JD Vance rallies voters in his hometown hours after Biden exits presidential race


Donald Trump’s pick for vice president, JD Vance, hit the campaign trail on Monday, less than 24 hours after President Biden announced he was dropping out of the race for a second term in office.

Vance began his day hosting a campaign rally in his hometown of Middletown, Ohio, where he linked Vice President Kamala Harris to the “worst president in history,” and said that he was just as shocked as most people were to hear the news that he was dropping out of the presidential race. 

“You know, I was hanging out with my kids yesterday. We were actually at the swimming pool, and somebody brought over their phone and showed me the news that Joe Biden had announced he was dropping out of this race. And look, I don’t like Joe Biden and I don’t like his policies. And I’m not a Democrat primary voter. I never have been, and I never will be unless this goes really wrong, ladies and gentlemen,” Vance recalled.

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Vice President Kamala Harris and Republican vice presidential nominee JD Vance. (Getty Images)

“I imagine most of you did not vote for Joe Biden. If you did, welcome aboard. We’re glad to have you,” Vance said.

Vance went on stating that what is happening now is a threat to democracy.

“The idea of selecting the Democrat Party’s nominee because George Soros and Barack Obama and a couple of elite Democrats got in a smoke-filled room and decided to throw Joe Biden overboard. That is not how it works. That is a threat to democracy, not the Republican Party, which is fighting for democracy every single day,” Vance said. 

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Senator JD Vance speaks during the Republican National Convention

Senator JD Vance, a Republican from Ohio and Republican vice-presidential nominee, speaks during the Republican National Convention (RNC) at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US, on Wednesday, July 17, 2024.  (Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Vance continued saying that he really believes that most Americans are fundamentally good, whether they’re Democrat, Republican or independent.

“So my message to Democrats who are disgusted by this process because of how anti-democratic it is. You are welcome in the Republican Party, where we think we should persuade voters and not lie to voters. Come on in. The water’s warm,” Vance said.

While speaking to the crowd, Vance acknowledged Michigan being a battleground state and said that he could not give the state of Michigan any reason to vote against the Trump-Vance ticket and would work hard for every single vote. 

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Senator JD Vance, a Republican from Ohio and Republican vice-presidential nominee, at a walkthrough during the Republican National Convention (RNC) at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US, on Tuesday, July 16, 2024.   (Hannah Beier/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

‘While my life wasn’t all that different from a lot of people who grew up in Middletown, Ohio, it was tough, but it was surrounded by loving people, and it was surrounded by something that, if we don’t fight, is not going to be around for the next generation of kids. And that’s opportunity. Middletown had an opportunity, and we got to make sure it’s there for the next generation,” Vance said. 

Vance also shared the moment Trump called to ask him to be his running mate and shared why it was the right opportunity for him and his family to take. 

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“So I had no idea what was coming. And when the president called me and asked me. He said, ‘Would you like to run as my vice presidential running mate?’ I said, ‘Well, yeah, of course’,” Vance shared. “But he did something that was really amazing. Afterwards, he said, ‘What do you think about the statement I’m about to put out?’ Of course, he put it out on social media. It’s one of the things I love about President Trump is that he speaks directly to people. He doesn’t allow a bunch of consultants to filter him. He is who he is. And that’s why a lot of us love him.”

Vance is set to hold another rally in Radford, Virginia, on Monday evening. 



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Cruz warns against underestimating Harris: Dems pitching her as ‘Mother Teresa, Oprah, and Gandhi’ combo


Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz warned Republicans against underestimating Vice President Kamala Harris as she emerges as the top contender for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president.

“Republicans, I worry, vastly underestimate Kamala Harris. They don’t think very highly of her. They don’t think she’s terribly bright. When you or I bring up Kamala Harris’ name in Republican circles, people laugh. It’s immediately a punchline,” Cruz said Monday on his podcast “Verdict with Ted Cruz.” 

Cruz warned against Republicans preemptively celebrating a Trump-Vance win months out from the election, arguing Democrats and the media will promote Harris as an “historic” candidate. 

“I think people are underestimating what billions of dollars of free media, of the entire corrupt corporate media complex, pitching her as a combination of Mother Teresa, Oprah and Gandhi,” Cruz said. 

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Sen. Ted Cruz addresses a news conference on Capitol Hill, Oct. 6, 2021. (Reuters/Evelyn Hockstein/File Photo)

“I still think Trump wins in November, but this is not a layup. It is not given.… If you’re a Democrat, what makes you nervous is chaos, and this much chaos 100 days out is scary. But you know what? Even more scary is going to an election where you’re almost certain to lose, which is where Biden was,” he continued. 

President Biden announced Sunday afternoon on X that he was bowing out of the presidential race, which was quickly followed by him endorsing his vice president to run in his place. 

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“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,” Biden said in a follow-up social media post endorsing Harris. 

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Vice President Kamala Harris held her first public address Monday since Biden’s announcement, praising Biden for his decades in government. (Reuters/Hannah Beier)

The vice president held her first public address Monday since Biden’s announcement, praising Biden for his decades in government. 

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“I am a firsthand witness that every day our President Joe Biden fights for the American people and we are deeply, deeply grateful for his service to our nation,” she said Monday from the South Lawn of the White House during an event celebrating NCAA athletes. 

“Celebrate after Election Day. Celebrate after we’ve won. Now is not the time for celebration. Now is the time for hard work.”

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Vice President Kamala Harris and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (Getty Images)

Harris is not yet the official nominee of her party, as the DNC must first certify her – or another potential candidate – next month. 

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President Biden delivers remarks on the assassination attempt on former President Trump, at the White House on July 14, 2024. ( Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

Former President Trump officially became the nominee of the Republican Party last week after announcing Ohio. Sen. JD Vance as his running mate. Cruz said the RNC, which was held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was the “best” he’s attended in all his years in politics. However, he remarked it was concerning to see some in the GOP were “overconfident” that Trump has an election win locked. 

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Former President Trump arrives on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, July 18, 2024. (Reuters/Cheney Orr)

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“I was very worried at the convention,” Cruz said. “… I am afraid people were overconfident at the convention. There was an air of celebration. It was, ‘We’ve won. We’re on to victory. This is a landslide. Trump’s coming back in. We’ve got a huge Republican majority.'”

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“In my view, and I was trying to say this, ‘Look, there’s a time for celebration. Celebrate after Election Day. Celebrate after we’ve won. Now is not the time for celebration. Now is the time for hard work.'”

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House GOP demands Secret Service director face accountability in new resolution: ‘Must be fired now’


FIRST ON FOX: House Republicans are pushing a new resolution demanding that U.S. Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle be fired over the failed assassination attempt against former President Trump.

Rep. Nick Langworthy, R-N.Y., unveiled the legislation Monday during a tense hearing on Capitol Hill where both Republicans and Democrats expressed frustration with Cheatle’s lack of candor in her answers. It’s already gotten support from a number of House Oversight Committee Republicans.

Langworthy told Fox News Digital that Cheatle “must be held accountable for the unacceptable failure to keep President Trump and rallygoers safe on July 13th.”

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Kimberly Cheatle, director of the United States Secret Service, during a House Oversight and Accountability Committee hearing in Washington, DC, US, on Monday, July 22, 2024 (Tierney L. Cross/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

“In our Oversight hearing today, she did nothing but dodge questions and deflect blame. Corey Comperatore is dead because of this failure of the Secret Service. The American people deserve transparency and competence from their leaders, especially those tasked with the critical responsibility of protecting our nation’s highest office. She must be fired now,” Langworthy said.

It comes amid mounting calls for the Secret Service director to leave her role after a 20-year-old gunman was able to open fire on Trump’s rally in Butler, Pennsylvania from a rooftop just outside the event perimeter. One attendee died and two others were injured.

Trump himself was shot in the ear and was evacuated offstage by Secret Service agents.

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Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump is rushed offstage during a rally on July 13, 2024 in Butler, Pennsylvania.  (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

Demands for Cheatle to be relieved of her duties have come primarily from the right, though on Sunday, Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-Pa., the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee, also urged her to step down.

“I’m very sorry to reach this conclusion: I have no confidence in the leadership of the United States Secret Service. I hereby call on Kimberly Cheatle to resign,” Boyle said. 

Democrats have also stepped out of Cheatle’s ongoing hearing on Monday to vent about answers they found insufficient during the all-day hearing.

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“If she continues to evade fairly simple and direct questions…I think she makes the case for her continuation much more problematic,” Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., told reporters.

Progressive Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., on Monday called for Cheatle to resign during the Secret Service director’s hearing, saying, “If you have an assassination attempt on a president or a former president or a candidate, you need to resign.”

Fox News Digital reached out to the Secret Service for comment.



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Vance hits campaign trail as Harris team scrambles to consolidate Dem support


JD Vance, the Republican senator from Ohio newly tapped as former President Trump’s running mate, is hitting the campaign trail on Monday, as Vice President Harris’ team scrambles to consolidate support from Democrats a day after President Biden bowed out of the race. 

