tremendous presidency where he has overcome the odds and defied people’s expectations.”

“People didn’t think he could pass an infrastructure bill. They didn’t think that he could lead through COVID,” she said. “They didn’t think he could pull countries together. He did all of those things and will continue to do those things. And also is just a deeply good human being.”

Keir Starmer praises Joe Biden after withdrawal from US presidential race

04:30 , William Warnes

The UK Prime Minister has praised Joe Biden for making a decision based on what he believed to be in “the best interest of the American people” after the US president withdrew his bid for re-election.

Mr Biden said on Sunday that it was “in the best interest of my party and the country for me to stand down”.

Responding to Mr Biden’s decision, Sir Keir Starmer said: “I respect President Biden’s decision and I look forward to us working together during the remainder of his presidency.

“I know that, as he has done throughout his remarkable career, President Biden will have made his decision based on what he believes is in the best interests of the American people.”

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Keir Starmer praises Joe Biden after withdrawal from US presidential race

Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords endorses Harris

04:10 , Gustaf Kilander

Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, the founder of the gun violence prevention organization bearing her name, said in a statement, “I am proud to endorse Kamala Harris’s historic candidacy for president of the United States.”

“Throughout her life, Vice President Harris has worked to protect the American people’s freedom and safety. I can think of no better candidate to beat Donald Trump and protect our democracy,” she added. “She will make a great president, and her strong, steadfast leadership will save lives. Mark and I will do everything we can to ensure she is elected in November.”

Joe Biden’s legacy ‘will rest in part on outcome of 2024 election’

03:50 , Sam Hall

Joe Biden’s legacy will “rest in part” on the outcome of the presidential election campaign that has been energised by his withdrawal, an expert on American politics has said.

Leslie Vinjamuri, director of Chatham House’s US and Americas programme, said the “historic” moment had “unleashed energy into an election that for months had felt routine, and seen the lowest levels of enthusiasm among a worn-down electorate”.

Ms Vinjamuri, a professor of international relations at SOAS, said: “The President’s announcement has created the challenge of a generation for the Democratic Party – to identify and unite behind a new nominee, and running mate, and to drive confidence and enthusiasm among registered Democrats, and undecided voters, especially in swing states.

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Joe Biden’s legacy ‘will rest in part on outcome of 2024 election’

Second Gentleman thanks first couple ‘for their years of friendship and support'

03:40 , Gustaf Kilander

The Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff took to X to thank the president and the first lady for “their friendship and support.”

“I am deeply grateful to @POTUS and @FLOTUS for their years of friendship and support. President Biden is a true patriot who leads our nation with honesty, decency, and integrity,” he wrote. “Alongside @VP, they have fought tirelessly for families and communities, delivering for Americans across our nation. I am so proud of their accomplishments and thankful for their leadership.”

Tennessee DNC delegation votes to back Harris

03:30 , Gustaf Kilander

The Tennessee delegation to the Democratic National Convention announced on X on Sunday that they voted to back Harris for president.

Democratic state party chairs overwhelmingly back Harris

03:20 , Gustaf Kilander

On Sunday night, the majority of State Democratic Party chairs announced that they are backing Harris for president.

"I am proud that state party chairs, vice-chairs, and executive directors across the country are overwhelmingly uniting behind Vice President Kamala Harris,” the president of the Association of State Democratic Committees Ken Martin said in a statement on behalf of the 57 State Democratic Parties. “These state party leaders are on the front lines of winning elections at every level and know that the stakes of this election could not be higher. With our democracy on the ballot, there is no one more qualified than Vice President Harris to prosecute the case against Donald Trump.”

"Almost 15 million Democrats have already voted for Vice President Harris as a member of the Democratic ticket,” he added. “As President Biden's partner in the White House, Vice President Harris has been a cornerstone of this administration's extraordinary successes, and she is the most qualified candidate to continue that legacy and serve as president. As a Black woman and a South Asian American, she represents the diversity of our Democratic coalition and its future.”

“As we move forward, united, we will protect President Biden's legacy by ensuring we do everything in our power between now and November 5 to defeat Donald Trump, stop Trump's Project 2025, and elect Democrats up and down the ballot in every corner of this country,” he concluded.

The press release said that the “vast majority” of state party leaders voted to back Harris. While no one voted to oppose her, a few abstained “for in-state procedural reasons.”

Gretchen Whitmer joins Harris campaign staff call

03:12 , Gustaf Kilander

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer joined a Harris campaign call on Sunday, according to Politico.

Whitmer, who is backing Harris, joined the call and endorsements rolled in supporting the vice president.

Michigan is seen as a state that Democrats have to win to have a chance to retain the White House.

Whitmer was one of Biden’s top surrogates alongside fellow governors Gavin Newsom of California and Josh Shapiro of Pennsylvania, both of whom have endorsed Harris.

Shapiro spoke with Harris on Sunday in a separate call, the outlet noted.

