A Democratic representative from Minnesota has hinted at the possibility of contesting the presidential nomination against President Biden from within the party.
Rep. Dean Phillips shared on “The Warning” podcast, aired on Monday, “I’m contemplating the idea, but haven’t made a decision.” He mentioned that there might be candidates with a more significant national presence and better campaign preparedness. “I believe having choices is vital for democracy. Based on the data and my gut feeling, I’m worried there might not be enough alternatives,” he expressed.
Earlier in August, Phillips encouraged fellow Democrats to consider running. On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” he praised President Biden but also signaled it might be time for a change. “I hope to see a moderate governor, preferably from the key states Democrats need,” Phillips elaborated. “Whether it’s Joe Manchin or Cornel West, primaries are essential. I’m encouraging those who feel it’s the right moment to step up.”
As President Biden approaches his 81st birthday, discussions surrounding his age have intensified, especially with the upcoming 2024 elections.
Phillips voiced concerns about unforeseen events that could negatively impact the Democratic Convention in Chicago. “Despite our party being seen as the mature voice, I’m worried we might be missing the mark when it comes to our electoral approach. Hence, I’m pondering my own run,” Phillips commented. “However, I still believe there’s an opportunity for better-suited candidates to come forward,” he concluded.