Vance, who Trump a week ago named as his vice presidential pick on the heels of surviving an assassination attempt in Butler, Pennsylvania, is scheduled to hold a campaign rally in his hometown of Middletown, Ohio, on Monday afternoon. Later Monday evening, Vance is to hold another rally in Radford, Virginia. 

For the first time since Biden announced he would no longer seek re-election, Harris spoke at the White House Monday morning during an event honoring NCAA college athletes. 

“Our president, Joe Biden wanted to be here today. He is feeling much better and recovering fast, and he looks forward to getting back on the road,” Harris said at the start of her remarks. “And I wanted to say a few words about our president. Joe Biden’s legacy of accomplishment over the past three years is unmatched in modern history.”

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Harris, who recalled first getting to know Biden through his late son, Beau, championed the president’s “honesty, his integrity, his commitment to his faith and his family, his big heart and his love, deep love of our country.” She said she is a “firsthand witness that every day our president, Joe Biden, fights for the American people. And we are deeply, deeply grateful for his service to our nation.”

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The Republican vice presidential candidate, Sen. JD Vance, speaks during a campaign rally on July 20, 2024, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

Biden, who has been self-isolating in Rehoboth, Delaware, after testing positive for COVID-19 last week, dropped the bombshell announcement Sunday that he would no longer seek re-election. In a letter shared online, Biden endorsed Harris as the Democratic nominee and said he would focus on his duties for the remainder of his term. He still has not been seen publicly since making the announcement.

Reuters reported that campaign officials have already made hundreds of calls on Harris’ behalf insisting that delegates name her the Democrats’ presidential nominee during next month’s Democratic National Convention in Chicago. 

Trump and Vance at the RNC

Former President Trump and Sen. JD Vance appear on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 15, 2024, in Milwaukee. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat once viewed as a potential rival to Biden, said in an X post Monday that she endorses Harris. Another Democrat, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, said during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that he too endorses Harris as president and signaled interest in potentially joining her ticket as vice presidential running mate.

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Harris released a statement Sunday after Biden stepped aside. 

“My intention is to earn and win this nomination,” Harris said. “I will do everything in my power to unite the Democratic Party – and unite our nation – to defeat Donald Trump.”

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Vice President Kamala Harris speaks from the South Lawn of the White House, Monday, July 22, 2024, during an event with NCAA college athletes. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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Sources told Reuters that the Trump campaign has been preparing for Harris’ possible entry into the race for weeks, as increasing numbers of Democratic lawmakers and donors called on Biden to step aside following his stumbling and stalled debate performance in Atlanta last month. 



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Harris ripped for resurfaced claims praising Biden’s fitness amid age concerns: ‘Complicit in a coverup’


Vice President Kamala Harris, who recently became the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination for president after President Biden stepped down on Sunday, is facing renewed criticism for dismissing concerns about Biden’s health in recent months.

“We have a very bold and vibrant president in Joe Biden,” Harris told “Good Morning America” in February amid concerns about Biden’s health.

Also in February, Harris insisted, “Our president is in good shape, in good health, and is ready to lead in our second term.”

“It is important we not be seduced into one of the only arguments that that side of the aisle has right now on [Biden’s cognitive decline] in a way that is intended to distract!” Harris said in November 2023. That same month, Harris said, “Age is more than a chronological fact … Not only is he absolutely authoritative in rooms around the globe, but in the Oval Office.”

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President Biden dropped out of the 2024 race and endorsed Vice President Kamala Harris on Sunday. (Getty Images)

“Joe Biden is gonna be fine,” the vice president assured the public in September 2023.

“I’m ready, if necessary, but it’s not gonna be necessary,” Harris said in March.

The clips of Harris defending Biden resurfaced this week after the president announced roughly a month after his widely panned debate performance that he would in fact drop out of the race.

“She lied,” conservative communicator Steve Guest posted on X on Sunday. “Kamala is complicit in a coverup.”

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Vice President Kamala Harris speaks during the conclusion of the Investing in America tour at Coppin State University in Baltimore on July 14, 2023. (SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

“Make no mistake – Kamala Harris wanted the nomination without a primary,” former acting Director of the United States National Intelligence Ric Grenell posted on X. “She lied to the public about Joe’s actual health up until the last minute when a primary would be too late. She knew all along.”

Sen. JD Vance, the Republican nominee for vice president, wrote on X that Harris “lied for nearly four years about Biden’s mental capacity–saddling the nation with a president who can’t do the job.”

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Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at a roundtable about accessibility in public transportation.

“Kamala Harris lied to Americans for four years that Joe Biden was able to serve, sharp as a tack, fit as a fiddle,” GOP Sen. Tom Cotton posted on X. “Now, she has to answer: if Joe Biden isn’t fit to run for president, do you believe that he’s fit to continue serving as president?”

“The cover up of Biden’s condition by Democrats and the media will go down as one of the biggest scandals in American history,” GOP Congressman Darrell Issa posted on X. 

Fox News Digital reached out to Harris’s office for comment but did not receive a response.



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Biden still hasn’t been seen since bombshell 2024 announcement, as COVID isolation continues


President Biden has not been seen publicly since a letter was released announcing that he would no longer seek re-election and is endorsing Vice President Harris to replace him as the Democrats’ nominee. 

In a letter released on X Sunday, Biden said he believes it is in the “best interest of my party and the country for me to stand down and focus solely on fulfilling my duties as President for the remainder of my term,” adding, “I will speak to the Nation later this week in more detail about by decision.” 

According to the president’s public schedule, Biden was at his house in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, at the time the letter was sent out on social media, though he had no public appearances scheduled that day. The same goes for Monday, when his public schedule shows Biden at 10 a.m. ET will receive his daily briefing, which is closed to the press, with no public events currently scheduled.

The White House has yet to release additional details about Biden’s schedule for the rest of the week.

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President Biden speaks at the 115th NAACP National Convention in Las Vegas on Tuesday, July 16, 2024. (AP Photo/David Becker)

Last week, Biden began to self-isolate after reportedly testing positive for COVID-19. He was last seen publicly deplaning in Delaware on July 17.

In a letter updating the status of 81-year-old Biden’s medical condition on Friday, the physician to the president, Dr. Kevin O’Connor, wrote that Biden “completed his sixth dose of PAXLOVID this morning.”

Biden “is still experiencing a loose, non-productive cough and hoarseness, but his symptoms continue to improve steadily,” O’Connor wrote in the letter released by the White House. 

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“His pulse, blood pressure, respiratory rate and temperature remain absolutely normal,” the doctor said. “His oxygen saturation continues to be excellent on room air. His lungs remain clear.” 

The doctor said Biden has the KP .2.3 variant, which accounts for approximately 33.3% of new infections in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

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The White House is seen in Washington, D.C., on July 21, 2024. President Biden dropped out of the presidential election and endorsed Vice President Kamala Harris as the Democratic Party’s new nominee. (SAMUEL CORUM/AFP via Getty Images)

“The President continues to tolerate treatment well and will continue PAXLOVID as planned,” the letter says. “He continues to perform all his presidential duties.” 

A person familiar with Biden’s schedule confirmed to The Associated Press on Sunday that Biden will host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House this week. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment publicly, said the exact timing of the meeting has not been established because Biden is recovering from COVID-19.

Netanyahu on Monday left for Washington, D.C., where he is expected to deliver a speech before Congress at a time of great uncertainty following Biden’s withdrawal from the presidential race. The prime minister is scheduled to address Congress on Wednesday. He is also expected to meet with Harris.

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President Biden exits St. Edmond’s Catholic Church after attending Mass in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, on Saturday, July 13, 2024. Biden left the church approximately 8 minutes after former President Trump was shot at a rally in Butler, Pennsylvania. (Leigh Green for Fox News Digital)

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Before stepping on the plane, Netanyahu said he would emphasize the theme of Israel’s bipartisanship in his speech and said Israel would remain America’s key ally in the Middle East “regardless who the American people choose as their next president,” the AP reported. 

“In this time of war and uncertainty, it’s important that Israel’s enemies know that America and Israel stand together,” he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 



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Bipartisan commission to study Trump assassination attempt teed up for House vote


The House of Representatives is expected to vote this week on establishing a bipartisan commission to study the attempted assassination of former President Trump during a campaign rally earlier this month.

House GOP leaders noticed a bill late Sunday that would create the investigative panel, which would be comprised of five Democrats and six Republicans. 

A 20-year-old gunman opened fire at Trump’s July 13 rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, killing one attendee and injuring two others. Trump himself was shot in the ear and rushed offstage by Secret Service agents.