Democrats applaud, Republicans fume as Joe Biden drops out to endorse Kamala Harris

03:10 , John Bowden, Bel Trew

Washington erupted on Sunday as President Joe Biden reversed course after weeks of calls for him to drop out and announced that he would not be the nominee for the Democratic Party in 2024.

Statements from politicians on both sides of the aisle — some clearly having been prepared for days, if not weeks — poured in as the 81-year-old Biden said that he would bow to the wishes of Democrats who feared that his campaign was heading for a historic collapse which would have dragged down-ballot Democrats into defeat this fall.

Members of the president’s party applauded him and spoke glowingly of his legacy while Republicans, coming of their own nominating contest last week, called for him to step down as president immediately. Many also condemned their rivals for supposedly ignoring the will of the voters, who in actuality were never offered a real primary challenge to Biden this year.

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Democrats applaud, Republicans fume as Joe Biden drops out to endorse Kamala Harris

Black US attorneys general endorse Harris

02:50 , Gustaf Kilander

Six Black attorneys general issued a statement backing Harris, a former California attorney general, for president.

New York Attorney General Letitia James, Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul, Maryland Attorney General Anthony Brown, Massachusetts Attorney General Andrea Campbell, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, and Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford said in a statement that “As District Attorney, Attorney General, Senator, and now Vice President, Kamala Harris has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to protecting and expanding the rights of all Americans.”

They added: “She has fought fearlessly to support hardworking families, strong unions, accessible education, reliable infrastructure, and healthy communities.”

“She has staunchly defended our right to choose and preserved our most sacred right to vote. There is no one more qualified to lead and continue to uphold the values of our great nation,” they continued. “With tremendous gratitude to President Joseph R. Biden for years of selfless and dedicated service to our nation, we proudly endorse Vice President Kamala Harris as the next President of the United States.”

New Hampshire Democratic convention delegates back Harris

02:40 , Gustaf Kilander

The New Hampshire Democratic pledged convention delegates have endorsed Kamala Harris as the nominee for president.

With his decision today, President Biden has shown true selflessness and patriotism by passing the baton to the next generation and moving our party and nation forward. He has led one of the most successful administrations in history and he has dedicated his life to public service.

We are immensely grateful to President Biden and are proud to follow his lead and endorse Kamala Harris to be the Democratic nominee for President of the United States.

Our endorsement reflects the sentiments of the historic number of Granite State voters who supported the Biden-Harris ticket in the 2024 NH Presidential Primary.

Kamala Harris will defeat the Trump-Vance ticket, their dangerous Project 2025 agenda, and will build upon the successes and values of the Biden-Harris Administration.

Vice President Kamala Harris is phenomenally qualified - she has served as a prosecutor, California’s Attorney General, a United States Senator, and as Vice President. She is a trailblazer, and she is not done in her service to our nation.

We look forward to the National Convention in August and the next 107 days of campaigning for Vice President Harris and Democrats up and down the ticket.

New Hampshire Democratic pledged convention delegates

Bill and Hillary Clinton lead Dems endorsing Kamala (but Obama makes no mention of her in his statement)

02:30 , Mike Bedigan

Bill and Hillary Clinton were quick to throw their weight behind Kamala Harris’s bid for the Democratic nomination, as party leaders rushed to endorse the vice president after Joe Biden’s historic announcement that he would be ending his re-election campaign.

“We are honored to join the President in endorsing Vice President Harris and will do whatever we can to support her,” their statement read.

Notably absent from the list of those quick to commend Harris was Barack Obama, who did not mention her in a lengthy statement honoring the president’s “remarkable career” and character. Harris has said she was “honored” to have Biden’s official endorsement on Sunday and vowed to “earn and win” the Democratic nomination.

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Bill and Hillary Clinton lead Dems endorsing Kamala

More than $27.5m raised for Harris in first five hours

02:10 , Gustaf Kilander

More than $27.5m has been raised for the Harris campaign in just the first five hours since it was announced that Biden is stepping aside and endorsing his vice president, according to ActBlue.

“Grassroots supporters are energized and excited to support her as the Democratic nominee,” the nonprofit said on X.

Buttigieg praises Biden, endorses Harris: ‘I will do all that I can to help her win this election'

01:45 , Gustaf Kilander

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, who ran in the 2020 primary against both Biden and Harris, said in a statement that “Joe Biden has earned his place among the best and most consequential presidents in our history.”

“Americans are much better off because of his leadership and accomplishments,” he added. “He always puts our country first, as he demonstrated today, and I know he will continue to do so for the rest of his term.”

“Kamala Harris is now the right person to take up the torch, defeat Donald Trump, and succeed Joe Biden as President,” Buttigieg said. “I have seen her extraordinary leadership firsthand, working closely with her during the 2020 campaign and then in the historically effective Biden-Harris administration. I will do all that I can to help her win this election to lead America forward as our next President.”