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Republican presidential candidate former President Trump is rushed offstage during a rally on July 13, 2024 in Butler, Pennsylvania. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

Law enforcement’s handling of the situation has since faced a mountain of scrutiny, particularly the U.S. Secret Service, whose director is under bipartisan pressure to resign from her post.

House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., is the highest ranking elected official so far who is calling for Director Kimberly Cheatle’s resignation. He told Fox News Digital last week during the Republican National Convention that he planned to assemble an investigatory panel early this week and hoped for answers soon.

“The idea of a task force is that we can have sort of a precision group or unit that goes to work on this immediately. It’ll be bipartisan and will have subpoena authority. I think that’s going to be very important to get the answers as quickly as possible,” Johnson said on Thursday.

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House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., promised to create a task force to study the shooting. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The legislation is led by Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., who was in attendance when the attempted assassination took place. He also represents the district where the rally was located.

The bill is slated to get a vote under suspension of the rules, meaning it will bypass normal procedural hurdles in exchange for raising the threshold for passage to two-thirds of the chamber instead of a simple majority. That likely will not be an issue for passage, however. The assassination attempt and political violence in general were widely condemned by members of both parties immediately in the shooting’s wake.

Fox News Digital reached out to House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., to ask whether he supported the commission’s creation.

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Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle is under pressure to resign. (KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-Pa., became the first Congressional Democrat to call for Cheatle to resign over the weekend.

“I am calling on Director Cheatle to resign immediately following last weekend’s shooting of a Presidential candidate in Western Pennsylvania,” Boyle said in a statement on Saturday.

“The evidence coming to light has shown unacceptable operational failures,” he continued. “I have no confidence in the leadership of the United States Secret Service if Director Cheatle chooses to remain in her position.”

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The news comes as Cheatle is testifying on Capitol Hill before the House Oversight Committee on Monday morning, in what is expected to be a tense back-and-forth between herself and a panel that houses top Trump allies like Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga.

The House Republicans’ probe is ongoing in addition to an independent review directed over the weekend by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.



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Fox News Power Rankings: Is Kamala Harris unburdened by what has been?


President Biden’s decision to stand down from re-election offers Democrats an unprecedented opportunity to reset this election.

At this hour, Vice President Kamala Harris is the most likely nominee.

Many party leaders have endorsed her candidacy, and no other candidate with an appreciable chance of winning the nomination is running.

Harris is known for asking voters to “see what is possible, unburdened by what has been.” Her probable elevation to the top of the ticket allows her party to do that. But it is too early to tell whether she would perform better against former President Trump in the general election than Biden or any other candidate.

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Vice President Kamala Harris confirmed that she will run for the Democratic nomination for president after President Biden’s decision to suspend his re-election campaign. (Chris duMond/Getty Images)

That means Biden’s decision to drop out may have been guided more by his own weakness than Harris’ strength. In the meantime, while Harris is unburdened by age, polls show she is burdened by the administration’s unpopularity.

Expect Harris to hold on to issues Democrats are winning and reposition the party on issues they are losing. The race restarts today.

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Wait for new polls before drawing conclusions about Harris or any other Democratic candidate

Some recent polls have asked voters whether they would support a Democratic candidate other than Biden.

So far, however, poll respondents are being asked to evaluate a hypothetical scenario.

Voters are about to hear a lot more about the new candidate’s strengths and weaknesses.

President Joe Biden

The race was still competitive, with early signs that President Biden was struggling in battleground states. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Other voters will just be getting to know them.

These factors will all impact their standing with the electorate.

Harris is likely to have the least impact on the Democratic ticket’s standing, since her position as vice president means voters are more familiar with her than any other possible candidate.

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However, polls cannot yet show whether her elevation changes the race.

We will know more in a couple of weeks

Even after voters are aware that someone new is the nominee, it will take time to conduct polls and gather enough of them to understand how the race has changed.

Think of this as a three-step process:

  1. Polls must be conducted fully after the news broke; the further from that date they are conducted the more likely they are to capture voters’ informed views of Harris or another candidate.
  2. Pollsters must “get into the field” by designing reliable surveys and collecting responses from their sample of voters over several days. Then they must process and release the results.
  3. Multiple pollsters must release their surveys so analysts can account for outliers. An ideal mix would include national and battleground state polls.

A good rule of thumb is to wait a couple of weeks.

The race was still competitive, with early signs that Biden was struggling in battleground states

Polls conducted after Biden’s fatal debate performance show he was running a close race in national polls.

However, he was beginning to struggle in the most competitive states, narrowing his path to victory.

Biden had support from 46% of registered voters in an average of five post-debate polls, including the Fox News Poll, with Trump at 47%. The margin between them is statistically insignificant. (The polls tested both Biden and Harris against Trump.)

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According to five post-debate national polls, Vice President Kamala Harris ties former President Trump at 47% apiece among registered voters. (JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

In the battleground states, a somewhat clearer picture was emerging.

Biden was locked in a tight battle in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, two crucial rust belt states on his pathway to 270 electoral college votes (NYT/Siena, AARP).

He was also within the margin of error in Georgia, where Black voters held the key to Biden’s 2020 election victory (AJC).

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In Michigan though, another Rust Belt state crucial to his bid, a poll released yesterday showed Trump leading Biden 49% to 42% in a head-to-head matchup; a seven point difference between the two (Detroit Free Press).

Democrats would have been anxious about a recent poll in Virginia that had Biden at 46% to Trump’s 44%, a two point difference that is well within the poll’s margin of sampling error (NYT/Siena). Biden won the state by 10 points in 2020.

Polls are snapshots in time. They do not account for the challenges that Biden would have faced in the final 100 days of the campaign, including another presidential debate and a rigorous campaign schedule, all while serving as leader of the free world.

Polling and these factors all likely played a role in Democrats’ thinking about his re-election odds and Biden’s decision.

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Former President Trump’s influence remains a dominant factor in this election cycle. (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Harris polls about the same as Biden, including among key groups, but she is viewed more favorably

On the surface, Harris’ odds look about the same.

In the same five post-debate national polls, the vice president ties Trump at 47% apiece among registered voters.

That is two points higher than Biden’s number in the same polls.

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Her position is similar across three competitive state polls that tested both Biden and Harris.

In Georgia, Trump is ahead of Harris, 51% to 46%; Harris adds a point on Biden’s number, but overall the gap between the two candidates is wider (AJC).
In Pennsylvania, Trump edges Harris 48% to 46%, a two-point improvement on Biden and within the margin of error (NYT/Siena).
In Virginia, Harris gets 48% versus Trump’s 44%, another two-point improvement on Biden and within the margin of error (NYT/Siena).

These numbers suggest that today, a polarized electorate views Harris similarly to Biden. His values are hers; so are his accomplishments and failures.

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Voters view Vice President Harris more favorably than President Biden. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

There is also no meaningful difference between Biden and Harris’ support with key voter groups in a matchup against Trump. From last week’s Fox News Poll:

  1. Black voters (Biden 69%, Harris 69%)
  2. Women voters (Biden 51%, Harris 52%)
  3. Voters under 30 (Biden 47%, Harris 51%)
  4. Independents (Biden 47%, Harris 48%)
  5. Moderates (Biden 53%, Harris 55%)

(Fox News Poll, July 7-10; MOE: Black ±9, Women ±4, Under 30 ±7.5, Independents ±7, Moderates ±6)

That means, so far, her pathway to 270 electoral college votes looks about the same as Biden’s.

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Voters view Harris more favorably than Biden.

As the same Fox News Poll revealed, 44% of voters have a favorable opinion of Harris, while 54% view her unfavorably. 

Those numbers are similar to Trump’s (-12) and better than Biden’s (-20).

Harris, 59 years old, does not have Biden’s age issue. Voters were already concerned about it before the debate; those concerns exploded after it.

That is likely helping her ratings.

Many unknowns, but new signs of life among Democratic strategists and continuing enthusiasm in the GOP

Again, these results reflect Harris’ current standing, with voters knowing her as the vice president on Biden’s ticket. Her polling, path to 270 and favorability could all change in the weeks ahead.

It is possible, for example, that Democrats will become more enthusiastic about their nominee.

The Democratic fundraising platform ActBlue said yesterday was their “biggest fundraising day of the 2024 cycle,” with Harris raising $47 million since her campaign launch.

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Democratic strategists are also much more enthusiastic about the race than before, though Republicans have been for over a year, and they also seem energized by the news.

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks during an event at Discovery World.

The Democratic fundraising platform ActBlue said yesterday was their “biggest fundraising day of the 2024 cycle,” with Vice President Kamala Harris raising $47 million since her campaign launch. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Other Democrats poll similarly to Harris

July’s Fox News survey also asked about California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, two candidates who the media floated as possible Biden replacements.

(Newsom has endorsed Harris for president, and Whitmer will reportedly do the same).

For both candidates, the race is a dead heat against Trump.

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Democrats had not yet formally nominated Biden, so the existing process allows for a different candidate to compete in the general

No presidential candidate has ever announced that they were not seeking another term this close to Election Day.