Majority of Democratic senators have now endorsed Harris

01:30 , Gustaf Kilander

After Senators Bob Casey and Brian Schatz of Pennsylvania and Hawaii respectively announced their endorsements of Harris, a majority of Senate Democrats have now announced that they’re supporting her.

Twenty-six out of 51 members have now endorsed Harris. Fellow vulnerable incumbents, including Ohio’s Sherrod Brown and Nevada’s Jacky Rosen, have also backed Harris.

CNN’s Van Jones cries on live TV after Biden drops out of presidential race

01:10 , Lucy Leeson

CNN commentator Van Jones cried live on television following Joe Biden’s announcement to withdraw from the 2024 presidential election race.

Biden announced his decision to step down in a social media post on X, formerly Twitter, on Sunday (21 July) and publicly endorsed his vice president Kamala Harris.

A visibly emotional Jones said: “You just cry, because this is someone that you love, this is somebody that you care about.

“This is somebody that was there for you. You wouldn’t be here without him.”

Merrick Garland says Biden ‘stands for the rule of law'

Monday 22 July 2024 00:50 , Gustaf Kilander

Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement on Sunday night that “From the beginning of his tenure, President Biden has made clear in both word and deed that he stands for the rule of law and for the Justice Department’s critical mission to protect the safety and the civil rights of everyone in our country.”

“I am grateful for his leadership and for the enormous respect he has shown for the 115,000 public servants of the Justice Department over the past three and a half years,” he added. “As President Biden has noted, there is critical governing work to be done in the months ahead, and the Justice Department will continue to work tirelessly to uphold the rule of law, keep our country safe, and protect civil rights on behalf of the American people.”

House Democratic leader reacts to Biden dropping out

Monday 22 July 2024 00:30 , Gustaf Kilander

House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries praised President Joe Biden during an appearance on MSNBC on Sunday.

“Joe Biden has been one of the most consequential presidents in American history,” he said. “He rescued the country from a once-in-a-century pandemic, saved the economy from the possibility of recession, and also, of course, was able to preserve our democracy by defeating the former president, the insurrectionist in chief and someone who wants to turn back the clock on the United States of America.”

He added: “He has put people over politics and patriotism over personal position. And this is another heroic act in a long-running series of heroic acts by Joe Biden on behalf of the American people from the moment he was first elected back in 1972 to the United States Senate.”

‘Possible’ Democratic candidates assessing state of race

Monday 22 July 2024 00:10 , Gustaf Kilander

A number of possible Democratic presidential candidates are waiting to see how strongly the party coalesces around Vice President Kamala Harris, according to CNN’s Jake Tapper.

Joe Manchin considering presidential bid: report

Monday 22 July 2024 00:02 , Katie Hawkinson

Senator Joe Manchin, who called for Joe Biden to step down just hours before the president made his decision, may be considering a bid for the Democratic nomination, CNN reports.

The West Virginia senator was a Democrat for several years before declaring himself an Independent this year. The unnamed sources told CNN he would switch back to throw his name in the ring.

American Federation of Teachers endorses Harris

Sunday 21 July 2024 23:49 , Katie Hawkinson

The American Federation of Teachers, a nationwide labor union, has endorsed Kamala Harris’ bid for the 2024 presidency.

“The @aftunion Exec. Council just voted to endorse @KamalaHarris for president, subject to ratification by delegates to the 2024 AFT convention,” AFT President Randi Weingarten wrote on X. “Harris is fighting to restore Roe, fighting for families, for student debt relief and is a powerful advocate for workers.”

Pennsylvania Governor, rumored VP option endorses Harris

Sunday 21 July 2024 23:31 , Katie Hawkinson

Governor Josh Shapiro, who is rumored to be one of Kamala Harris’ options for her running mate, endorsed the vice president’s bid for the Democratic candidacy.

“The best path forward for the Democratic Party is to quickly unite behind Vice President Harris and refocus on winning the presidency,” Shapiro said.

Learn more about Harris’ potential picks for vice president from Eric Garcia.

Trump and Ivanka gave thousands to previous Kamala Harris campaigns – she says she gave the money to charity

Sunday 21 July 2024 23:14 , Josh Marcus

With a potential Donald Trump versus Kamala Harris presidential race on the horizon, a forgotten chapter of their shared political history is resurfacing.

Between 2011 and 2013, Trump actually donated $6,000 to Harris’s campaigns, during her time as California attorney general, which spanned 2011 to 2017.

Ivanka Trump, Trump’s daughter, also gave $2,000 to Harris in 2014, according to records obtained by The Washington Post.

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Trump and Ivanka gave thousands to previous Kamala Harris campaigns

Hunter and Biden family’s tribute to Joe: ‘Unconditional love has been his North Star as president and as parent’

Sunday 21 July 2024 23:10 , Mike Bedigan

Hunter Biden penned an emotional tribute to his father on Sunday, saying that “unconditional love” has served as Joe Biden’s “North Star” during his time as president, following the stunning announcement on Sunday that he has put an end to his re-election campaign.