However, Democrats have not yet formally nominated Biden, which means they can support a new candidate who will appear on general election ballots in all 50 states.

This week, the party is likely to affirm that their existing nominating process will continue as planned.

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Polls conducted after President Biden’s fatal debate performance show he was running a close race in national polls. (Anna Moneymaker)

Under that process, delegates were awarded to candidates after the primaries earlier this year; almost all of them were pledged to Biden. The only step left is for delegates to formally nominate a candidate in the party’s “roll call vote.”

This is just like the roll call vote that Republicans held at their convention last week.

The candidate who gets a majority of votes from delegates becomes the nominee. Again, it is most likely, but not guaranteed, to be Harris.

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The most pressing question is who she will choose as her running mate. Possible contenders include moderate Govs. Andy Beshear, Roy Cooper and Josh Shapiro.

Democrats must also decide when to hold that roll call vote.

Most recently, the party committee in charge of that process said it would happen in the first seven days of August.

A historic election cycle continues

The Power Rankings forecast was already on hold after Biden’s fatal debate performance and the attempted assassination of former President Trump, another two political earthquakes in this historic election cycle.

Now, Democrats will get to know a new presidential candidate.

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Once the party finalizes its nominating process, it is on to the Democratic National Convention, which begins August 19 in Chicago.

(Convention chair Minyon Moore reaffirmed that date yesterday.)

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Former President Trump previously agreed to a presidential debate with FOX News in October. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Democrats must also soon decide what to do about further presidential debates.

The Biden and Trump campaigns previously agreed to a presidential debate on ABC in September, which, after Biden’s decision, Trump is calling to be held on Fox News. Harris had also agreed to an August vice presidential debate on CBS and Trump to one on Fox News, possibly at an HBCU. Trump also previously agreed to a presidential debate with Fox News in October.

Whatever happens, Fox News has Democracy ’24 covered.

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Embattled Secret Service director to tell top House committee ‘we failed’ to protect Trump


Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle will testify Monday before the House Oversight Committee in a hearing on the circumstances surrounding the attempted assassination of former President Trump – amid intense criticism of her leadership and calls for her to step down.

The House Oversight Committee subpoenaed Cheatle to appear last week as part of an open investigation into the shooting in Butler, Pennsylvania. Trump was shot in the ear, while one attendee was killed and two others injured. 

In a statement, Anthony Guglielmi, chief of communications for the Secret Service, confirmed her attendance on Friday, and ABC News has since reported excerpts of testimony Cheatle is expected to deliver.

“The Secret Service’s solemn mission is to protect our nation’s leaders. On July 13th, we failed,” Cheatle is expected to tell the committee on Monday. “As the Director of the United States Secret Service, I take full responsibility for any security lapse. As an agency, we are fully cooperating with the FBI’s investigation, the oversight you have initiated here, and conducting our own internal mission assurance review at my direction. Likewise, we will cooperate with the pending external review and the DHS Office of the Inspector General.”

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Former President Trump is rushed offstage during a rally on July 13, 2024, in Butler, Pennsylvania. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

In the wake of the shooting, Republicans and some Democrats immediately raised questions about the performance of the agency, including about how a gunman was able to get so close to the former president and fire multiple shots. In his letter to Cheatle, Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., had accused the Secret Service of a lack of transparency in issuing the subpoena.

Comer is expected to tell Cheatle Monday that she should resign.

“Americans demand answers from Director Kimberly Cheatle about the Secret Service’s historic security failures that led to the attempted assassination of President Trump, murder of an innocent victim, and harm to others in the crowd. We look forward to Director Cheatle’s testimony on Monday, July 22 to deliver the transparency and accountability that Americans deserve,” Comer said in response to Cheatle confirming she would testify.

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Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle at a press conference on June 4 in Chicago. (Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP via Getty Images)

In addition to the Oversight Committee hearing, the House Homeland Security committee has called for a hearing and subpoenaed documents from DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. In the Senate, both Homeland Security Committee Chairman Gary Peters, D-Mich., and ranking member Rand Paul, R-Ky., have launched an investigation. The DHS Office of Inspector General is also reviewing the Secret Service’s handling of the rally.

In a preview of the pressure Cheatle may face, she was confronted by multiple Republican senators at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday.

“This was an assassination attempt, you owe the people answers, you owe President Trump answers,” Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., said.

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Cheatle, meanwhile, has called the shooting “unacceptable” and “something that shouldn’t happen again.” She is expected to tell the committee Monday that she will move “heaven and earth” to make sure what happened on July 13 never does again, according to the excerpts obtained by ABC News. 

“Our mission is not political. It is literally a matter of life and death, as the tragic events on July 13th remind us. I have full confidence in the men and women of the Secret Service,” she is expected to tell the committee. “They are worthy of our support in executing our protective mission.”

However, in response to the intense criticism from lawmakers, the Secret Service says she does not intend to resign.

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“Continuity of operations is paramount during a critical incident and U.S. Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle has no intentions to step down,” Guglielmi said. “She deeply respects members of Congress and is fiercely committed to transparency in leading the Secret Service through the internal investigation and strengthening the agency through lessons learned in these important internal and external reviews.”





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Kamala Harris’ presidential campaign raises nearly $50 million since Biden endorsement


Vice President Harris’ presidential campaign has raised nearly $50 million in grassroots donations since President Biden suspended his re-election bid and endorsed her, Fox News Digital has learned. 

“Since the President endorsed Vice President Harris yesterday afternoon, everyday Americans have given $49.6 million in grassroots donations to her campaign,” the Harris campaign told Fox News Digital. 

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The campaign told Fox News Digital that the figure represents grassroots donations raised across “all entities, including ActBlue.” 

Harris announced her presidential campaign Sunday afternoon just after Biden announced he would drop out of the 2024 race, amid pressure from within the Democratic Party. 

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Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at a campaign rally on June 28, 2024, in Las Vegas.  (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

The unprecedented announcement came as an increasing number of Democrat lawmakers had begun to publicly call for Biden to step aside and the party’s leadership reportedly was engaged in efforts to convince Biden, 81, he could not win in November’s general election against former President Trump, the 2024 GOP nominee who Biden defeated four years ago to win the White House.

Biden quickly offered his “full support and endorsement” for Harris to take over as the party’s presidential nominee.

“It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve as your president,” Biden wrote in a public letter. “While it has been my intention to seek reelection, I believe it is in the best interests of my party and the country for me to stand down and focus solely on fulfilling my duties as president for the remainder of my term.”

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US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden step off Air Force One upon arrival at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey on June 29, 2024. Biden is in New Jersey for campaign fundraisers.  ((Photo by Mandel NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images))

Biden said he will formally address the nation later this week about his decision. 

In a social media post, Biden backed Harris to take over as the party’s standard-bearer.

“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,” Biden wrote.

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The president’s endorsement could dissuade any serious completion from other Democrats who may have mulled a bid for the presidential nomination and could clear a path for the vice president to succeed Biden as the party’s nominee.

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President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.  (Getty Images)

Harris has already gained endorsements from more than half a dozen governors, including California Gov. Gavin Newsom and New York Gov. Kathy Hochul; along with more than 178 Democratic lawmakers in the House and Senate. 

Harris, in a statement about two hours after Biden’s announcement, said she is “honored to have the President’s endorsement and my intention is to earn and win this nomination.”

“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,” she added. “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.”

The vice president praised her boss, thanking Biden “for his extraordinary leadership as President of the United States and for his decades of service to our country. His remarkable legacy of accomplishment is unmatched in modern American history, surpassing the legacy of many Presidents who have served two terms in office.”

A source familiar told Fox News that Biden and Harris spoke multiple times on Sunday ahead of the president’s stunning announcement.

Biden’s endorsement of Harris was quickly followed by two top party elders, former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State and former Sen. Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee.

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

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A Biden/Harris campaign sign is seen during a press conference regarding the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol, in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 29, 2024. (RONDA CHURCHILL/AFP via Getty Images)

LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, one of the Biden campaign’s biggest donors, also quickly endorsed Harris.

Former President Obama, however, has not yet endorsed her, and is instead backing a process where an “outstanding” nominee can emerge. 

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

Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama were among the scores of top Democrats praising Biden for putting the nation and the party over personal ambitions.

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“Joe Biden has been one of America’s most consequential presidents, as well as a dear friend and partner to me. Today, we’ve also been reminded — again — that he’s a patriot of the highest order.” the Obamas wrote.

Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer have not yet endorsed Harris. 

Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report. 



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Sen. Ron Johnson releases preliminary findings of his office’s probe into Trump assassination attempt


Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc, released his official 13-page preliminary findings of his office’s investigation into the assassination attempt of former President Trump.

Trump survived the assassination attempt on July 13 at a campaign rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, where alleged gunman Thomas Mathew Crooks, 20, opened fire, killing one spectator and injuring several others, including Trump, who suffered injuries to his ear.

Shortly following the incident, Johnson’s office began contacting federal, state and local government entities, as well as private companies, to solicit information about the security failures at the rally, the senator’s office said. The preliminary findings are based on the initial information Johnson’s office obtained after the shooting.

The senator’s office said he is sharing this information with the public to be transparent.

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Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump is rushed offstage during a rally on July 13, 2024, in Butler, Pennsylvania. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

The preliminary findings determined that the Secret Service did not attend a security briefing given to local SWAT and sniper teams on the morning of July 13, that local law enforcement said communications were siloed and they were not in frequent radio contact directly with the Secret Service, that local law enforcement notified command about Crooks before the shooting and received confirmation that the Secret Service was aware of the notification and that the Secret Service was seen on the roof of the American Glass Research (AGR) building with local law enforcement following the shooting.

The investigation also found that photos of the shooter were sent to the ATF for facial recognition and that local law enforcement said the Secret Service was initially not planning on sending snipers to the rally.

Johnson’s office also provided a timeline of the events on July 13:

9 a.m. — Butler County Emergency Services held a briefing for the local SWAT and Sniper units from Butler County, Beaver County, and Washington County providing security for Trump’s rally. The briefing outlined the security perimeter for the event and areas of responsibility for each local unit as well as staging locations, including sniper locations, for each local unit and the Secret Service.

Attendees of the briefing said no Secret Service or other federal law enforcement were present for the briefing and that the Secret Service initially did not plan to provide sniper units before changing plans for unclear reasons. It is unknown why the Secret Service did not attend the briefing.

9:27 a.m. — Crooks enters a Home Depot in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania. Video footage of the store reportedly shows him entering alone.

9:41 a.m. — Crooks purchases a 5.5 FT Aluminum Dual Platform ladder.

9:42 a.m. — Crooks exits the Home Depot. Video footage of the parking lot reportedly shows him leaving in a vehicle, although the footage could not identify the make and model of the vehicle.

10:30 a.m. — Two local law enforcement snipers are in position on the second floor inside the AGR building.

5:10 p.m. — Crooks is first seen by one sniper (AGR sniper 1) at the AGR building.

5:14 p.m. — AGR sniper 1 takes pictures of Crooks.

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A sniper took pictures of alleged gunman Thomas Mathew Crooks on July 13, 2024, in Butler, Pennsylvania. (Sen. Ron Johnson’s Office)

5:28 p.m. — AGR sniper 1 takes a picture of a bicycle and what appears to be two bags near the AGR building, although it is unclear what happened to the bicycle and bags after the day of the shooting.

 5:32 p.m. — AGR sniper 1 observes Crooks looking at his phone and using a rangefinder.

5:38 p.m. — AGR sniper 1 messages the “Sniper Group” about Crooks.

5:40 p.m. — AGR sniper 1 is instructed to “call into command” about Crooks.

5:41 p.m. — AGR sniper 1 calls into command and offers a description of Crooks and the rangefinder, and says Crooks was “lurking around [the] AGR building.”

5:49 p.m. — Photos of Crooks were sent to Butler County Emergency Services Command.

5:55 p.m. — Butler County Emergency Services confirms the photos were received.

5:59 p.m. — Butler County Emergency Services asks which direction Crooks is moving. AGR sniper 1 is initially unsure which direction Crooks is moving.

6:05 p.m. — AGR sniper 1 later says Crooks has a backpack and is moving northeast “in the direction of Sheetz.”

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A sniper took a picture of a bike and what appeared to be two bags located near the American Glass Research building on July 13, 2024, in Butler, Pennsylvania. (Sen. Ron Johnson’s Office)

6:06 p.m. to 6:12 p.m. — AGR sniper 1 moves to the ground floor of the building to meet local law enforcement patrol to notify them of Crooks’ presence.

Roughly 6:11 p.m. — Crooks start to open fire, and the Secret Service then returns fire and kills Crooks.

6:23 p.m. — Beaver County SWAT operators step onto the roof where Crooks was stationed and confirm he is dead. Local law enforcement from another county and at least one Secret Service agent also walked onto the roof.

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6:46 p.m. — Crooks is patted down when law enforcement finds a transmitter device, Crooks’ phone and the rangefinder in his pockets.

7:45p.m. to 7:46 p.m. — As requested by the Allegheny Bomb Squad, local law enforcement sent pictures of Crooks and the items to an ATF agent. The ATF is reportedly using the pictures of Crooks to run facial recognition.



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Creator of immigration chart that ‘saved’ Trump’s life from would-be assassin credits ‘providence’


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EXCLUSIVE: The man who helped create the now-infamous immigration chart that former President Trump credits, in part, to saving his life last weekend during the failed assassination attempt said the “bulletproof” visual was one of several hundreds he has made over the last few years. 

Like many others who observed Trump moving his head in a millisecond to look at the chart as the bullet pierced through his right ear, Patrick McIlheran, director of policy at the Badger Institute, called it nothing short of providential.

“You got to think there’s a lot of providence going into this, or that turn of the head, and so forth,” McIlheran told  Fox News Digital in an interview. “It’s oftentimes hard to get people to pay attention to graphs. It’s important stuff, it’s a it’s a key topic and, boy, you wish people would take a look at it. Well, this particular twist on the story makes sure that everybody’s looking at that graph.”

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Republican presidential nominee and former U.S. President Donald Trump gives his acceptance speech as the turnout coat and helmet of former Buffalo Township Volunteer Fire Department chief Corey Comperatore, who was killed at his rally last week, is displayed along with the chart that was being shown at the rally, on Day 4 of the Republican National Convention (RNC), at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, July 18, 2024.  (Reuters/Mike Segar)

“I’m glad about that,” McIlheran continued. “Senator Johnson’s numbers deserve attention. If it happens by a twist of fate to have saved us from a terrible crisis, then all the better.”

McIlheran – who called it a “team effort” – first drafted the graph for Sen. Ron Johnson’s office when he worked in his office for more than a decade. He said Johnson’s office still uses the graph, which tracks border patrol apprehensions along the southwest border, and updates it on a monthly basis. The Trump-Vance team also puts in its own additions to the graph. 

When asked what he would say to the former president about the chart’s role in the attempted assassination, McIlheran said: “Ron Johnson’s numbers will save your life. Keep that in mind.”

On Saturday, July 13, the gunman, identified as 20-year-old Thomas Matthew Crooks, opened fire targeting Trump’s head at his Butler, Pennsylvania, rally. The bullet narrowly missed Trump as he turned to look at the immigration graph on one of the screens. Instead, the bullet grazed his right ear. Crooks fired off several more rounds, wounding two others and killing 50-year-old former fire chief, Corey Comperatore, before being killed by a Secret Service sniper.

McIlheran said as he watched video clips of the attempted assassination, he realized Trump was “talking about something over on the screen.”

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Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump, refers to charts about immigration while speaking during the Republican National Convention, Thursday, July 18, 2024, in Milwaukee.  (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

“And then you’re seeing the stills as he was turned, and you realize, holy buckets – that’s Ron Johnson’s graph,” he said. “It was kind of like, holy cow – that’s that beloved old graph.”

On the last night of the Republican National Convention (RNC) Thursday night, Trump – who delivered his first major speech since the attempted assassination – referenced the chart as he talked about illegal immigration.

“Less than four years ago, I handed this administration the strongest border in American history, but you can see on the chart that saved my life … that was the chart that saved my life,” Trump said as the chart was put up on the screen behind him.

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Former President Donald Trump arrives at the Republican National Convention (RNC) at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Wednesday, July 17, 2024.  (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Trump told the audience how proud he was of the chart, noting that it showed a dive in illegal crossings under his administration before a spike in crossings over the last few years.

“Oh there it is, that’s pretty good, wow,” Trump said after noticing the chart was now on the screen at the RNC. “Last time I put up that chart, I never really got to look at it. Without this chart, I would not be here today.”

Trump also paid tribute to Comperatore and the two wounded – David Dutch and James Copenhaver – during his remarks Thursday, calling those injured men “great warriors.”

Fox News Digital’s Michael Lee contributed to this report.

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As campaign leak pushes Biden out, will Democrats anoint Kamala Harris?


In the end, the pressure on President Biden to step aside, orchestrated by increasingly blatant leaks from Democratic leaders and public abandonment by party lawmakers, got to be too great, as was obviously inevitable.

Not even an incumbent president of some accomplishment can run for reelection when donors pull the plug, when nearly two-thirds of Democrats don’t want him seeking a second term, and when a public declaration that Joe Must Go is a surefire ticket to television appearances.  

Soon after Biden, recovering from COVID, rocked the 2024 race yesterday by endorsing Kamala Harris, which may well have handed her the nomination, the tectonic plates shifted. Not long after Biden declared it “in the best interest of my party and my country for me to stand down,” Harris said she was “honored to have the president’s endorsement and my intention is to earn and win this nomination.”