“He is unique in public life today, in that there is no distance between Joe Biden the man and Joe Biden the public servant of the last 54 years,” he wrote as tributes began to pour in for the president.

First lady Jill Biden and the president’s granddaughter Naomi were among the other Biden family members who spoke out in support of the president’s momentous decision, which comes after plummeting poll numbers and weeks of mounting pressure from prominent Democratic lawmakers and donors.

Biden family rallies around him as he announces his withdrawal from the 2024 election

Watch: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. commends Biden for his ‘long, long’ career in public service

Sunday 21 July 2024 23:10 , Katie Hawkinson

Aides only found out Biden was quitting campaign when they saw statement

Sunday 21 July 2024 23:04 , Andrew Feinberg

After years spent working on his re-election campaign or in his White House, the vast majority of President Joe Biden’s official and campaign staff found out about his historic decision to stand down from the 2024 presidential race the same way most Americans did.

On their phones. From news outlets or by social media.

Biden, the first American president not to accept his party’s nomination for a second term since then-president Lyndon Johnson withdrew from contention ahead of the 1968 election, posted a letter to his “fellow Americans” announcing his decision at 1:46 pm on Sunday, just minutes after he informed senior White House aides in a phone call.

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Aides only found out Biden was quitting campaign when they saw statement

Robert de Niro praises Biden, denounces Trump

Sunday 21 July 2024 22:58 , Katie Hawkinson

Actor Robert de Niro, a vocal opponent of Donald Trump, praised Joe Biden in a recent statement.

“In an act of shrewd politics and selfless patriotism, Joe Biden is stepping aside to clear the path for another Democrat to become president...because there is nothing more important for our country than defeating Donald Trump at the ballot box. With respect, admiration, and affection, thank you Mr President!”

Harris campaign officials, allies already calling delegates: report

Sunday 21 July 2024 22:53 , Katie Hawkinson

Kamala Harris’ campaign staffers, aides and allies are already calling delegates asking them to support her bid for the Democratic nomination, Reuters reports.

“A lot of people are working on it right now,” an unnamed source told the outlet. “She has made clear she will work to earn their support.”

Democratic state party chairs are holding a call this evening to discuss Joe Biden’s decision to leave the race, according to Reuters’ White House Correspondent Nandita Bose. Tennessee has already pledged 77 delegates for Harris, Bose reports.

The party’s nominee will be officially chosen at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, scheduled for August 19-22.

Learn more about the process of finding a new candidate from Eric Garcia and Gustaf Kilander:

How does replacing Biden actually work now that he’s dropped out of race?

Kamala Harris viral campaign ad attacking Donald Trump resurfaces after Biden drops out of 2024 presidential race

Sunday 21 July 2024 22:45 , Katie Hawkinson

Kamala Harris viral campaign ad attacking Donald Trump resurfaces

Chair of Congressional Hispanic Caucus speaks with Harris, offers endorsement

Sunday 21 July 2024 22:37 , Katie Hawkinson

Representative Nanette Barragán, a progressive and chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, spoke with the vice president today to offer her endorsement.

“Just spoke to the Vice President to reiterate that I’m all in,” Barragán wrote on X. “Please join me and support Vice President Kamala Harris with a contribution today!”

Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus endorses Harris

Sunday 21 July 2024 22:36 , Katie Hawkinson

Representative Judy Chu, chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, endorsed Kamala Harris for president.

“@VP Harris fights for us all,” Chu wrote on X. “She leads the fight to restore our reproductive freedoms. She stood up for us to fight anti-Asian hate. When a gunman killed 11 people in my hometown of Monterey Park, she was there to support us.”

“I’m proud to endorse @KamalaHarris for President,” the California representative continued.

Hunter Biden speaks out: ‘I love you Dad'

Sunday 21 July 2024 22:28 , Katie Hawkinson

Hunter Biden has spoken out in support of his father, ABC News reports.

“For my entire life, I’ve looked at my dad in awe,” the president’s son said. “How could he suffer so much heartache and yet give so much of whatever remained of his heart to others?”

“That unconditional love has been his North Star as a President, and as a parent,” he continued. “He is unique in public life today, in that there is no distance between Joe Biden the man and Joe Biden the public servant of the last 54 years.”

“I’m so lucky every night I get to tell him I love him, and to thank him. I ask all Americans to join me tonight in doing the same. Thank you, Mr. President. I love you, Dad.”

Joe Biden: A ‘lion of history’ who struck a blow for democracy

Sunday 21 July 2024 22:21 , Richard Hall

Joe Biden entered politics as one of the youngest senators in American history, and he leaves as its oldest president.

Few others have had such a sweeping view of what moves people and power in this country.

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Joe Biden: A ‘lion of history’ who struck a blow for democracy

WATCH: Kamala Harris campaign ad attacking Donald Trump resurfaces

Sunday 21 July 2024 22:16 , Katie Hawkinson

Biden is ending his campaign. What happens next?