Politics is a cold business. Journalists and commentators quickly moved on to speculating who Harris’ running mate will be.

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President Biden, left, and Vice President Kamala Harris on the Truman Balcony of the White House in Washington, DC, US, on Thursday, July 4, 2024. (Tierney L. Cross)

What I will never understand is why Biden sent so many signals that he was absolutely, positively staying in the race. He said he looked forward to hitting the campaign trail this week. He had campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon make a rare TV appearance to say the boss wasn’t dropping out, and had a White House spokesperson rip news stories that suggested otherwise. 

Harris brings undeniable strengths and weaknesses, but at 59, she is now the youngest candidate in the race to take on Donald Trump.

And the latest stunning turn – a president bowing out after all the primary votes have been cast – came a week after Trump was nearly assassinated, the bullet grazing his ear as he turned his head just enough that it saved his life.

As Trump said at a weekend rally, “I took a bullet for democracy.”

On yesterday’s “Media Buzz,” which ended before Biden’s announcement, Kevin Corke, in Rehoboth Beach, said the Democrats would be “done for an awful long time. The idea that a Black woman would be passed over, the way it would be perceived in the community, would be devastating.”

The person most responsible for Biden stepping aside is Nancy Pelosi, who warned the president in private, then had allies such as Adam Schiff go public, then used leaks to the press to make Biden’s position untenable.

The former speaker has not endorsed Harris. Neither has Barack Obama, who let it be known he thought his former VP would lose and said yesterday there should be a process for deciding the nomination.

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This may be because they believe Harris would gain more momentum by defeating someone in a mini-primary, rather than looking like a choice imposed by the party bosses. That certainly can look undemocratic, though most Biden delegates would probably follow the president’s lead. 

The biggest mistake many journalists make is basing their assessment of Harris’ chances on her poll standing today.

Trump very much wanted to run against Biden, especially since that disastrous debate. But it was also Trump, while cursing Kamala from a golf cart, who predicted he’d be running against her.

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President Biden dropped out of the 2024 race on Sunday. (Anna Moneymaker)

The vice president had a rocky first two years, often at odds with the West Wing, but in the last year has gained in poise and confidence.

Here are her assets and liabilities:

Harris can claim a share of credit for Biden’s legislative accomplishments (though that was always too backward-looking). But that means she’s also saddled with his failures, such as Afghanistan and the border fiasco (of which she was nominally in charge in a no-win situation). Biden waited way too long to crack down on asylum seekers.

She’s already being asked if she was part of a coverup – vouching for the president’s mental acuity while seeing signs of his decline close up. That’s a tough one.

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Biden could never quite capture the country’s attention, in part because his inner circle kept him away from journalists – even two Super Bowl interviews –for reasons we now understand.

Harris has to demonstrate that she can drive a message and should do plenty of interviews. 

Whether another Democrat challenges her or not, Harris, who began making calls yesterday, has to put together a team in a hurry to challenge a well-oiled Trump campaign that has been operating smoothly all year.

It was Axios that reported “several top Democrats privately tell us the rising pressure of party congressional leaders and close friends will persuade President Biden to decide to drop out of the presidential race, as soon as this weekend.” Yet deputy campaign manager Quentin Fulks told reporters that Biden “is not wavering on anything. The president has made his decision.”

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Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at a campaign rally on June 28, 2024, in Las Vegas.  (Bizuayehu Tesfaye)

And the New York Times was right in reporting that “several people close to President Biden said on Thursday that they believe he has begun to accept the idea that he may not be able to win in November and may have to drop out of the race, bowing to the growing demands of many anxious members of his party.”

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Now here’s the final irony: Some Republicans and conservatives, including National Review, are saying that if Biden isn’t fit to run a campaign, he can’t run the country now – and should resign.

Which, of course, would give Kamala Harris a four-month head start as president.



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Dem strategists say Harris ‘only practical choice’ as party leaders begin endorsing her


Vice President Kamala Harris is rapidly emerging as the logical successor to President Biden, Democratic strategists said soon after the 81-year-old leader announced he would drop out of the 2024 election.

Meanwhile, leaders in the Democratic Party, including Biden himself, are already coalescing around Harris, strengthening her position as the president’s heir apparent.

“I think that the only practical, logical and ethical thing we do is to coalesce around Kamala Harris in this moment,” former Obama administration Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs to the House Joel Rubin told Fox News Digital. 

Rubin said Harris was “vetted and experienced,” having gone through much of the Democratic primary process already, and pointed out that she stands to inherit the Biden campaign’s vast infrastructure and $240 million war chest. 

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Vice President Kamala Harris is shaping up to be President Biden’s heir apparent, Democrat strategists say. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

“Nothing gets upended that way,” Rubin said. That point was echoed by strategist Antjuan Seawright, who urged Democrats to unify swiftly around the vice president, so the party could remain “focused on the message” for the remainder of the election.

“She is the only person that can inherit the operation that’s been built, as well as the… finances that have been built,” Seawright said. “So I think that’s important, and quite frankly, because 14 million voters have spoken, decisively about the two of them. And in any situation, if it becomes two minus one, she becomes the one.”

Harris’ case is also bolstered by endorsements from former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,  Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., and the Congressional Black Caucus.

“We join millions of Americans in thanking President Biden for all he has accomplished, standing up for America time and time again, with his North Star always being what’s best for the country,” the Clintons said in a joint statement. “We are honored to join the President in endorsing Vice President Harris and will do whatever we can to support her.”

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her husband, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, are backing Harris. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Biden was under mounting pressure from fellow Democrats to drop out of the 2024 race after his disastrous performance in the CNN Presidential Debate last month. His weak showing spurred concerns among his allies about whether Biden is mentally and physically fit to run a campaign and serve another four years.

Jim Kessler, a former senior aide to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Harris clinching Biden’s blessing is “significant” in cementing her place as his successor.

“I think no matter which Democrats decide to get in the race, Harris is in the pole position,” Kessler told Fox News Digital. “Just remember, like, these are —these are Biden-Harris delegates going to the convention. And there’s a ton of loyalty among convention delegates towards Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.”

“I can’t predict whether other Democrats will get in the race, but she has by far the strongest position going into the convention… It’s the Biden-Harris administration, and they were voting for the Biden-Harris ticket, and she’s been out… there campaigning.”

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President Biden announced he would step out of the 2024 race. (Hannah Beier/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Other Democrats – Sens. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Pete Welch, D-Vt., as well as Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., to name a few – have also voiced support for a “mini-primary” process to select a new nominee.

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Harris herself has signaled she would take up Biden’s mantle and thanked him for his endorsement.

“I am honored to have the President’s endorsement and my intention is to earn and win this nomination. 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. 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 said in a campaign statement. “We have 107 days until Election Day. Together, we will fight. And together, we will win.”



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What Trump’s narrow edge over Biden could mean for campaign after president ends re-election bid


Former President Trump has a narrow edge over President Biden after the 46th president’s disastrous debate performance last month, a Fox News poll found, but the election cycle was thrown into disarray Sunday when Biden announced he won’t seek re-election

“It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve as your President. And while it has been my intention to seek re-election, 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,” Biden said in his letter posted to X on Sunday afternoon. 

Biden was ahead by two points last month (50%-48%), and now Trump is ahead by 1 point (49%-48%), which is also exactly where things stood in May, a Fox News national survey published last week found. 

Democrat strategist Julian Epstein told Fox News Digital that a “ham sandwich” would likely perform better in polls than Biden when asked how Trump would fare against a candidate other than the president.

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President Biden and Vice President Harris (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images/File)

“At this point, a ham sandwich would probably have a greater likelihood of success in the general election than Biden,” he said. “There are generic polls out there that suggest a young candidate versus Trump does well.”

“If the Democrats were smart, they would find a younger, attractive governor [in] their 40s or 50s who was in the political center. But Democrats being smart in the circumstance is giving them a huge benefit of the doubt,” Epstein added.

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Biden endorsed Harris shortly after his announcement. Other Democrats such as California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have been floated as viable candidates.

Harris appears to be the likely replacement for Biden as she gains additional endorsements from heavy-hitting Democrats such as former President Clinton and Hillary Clinton.

Harris notably has a lower favorability rating than Trump, according to a new ABC News/Ipsos poll. Trump recorded his highest favorability rating in the history of the poll at 40%, up from the low to mid 30% range the former president typically hovered in the poll. Harris received a lower favorability than Trump at 35%.

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Senator JD Vance, a Republican from Ohio, from left, former US President Donald Trump, and Lara Trump, co-chair of the Republican National Committee, during the Republican National Convention

Sen. JD Vance, left, former President Trump and Lara Trump, co-chair of the Republican National Committee, are shown during the Republican National Convention at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee on July 18, 2024. (Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Fox News Digital asked Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene during the RNC in Milwaukee last week if a candidate other than Biden would diminish Trump’s shot at the White House, which she shot down, arguing that whoever takes the mantle will have to run on Biden’s record in the White House.