Sunday 21 July 2024 22:14 , Alex Woodward

President Joe Biden will not be the Democratic Party’s nominee to face Donald Trump in 2024.

So who is?

All eyes will be on Democratic officials, poll results, major donors and the president himself in an unprecedented shakeup that could reshape the next four to eight years of American politics.

President Biden is endorsing Vice President Kamala Harris to face their Republican rival, but she is not formally the party’s nominee, and there remains a brief window until the Democratic National Convention in August for other candidates to weigh their chances.

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Biden is ending his campaign. What happens next?

GOP Rep plans to introduce resolution calling for ‘Harris to invoke the 25th Amendment'

Sunday 21 July 2024 22:13 , Katie Hawkinson

GOP Representative Nancy Mace said she will introduce a resolution calling on Kamala Harris to invoke the 25th Amendment and take on President Joe Biden’s duties.

“If Joe Biden does not have the cognitive ability to seek reelection, he does not have the cognitive ability to serve the remainder of his term,” Mace wrote, echoing the same argument many of her Republican colleagues have made.

Biden campaign re-files as Harris campaign

Sunday 21 July 2024 22:04 , Katie Hawkinson

President Joe Biden’s campaign has re-registered with the Federal Election Commission as the “Harris for President committee,” NPR’s Stephen Fowler reports.

This comes just an hour after Vice President Kamala Harris announced her plan to win the Democratic nomination now that Biden has bowed out.

MTG and Boebert gloat over Biden exit with conspiracies and triumphalism

Sunday 21 July 2024 21:55 , Josh Marcus

Republican firebrands Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert joined the GOP pile-on against Joe Biden on Sunday, after the president shocked Washington and announced he would drop out of the 2024 presidential race.

Georgia congresswoman Greene described Biden’s decision to drop out in predictably conspiratorial terms.

“There’s a soft civil war happening in the deep state and the elites in power,” she wrote on X. “The Democrats, the IC, and their activists in the media have been lying to us saying there’s nothing wrong with Biden for years. Next, they start a coup against him demanding he drop out of the race when they couldn’t hide it anymore.”

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MTG and Boebert gloat over Biden exit with conspiracies and triumphalism

Biden still plans to meet with Israeli PM

Sunday 21 July 2024 21:54 , Katie Hawkinson

President Joe Biden still plans to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week, the Associated Press reports.

Netanyahu is also expected to address Congress about Israel’s nine-month war with Hamas. Israeli attacks on Gaza have killed nearly 39,000 people since October 7, when Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israel, killing 1,200 people and taking another 250 hostage.

Read Kamala Harris’s statement in full as she announces her bid for the Democratic nomination

Sunday 21 July 2024 21:47 , Katie Hawkinson

Read Kamala’s statement in full as she announces her bid for Democratic nomination

Anti-Trump Republican Adam Kinzinger predicts high enthusiasm for Harris candidacy

Sunday 21 July 2024 21:43 , Katie Hawkinson

Adam Kinzinger, a former representative and a vocal anti-Trump Republican, said he expects “quite a bit of enthusiasm behind” President Joe Biden’s decision to leave the race.

“First Gen X president possibility, and not a rematch,” Kinzinger said on X. “I expect there will be way more energy behind Kamala than people expect.”

Former GOP representative praises Biden

Sunday 21 July 2024 21:38 , Katie Hawkinson

Former Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney has praised the president and his decision to drop out.

“The framers of our Constitution knew that our republic would endure only if our presidents have the character and honor to put duty ahead of self interest,” Cheney wrote on X. “President Biden deserves our gratitude for his decades of service to our nation and for his courageous decision today.”

Cheney’s argument differs from that of many other Republicans, who say Biden should resign from office now that he has ended his re-election bid.

Biden aides found out their boss is dropping out via X: report

Sunday 21 July 2024 21:35 , Katie Hawkinson

Many White House staffers and campaign aides, some of them at the senior level, found out President Joe Biden will not seek re-election at the same time as the public, Politico reports.

“We’re all finding out by tweet,” one unnamed source told Politico. “None of us understand what’s happening.”

Clintons endorse Kamala Harris

Sunday 21 July 2024 21:31 , Katie Hawkinson

Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have endorsed Kamala Harris as the next Democratic nominee.

“We are honored to join the President in endorsing Vice President Harris and will do whatever we can to support her,” the Clintons said in a statement.

“We’ve lived through many ups and downs, but nothing has made us more worried for our country than the threat posed by a second Trump term,” they continued. “He has promised to be a dictator on day one, and the recent ruling by his servile Supreme Court will only embolden him to further shred the Constitution.”

“Now is the time to support Kamala Harris and fight with everything we’ve got to elect her.”

JD Vance attacks Kamala Harris in social media post

Sunday 21 July 2024 21:27 , Katie Hawkinson

Senator JD Vance, Donald Trump’s running mate, has already begun launching attacks against Vice President Kamala Harris as she prepares to seek the Democratic nomination.