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“No matter who they put at the top of the ticket, that candidate has to run with the job record that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have brought the several past years, because Democrats are fully aligned behind those policies,” Greene said.

“I think America really came to one mindset and got resolved behind President Trump and behind the Republican Party after seeing him almost assassinated on Saturday. It’s a moment that everyone will always remember where they were when that happened, similar to 9/11. Everyone remembers where they were when that happened. I also think people are just really fed up with the border invasion that’s happening every day. The fact that people can’t afford food, can’t afford rent and inflation is really crippling a lot of people,” she added.

Harris has a long history as a California liberal stalwart, serving as San Francisco’s district attorney in the early 2000s, then serving as the state attorney general under former Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown, and U.S. senator from the Golden State before her 2020 election as vice president.

If Harris takes up the party’s 2024 presidential election mantle, it is unlikely Harris’ policies would drastically differ from Biden’s platforms, though she could swing harder to the left on issues such as immigration, abortion and foreign policy.

Three Democrat delegates expressed support for Harris in comments to Fox News Digital on Sunday, with one saying the party is “100% supporting Kamala Harris.”

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Vice President Harris (Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

“I can tell you that the delegation in Florida that I’m speaking with … people are 100% on board following President Biden’s endorsement of Kamala Harris,” said Samantha Hope Herring, a Democrat delegate and elected member of the DNC from Florida.

Echoing Herring, Karl Gentles, a Democrat delegate from Arizona, told Fox he supports Harris and will vote for her at the party’s convention.

“While it is disappointing news that Biden has decided to not seek re-election, he has demonstrated that leadership starts with putting country first above all else. He understands what’s at stake for the future of our country and the imperative of winning this election,” he said. “I support VP Harris and will be casting my vote for her at the DNC Convention.”

Trump responded to the news of Biden dropping out by slamming him as the “worst president” in U.S. history.

“He is the worst president in the history of our country,” Trump told Fox News Digital in a phone interview on Sunday afternoon. “There has never been a president so bad.”

“He is not fit to serve,” Trump continued. “And I ask: Who is going to be running the country for the next five months?” 

Trump added in comments to CNN on Sunday that he believes defeating Harris, if she emerges as the official nominee, would be an easier feat than defeating Biden in November.

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Just two days before the RNC kicked off, Trump survived an assassination attempt in Butler, Pennsylvania. The shooting injured Trump and two others and killed 50-year-old local father Corey Comperatore.

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Former President Trump survived an assassination attempt during a rally in Pennsylvania on July 13, 2024. (Trump Campaign Office/Handout/Anadolu via Getty Images)

Epstein said that for Democrats, Biden “is only half their problem.”

“The other half is that the American people don’t like the results of their governing for the last four years. That’s true on every single issue other than abortion,” he said.

He argued that with Democrats “course correcting,” they “shouldn’t half-a– it with a stand-in for Biden. They should do a complete correction and find the political center with the younger candidate.” 

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Calls had mounted for weeks that Biden should drop out of the race after his disastrous debate performance against Trump on June 27, when he stumbled over his responses and appeared much more subdued in his demeanor than during other public events.

Fox News Digital’s Michael Lee contributed to this report.



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‘Squad’ Dems line up behind Kamala Harris to replace Biden


Democrats in the House’s far-left “Squad” are lining up behind Vice President Kamala Harris to replace President Biden after he made the bombshell announcement that he is dropping out of the 2024 White House race.

The group of young progressives who made a name for themselves by rebelling against traditional Democratic Party leaders are quickly falling in line behind 81-year-old Biden’s chosen successor.

“This was the president’s decision to make and I’m grateful for his years of service to our country. Thrilled to support [Harris] as our Democratic nominee and remain committed to working alongside her to defeat Donald Trump in November,” Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., wrote on X.

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Progressive House Democrats, like Reps. Ilhan Omar and Jamaal Bowman are lining up behind Vice President Kamala Harris (Getty Images)

Rep. Jamaal Bowman, D-N.Y., who recently lost his re-election bid to a more moderate primary challenger, said on X, “Now that President Biden has suspended his campaign, Vice President Kamala Harris is the most qualified and best choice to lead us forward.”

Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., facing a similarly tough re-election bid, said in a statement, “When we say trust Black women, we mean it. Black women are the backbone of the Democratic Party and it is past time for us to lead our country forward. Kamala Harris is more than ready to lead at this moment.”

Two notable figures who have been silent on the matter as of late afternoon on Sunday are Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.

Tlaib is one of the Biden administration’s harshest critics in terms of its handling of the war between Israel and Hamas.

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Rep. Cori Bush has also endorsed Harris (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

Ocasio-Cortez, who has backed Biden amid mounting pressure from fellow Democrats for him to drop out, hosted a live feed on Instagram just after former President Trump’s speech at the Republican National Convention (RNC) last week. 

She said on video that high-dollar Democratic donors were to blame for pressuring Biden, and that those same people did not want Harris to run either.

“I’m here to tell you that a huge amount of the donor class and a huge amount of these elites and a huge amount of these folks in these rooms that I see that are pushing for President Biden to not be the nominee also are not interested in seeing Vice President being the nominee,” she said.

Fox News Digital reached out to Ocasio-Cortez to ask if she would be endorsing Harris.

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President Biden said he is not running for re-election  (Hannah Beier/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Biden has been under mounting pressure to drop out of the 2024 presidential race in the wake of his disastrous debate performance against Trump last month. 

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His weak showing spurred concerns over whether he had the mental and physical stability to run a campaign and serve another four-year term. 

Biden bowed to that pressure on Sunday, writing in a public letter, “It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve as your President. And 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.”



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Obama offers statement of support after Biden drops out of 2024 race: ‘Patriot of the highest order’


Former President Barack Obama released a statement Sunday afternoon, praising President Biden after he dropped out of the 2024 race.

Obama referred to Biden as a “dear friend and partner” as well as a “patriot of the highest order.”

“Sixteen years ago, when I began my search for a vice president, I knew about Joe’s remarkable career in public service. But what I came to admire even more was his character — his deep empathy and hard-earned resilience; his fundamental decency and belief that everyone counts,” Obama said.

The former president also cited Biden’s track record in the 3½ years he has served as commander-in-chief, saying “he helped end the pandemic, created millions of jobs, lowered the cost of prescription drugs, passed the first major piece of gun safety legislation in 30 years, made the biggest investment to address climate change in history, and fought to ensure the rights of working people to organize for fair wages and benefits.”

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Former President Barack Obama confers with President Biden during a ceremony to unveil Obama’s official White House portrait on September 7, 2022, in Washington, D.C.  (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

Obama also referenced former President Donald Trump in his statement, referring to the 45th president’s administration as “four years of chaos, falsehood, and division.”
 
While Obama referred to President Biden’s track record as “outstanding,” he said “Joe understands better than anyone the stakes in this election.”

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Obama stressed that “everything that the Democratic Party stands for, will be at risk if we allow Donald Trump back in the White House and give Republicans control of Congress.”

“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. But I know he wouldn’t make this decision unless he believed it was right for America.”

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President Biden and former President Barack Obama. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Obama shared, “I have extraordinary confidence that the leaders of our party will be able to create a process from which an outstanding nominee emerges. I believe that Joe Biden’s vision of a generous, prosperous, and united America that provides opportunity for everyone will be on full display at the Democratic Convention in August.”

The Democratic National Convention will happen in Chicago beginning August 19 through August 22.
 
The former president finished his statement with a note of thanks to both President Biden and Jill Biden.

“For now, Michelle and I just want to express our love and gratitude to Joe and Jill for leading us so ably and courageously during these perilous times — and for their commitment to the ideals of freedom and equality that this country was founded on.”

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Noticeably absent from Obama’s statement was any mention of a candidate to replace Biden. Biden himself endorsed Vice President Kamala Harris as his replacement. Bill and Hillary Clinton also expressed their support for Harris as Biden’s replacement. 



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Trump calls for next presidential debate to be held on Fox News


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Former President Donald Trump said the next presidential debate should be moderated by Fox News, not “on Fake News ABC,” after President Biden dropped out of the 2024 race. 

“My debate with Crooked Joe Biden, the Worst President in the history of the United States, was slated to be broadcast on Fake News ABC, the home of George Slopadopolus, sometime in September. Now that Joe has, not surprisingly, has quit the race, I think the Debate, with whomever the Radical Left Democrats choose, should be held on FoxNews, rather than very biased ABC. Thank you!,” Trump posted to Truth Social late Sunday afternoon. 