“Joe Biden has been the worst President in my lifetime and Kamala Harris has been right there with him every step of the way,” Vance wrote on X. “Over the last four years she co-signed Biden’s open border and green scam policies that drove up the cost of housing and groceries.”

“She owns all of these failures, and she lied for nearly four years about Biden’s mental capacity--saddling the nation with a president who can’t do the job,” he continued.

Does Kamala Harris have what it takes to beat Trump?

Sunday 21 July 2024 21:24 , Andrew Feinberg

With Joe Biden’s stunning announcement that he would not seek re-election nearly one month after his troubling debate performance against Donald Trump, Vice President Kamala Harris has emerged as a surprisingly strong potential challenger to the ex-president.

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Does Kamala Harris have what it takes to beat Trump?

Who could be Kamala Harris’s running mate now that Biden has dropped out of the race?

Sunday 21 July 2024 21:22 , Katie Hawkinson

Kamala Harris, who said on Sunday afternoon she needs to vie for the Democratic nomination, now needs a running mate.

Learn more about the likely candidates from The Independent’s Eric Garcia:

Who could be Kamala Harris’s running mate?

Watch: Biden allies pay tribute to president as he suspends 2024 campaign

Sunday 21 July 2024 21:14 , Katie Hawkinson

Kamala Harris says she plans to ‘win this nomination'

Sunday 21 July 2024 21:08 , Katie Hawkinson

Vice President Kamala Harris has released her first statement since President Joe Biden dropped out of the race.

“I am honored to have the President’s endorsement and my intention is to earn and win this nomination,” the vice president said. “Over the past year, I have traveled across the country, talking with Americans about the clear choice in this momentous election. And that is what I will continue to do in the days and weeks ahead.”

The Democratic National Committee said they will announce the plan to name a new nominee in the coming days.

“I will do everything in my power to unite the Democratic Party—and unite our nation—to defeat Donald Trump and his extreme Project 2025 agenda,” Harris continued.

Barack Obama praises Biden’s decision but does not endorse Harris

Sunday 21 July 2024 21:06 , Katie Hawkinson

Former president Barack Obama praised President Joe Biden’s decision to “pass the torch” to another candidate ahead of November.

“I also know Joe has never backed down from a fight. For him to look at the political landscape and decide that he should pass the torch to a new nominee is surely one of the toughest in his life,” Obama said.

“We will be navigating uncharted waters in the days ahead,” he continued. “But I have extraordinary confidence that the leaders of our party will be able to create a process from which an outstanding nominee emerges.”

Obama had privately supported Biden dropping out of the race, according to media reports over the last week.

Read the former president’s full statement here:

Harris will have access to Biden’s campaign funds

Sunday 21 July 2024 20:59 , Katie Hawkinson

President Joe Biden has endorsed Vice President Kamala Harris as his successor after dropping out of the 2024 race.

If Harris launches a presidential campaign, she will have access to Biden’s campaign funds. This is because they registered their campaign under both names, the Associated Press reports.

Donors also don’t have the right to a refund automatically, according to the AP. While some donors could sue, legal experts told the outlet they would almost certainly not succeed.

Trump super PAC begins airing anti-Harris ads

Sunday 21 July 2024 20:49 , Katie Hawkinson, Alex Woodward

MAGA Inc., a Super PAC supporting Donald Trump, said they will begin airing an attack ad against Kamala Harris “ASAP” in Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, and Pennsylvania.

Watch the ad here:

How does replacing Biden actually work now that he’s dropped out of race?

Sunday 21 July 2024 20:37 , Eric Garcia, Gustaf Kilander

Following weeks of pressure and speculation, Joe Biden announced in a letter on Sunday, July 21, that he would drop out of the race for the White House and was backing his vice president, Kamala Harris, to take his place.

Following a disastrous debate performance against Donald Trump on June 27, when he appeared confused and frail, made several gaffes, and lost his train of thought, more than 30 Democratic lawmakers publicly called for him to end his candidacy in favor of a younger candidate. Senior voices behind the scenes – like Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer – were said to be encouraging him to step aside.

Insiders had previously told The Independent that they believed there was “no question” Vice President Kamala Harris would receive the baton if and when Biden chose not to run in November.

How does replacing Biden actually work now that he’s dropped out of race?

Senator Bernie Sanders, who did not call for Biden to drop out, praises the president

Sunday 21 July 2024 20:33 , Katie Hawkinson

Senator Bernie Sanders, an Independent representing Vermont, commented on Biden dropping out of the race.

“Joe Biden has served our country with honor and dignity,” Sanders wrote on X.

“As the first president to ever walk on a picket line with striking workers, he has been the most pro-working class president in modern American history,” he continued. “Thank you, Mr. President, for all you’ve done.”

Nancy Pelosi, after reportedly telling Biden he can’t win, praises the president’s leadership

Sunday 21 July 2024 20:23 , Katie Hawkinson

Representative Nancy Pelosi, after reportedly telling President Joe Biden he can’t win in November, praised his leadership after dropping out of the 2024 race.

“President Joe Biden is a patriotic American who has always put our country first,” Pelosi said. “His legacy of vision, values and leadership make him one of the most consequential Presidents in American history.”

Earlier this week, CNN reported that the senior Democrat told the president over the phone that polling indicates he could not beat Donald Trump come November. Pelosi was reportedly a major player in the campaign to pressure Biden to bow out of the race.

“With love and gratitude to President Biden for always believing in the promise of America and giving people the opportunity to reach their fulfillment,” Pelosi continued. “God blessed America with Joe Biden’s greatness and goodness.”

DNC Chair says org will announce plan to find new nominee

Sunday 21 July 2024 20:19 , Katie Hawkinson

Democratic National Committee Chair Jaime Harrison said the public will soon hear from leadership on the plan to name a new presidential candidate.

“The American people owe President Biden an enormous debt of gratitude for the unparalleled progress he has delivered over the last four years – and we will honor that legacy, and the decision that he has made today, through a firm commitment to nominating and electing a Democratic president this November who will carry that torch into the next four years,” Harrison wrote.

“The work that we must do now, while unprecedented, is clear. In the coming days, the Party will undertake a transparent and orderly process to move forward as a united Democratic Party with a candidate who can defeat Donald Trump in November,” he continued. “This process will be governed by established rules and procedures of the Party. Our delegates are prepared to take seriously their responsibility in swiftly delivering a candidate to the American people.”

“Democrats are prepared and united in our resolve to win in November. As we move forward to formally select our Party’s nominee, our values as Democrats remain the same – lowering costs, restoring freedom, protecting the rights of all people, and saving our democracy from the threat of dictatorship. We have and will continue to make this case to the American people.”

“In short order, the American people will hear from the Democratic Party on next steps and the path forward for the nomination process.”

JD Vance says Biden should resign after dropping out of race

Sunday 21 July 2024 20:07 , Katie Hawkinson

Senator JD Vance, Donald Trump’s running mate, said just hours ago that Joe Biden should resign from the presidency if he drops out of the 2024 race.

“If Joe Biden ends his reelection campaign, how can he justify remaining President? Not running for reelection would be a clear admission that President Trump was right all along about Biden not being mentally fit enough to serve as Commander-in-Chief,” Vance said on X ahead of Biden’s announcement this afternoon.

Other GOP lawmakers, including Senator Josh Hawley and Senator Marsha Blackburn, made similar calls for Biden to resign today.

Biden shares donation link to Kamala Harris’ campaign

Sunday 21 July 2024 19:58 , Katie Hawkinson

President Joe Biden encouraged Democrats to donate to Vice President Kamala Harris after endorsing her as the next presidential nominee.

The donation site reads, “Donate to Elect Kamala Harris.”

Kamala Harris, unburdened by what has been, now free to run for president

Sunday 21 July 2024 19:55 , Richard Hall, Andrew Feinberg and Eric Garcia

Kamala Harris, unburdened by what has been, can finally see what can be.

“My very first decision as the party nominee in 2020 was to pick Kamala Harris as my Vice President. And it’s been the best decision I’ve made,” wrote President Joe Biden on X, shortly after announcing he would not run for reelection. “Today I want to offer my full support and endorsement for Kamala to be the nominee of our party this year. Democrats — it’s time to come together and beat Trump. Let’s do this.”

With the departure of Biden, Harris is now the party’s presumptive nominee (although others may throw their hats in the ring) and this year’s presidential election has been turned upside down.

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Biden’s brother gives insight into president’s decision

Sunday 21 July 2024 19:51 , Katie Hawkinson

Frank Biden, Joe Biden’s youngest brother, gave ABC News insight into the president’s announcement.

The president’s brother said the decision “boils down” to his “overall health and vitality.” Frank Biden also said the president was concerned about “beating this genuine threat to our nation in the form of Donald Trump.”

Watch: Biden announces he will stand down from 2024 presidential election

Sunday 21 July 2024 19:47 , Katie Hawkinson

Speaker of the House calls for Biden to leave White House, says Democrats ‘forced’ him off the ballot

Sunday 21 July 2024 19:40 , Katie Hawkinson

Speaker of the House Mike Johnson, a Republican from Louisiana, called for President Joe Biden to resign from his office after leaving the race.

“If Joe Biden is not fit to run for President, he is not fit to serve as President,” Johnson said. “He must resign the office immediately. November 5 cannot arrive soon enough.”

The speaker said Democrats “forced” Biden off the ballot.

“The Democrat Party forced the Democrat nominee off the ballot, just over 100 days before the election,” he continued. “Having invalidated the votes of more than 14 million Americans who selected Joe Biden to be the Democrat nominee for president, the self-proclaimed ‘party of democracy’ has proven exactly the opposite.”