Trump’s statement comes after Biden officially dropped out of the 2024 presidential race following weeks of mounting pressure from Democratic allies that he should bow out and pass the mantle to someone better suited to defeat Trump come November. The calls for him to drop out stem from concerns over his mental fitness and 81 years of age, which came under heightened scrutiny after his disastrous debate performance last month. 

“It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve as your President. And while it has been my intention to seek re-election, 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,” Biden said in his letter posted to X Sunday afternoon. 

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Former President Donald Trump participates in a town hall hosted by Fox News on February 20, 2024, in Greenville, South Carolina. (Fox News)

The president endorsed Vice President Kamala Harris for president shortly following his announcement. Harris is the most likely candidate to run in Biden’s place, but still needs to become the official nominee at the Democratic National Convention next month. 

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“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,” Biden said. 

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Biden endorsed Vice President Kamala Harris after he dropped out of the 2024 race. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

CNN moderated the first presidential debate in June, with ABC News slated to host the second debate in September. Due to Biden now out of the race, Trump is calling for the debate schedule to be modified and have Fox News host the debate. It is unclear who Trump will debate until the DNC certifies its nominee. 

Trump and his campaign previously accepted two Fox News debates this election cycle, including a presidential debate for Oct. 2, and a vice presidential debate for a date that had not yet been determined. 

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Trump said shortly following Biden’s announcement that “Crooked Joe Biden is the Worst President, by far, in the History of our Nation.”

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Many lawmakers are supporting Vice President Kamala Harris to replace Biden in the 2024 race. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

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“He has done everything possible to destroy our Country, from our Southern Border, to Energy Dominance, National Security, International Standing, and so much more. He was annihilated in an Earth Shattering Debate, and now the Corrupt and Radical Democrats are throwing him overboard. He was not fit to serve from the very beginning, but the people around him lied to America about his Complete and Total Mental, Physical, and Cognitive Demise. Whoever the Left puts up now will just be more of the same. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” Trump posted. 

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The 45th president added in a phone call with CNN that Harris would be an easier candidate to defeat than Biden. 

Trump posted in a follow-up Truth Social post Sunday evening that his campaign was “forced to spend time and money on fighting Crooked Joe Biden” before he quit the race. 

“Shouldn’t the Republican Party be reimbursed for fraud in that everybody around Joe, including his doctors and the Fake News Media, knew he was not capable of running for, or being, President? Just askin’?” Trump wrote. 

The ABC News debate is scheduled for Sept. 10. 



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Manchin considers re-registering as Democrat to run for president


West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin is considering re-registering as a Democrat so he can run for president.

Fox News confirmed Manchin, who in May left the Democratic Party and registered as an Independent, said Sunday he is considering re-registering with his original party and running for president.

Manchin said he was considering the party switch and throwing his hat in the ring for president, “Even just to have the discussion of bringing the party back to center,” Fox News’ Bret Baier posted on X.

Earlier in the day on Sunday, Manchin called on Biden to step aside.

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West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin is considering switching back to being a member of the Democratic Party and running for president. (Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

“He will go down with a legacy unlike many people as one of the finest and surely a patriot, an American,” Manchin said of Biden during an appearance on ABC News’ “This Week.” “And 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.” 

Manchin changed his party registration from Democrat to independent this year, though he still caucuses with the Democrats in the Senate.

In the three weeks since Biden’s disastrous debate performance against former President Trump, Manchin said he “thought the president needed time to evaluate and make a decision if he was going to at that time.” The senator also acknowledged Democratic colleagues facing competitive races in Congress or at the state level in November who fear Biden’s re-election campaign could ruin their chances. 

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President Biden announced on Sunday he would not be seeking re-election to another four years in the White House. (Hannah Beier/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

The senator privately expressed grave concern to Biden’s allies, including Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., in the immediate aftermath of the debate but decided to cancel scheduled appearances on Sunday shows, Politico previously reported. In doing so, Manchin reportedly intended to give Biden time to decide the matter on his own, but the senator changed course. 

Manchin’s surprising decision to switch from a Democrat to an Independent in May came amid reports that he was being encouraged to run for governor of West Virginia by moderate Republicans dissatisfied with the party’s nominee, state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. It also came ahead of a deadline for filing as an independent in West Virginia. 

Questioned about those reports in late May, Manchin downplayed the rumors but would not rule them out. He said the Democratic nominee, Huntington Mayor Steve Williams, is a friend. 

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Vice President Kamala Harris could become the presidential candidate for the Democratic Party after Biden announced Sunday he was dropping out of the race. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye)

The West Virginia MetroNews reported sources “close” to the senator who said at least 20 Republicans “with financial resources” have encouraged Manchin to run for governor.

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Since that report was published, Manchin was reportedly bombarded by people urging him to run at an event at the Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, according to WVMetroNews. The Greenbrier is notably owned by the state’s current governor, Democrat-turned-Republican Jim Justice, who is term-limited and now is the GOP’s Senate nominee to replace Manchin.

Fox News’ Aishah Hasnie and Fox News Digital’s Julia Johnson and Danielle Wallace contributed to this report.



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Forcing President Biden out of campaign may have been more about Congress than White House


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Switching out President Biden for someone else may not have been so much about getting someone to defeat former President Trump but rather about saving seats down-ballot. In other words, polling has revealed that Harris does not match up much better than Biden. But it may be just enough to salvage seats.

The Senate will be tough to hold. But this strategy may be all about flipping the House. The current breakdown is 432 Republicans to 220 Democrats with three vacancies. Democrats need to change a little more than a handful of those seats to reclaim the House. 

Democrats have done nothing but rail against Republicans and how they’ve run the House for a year and a half. Republicans gave them plenty of fodder. They took days to elect former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) as speaker and then dumped him by the fall. The House then consumed 22 days to elect House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) – after burning through three other speaker candidates first. They’ve dealt with various censures and contempt of Congress resolutions, some of which have gone against the wishes of leaders. Democrats have also highlighted the various stunts of Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Lauren Boebert (R-CO). 

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President Biden and Vice President Harris are shown on the Truman Balcony at the White House on July 4, 2024. (Tierney L. Cross/via Getty Images)

So, Democrats thought that pandemonium gave them a great chance to win the House. But Biden was nothing but a dead weight. In other words, this maneuver might prove to be more about the House versus the presidency. 

The House returns to Capitol Hill tomorrow. And expect a flurry of questions for Democrats about whether they support Vice President Harris to step into the void or someone else. 

It’s notable that senior leaders like Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) are not endorsing anyone. They want to see how this plays out and not tip the scale in favor of any individual.

Former House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC) salvaged Biden’s presidential bid in 2020 ahead of the South Carolina primary.

He has supported the president staying in the race but shifted his alliance to Harris today.

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Former President Trump and President Biden (Getty Images)

The Congressional Black Caucus PAC – not the Congressional Black Caucus – has endorsed Harris. The CBC never put out a statement after Biden’s terrible debate performance in late June. But CBC Chairman Rep. Steve Horsford (D-NV) stood by the president, speaking solely for himself.

But when it comes to Harris, it may be about the math – and the Golden State. Forty House Democrats come from California. That’s 9% of the House Democratic Caucus and about 20% of the House Democratic Conference. Harris was a senator from California. So, it may be hard to overcome that. 

It’s also interesting that Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN), who ran against the president, was ostracized by some Democrats to the point that he stepped down from a lower-tier leadership position after he raised questions about the president’s viability. The House Progressive Caucus has now endorsed Harris. Some members of the Squad are now backing Harris: Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Cori Bush (D-MO). 

The “New Dems Coalition,” which is a bloc of mainstream to moderate Democrats, has also thrown its weight behind Harris. Many of the Democrats calling on Biden to step aside in the early going were New Dems.

This has been a slow wave building against Biden. A senior House Democratic leadership source told Fox News the day after the debate that “this was not sustainable.” The source added that those close to the president “have not served him well.”

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Vice President Harris speaks (SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

Don’t forget that Schumer met with Biden last Saturday at Rehoboth, Delaware. Schumer put out his statement about that meeting minutes before former President Trump was shot in Pennsylvania on July 13. It was thought that more and more Democrats would have come out last week, trying to push Biden out the door. But the shooting delayed some of that. Otherwise, this conversation may have come several days ago. It never happened because of the shooting.

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Republicans are now starting to question whether Biden is up to serve the remaining months of his term. House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) said, “If President Biden is not fit to run for president, he is not fit to serve as president. He must resign the office immediately.”

Expect more Republicans to begin calling on Biden to resign. They could also begin to hold hearings and investigations, asking who knew what and when about the president’s cognitive abilities.

Republicans will also target vulnerable Democrats in competitive states and districts, asking what they knew about Biden’s circumstances. And they will also wonder which of those candidates stands behind Harris. For instance, Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) faces a competitive re-election bid, and she backs Harris. Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) also faces a tough race, but he did not endorse Harris.

Republicans will likely fold the president’s departure into their House and Senate campaign strategy this fall.

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