37 Democratic and Independent lawmakers publicly called for Biden to step down ahead of his announcement this afternoon.

Trump reacts to Biden 2024 exit, calling him ‘worst president’ and claims Harris will be easier to beat

Sunday 21 July 2024 19:37 , Katie Hawkinson

Trump reacts to Biden 2024 exit, calling him ‘worst president’ and claims Harris will be easier to beat

After Joe Biden announced on Sunday he will bow out of the 2024 presidential election, Donald Trump claimed the Democrat will go “down as the single worst president by far in the history of our country” in an interview with CNN.

Trump also took to Truth Social, saying Biden was “not fit to run for President.”

“We will suffer greatly because of his presidency, but we will remedy the damage he has done very quickly,” Trump wrote.

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VOICES: If Biden had dropped out sooner, it could have all worked out – for him and for us

Sunday 21 July 2024 19:28 , Holly Baxter

It could’ve all been so different.

Joe Biden has announced that he is dropping out of the race, limping to the finish line after weeks of speculation. Everyone saw the concerning debate performance. They saw the interviews that were supposed to reassure us all, and were not reassured.

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Chuck Schumer praises Biden’s decision to drop out

Sunday 21 July 2024 19:25 , Katie Hawkinson

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer praised Biden’s decision to exit the 2024 race.

“Joe Biden has not only been a great president and a great legislative leader but he is a truly amazing human being,” Schumer said. “His decision of course was not easy, but he once again put his country, his party, and our future first.”

“Joe, today shows you are a true patriot and great American.”

Schumer reportedly expressed his concerns in private to the president ahead of this announcement.

Trump reacts to Biden dropping out

Sunday 21 July 2024 19:23 , Katie Hawkinson

Former president Donald Trump told CNN Biden will “down as the single worst president by far in the history of our country” moments after the president announced he will end his re-election bid.

Trump also told CNN he thinks it will be easier to defeat Vice President Kamala Harris, who Biden endorsed as the next Democratic nominee.

Read Joe Biden’s letter in full as he announces he’s dropping out of 2024 presidential race

Sunday 21 July 2024 19:21 , Katie Hawkinson

Read Joe Biden’s letter in full as he announces he’s dropping out of 2024 race

Biden endorses Kamala Harris

Sunday 21 July 2024 19:17 , Katie Hawkinson

President Joe Biden has endorsed his vice president, Kamala Harris, to replace him as the 2024 Democratic candidate.

“My fellow Democrats, I have decided not to accept the nomination and to focus all my energies on my duties as President for the remainder of my term,” the president wrote in a follow-up announcement on X. “My very first decision as the party nominee in 2020 was to pick Kamala Harris as my Vice President. And it’s been the best decision I’ve made.”

“Today I want to offer my full support and endorsement for Kamala to be the nominee of our party this year. Democrats — it’s time to come together and beat Trump. Let’s do this.”

Full text: Biden announces he is leaving 2024 race

Sunday 21 July 2024 19:10 , Katie Hawkinson

Joe Biden’s letter announcing he will not seek reelection (Joe Biden/X)
Joe Biden’s letter announcing he will not seek reelection (Joe Biden/X)

GOP lawmakers react to Biden bowing out, call for him to leave White House

Sunday 21 July 2024 19:08 , Katie Hawkinson

President Joe Biden announced he will not seek re-election in 2024 on Sunday — and within minutes, GOP lawmakers published their reactions on social media.

Many lawmakers are calling for Biden to leave the White House as well.

Finally, Joe Biden has realized what the rest of the American people and even his own party already knew—he is not only the wrong leader for America, but is wholly incapable of doing the job of President of the United States,” Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn said on X.

“If Joe is too weak to stay in the race for the presidency, he should resign as our Commander-in-Chief immediately,” she continued.

Senator Josh Hawley made a similar statement: “Then RESIGN your office. If you can’t run a mere political campaign, you can’t be President.”

“If he were stepping down from both the presidency and his candidacy, he could more credibly argue that he’s doing this because of health and age,” Senator Mike Lee of Utah wrote on X. “But stepping down from one and not the other feels like cheating.”

Biden’s granddaughter praises the president

Sunday 21 July 2024 19:05 , Katie Hawkinson

Naomi Biden reacted to her grandfather’s decision to drop out of the 2024 race on X.

“I’m nothing but proud today of my Pop, our President, Joe Biden, who has served our country with every bit of his soul and with unmatched distinction,” she wrote. “Not only has he been—and will continue to be—the most effective president of our lifetime, but he has likely already cemented himself as the most effective and impactful public servant in our nation’s history.”

Joe Biden announces he is ‘standing down’ in 2024 election

Sunday 21 July 2024 18:54 , Katie Hawkinson

President Joe Biden has announced he is “standing down” as the Democratic candidate.

“While it has been my intention seek reelection, I believe it is in the best interest of my party and the country for me to stand down and to focus solely on fulfilling my duties as President for the remainder of my term.”

He will address the nation later this week.

Read his full address: