Democrat lawmaker, Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN), is reportedly planning a bold move against his own party’s incumbent, Joe Biden. The audacious step? A primary bid against Biden for the 2024 presidential election.
Phillips, evidently dissatisfied with Biden’s performance and doubting his potential for a second term, is set to announce his presidential campaign next week in New Hampshire, according to POLITICO. This announcement comes after months of Phillips encouraging other prominent Democrats to challenge Biden’s re-election bid.
The Democrat consulting firm has already obtained a permit for the State House Plaza next Friday morning for the alleged announcement, signaling that Phillips is serious about his intentions. However, this has not been without controversy. The Minnesota representative had to step down from his leadership position within the House Democrats due to his public calls for others to step up against Biden.
Despite this, many Democrats believe Phillips is late to the game, arguing that if he were serious about challenging Biden, he should have launched his campaign six months ago. But Phillips is undeterred. He believes it’s time for a change, and he is ready to be that change.
Speaking to CBS News’ “Face the Nation” back in August, Phillips stated, “Democrats are telling me that they want, not a coronation, but they want a competition.” He strongly believes that if Democrats do not run someone else as the party’s nominee in 2024, the consequences “are going to be disastrous.”
Phillips’ call to action extends beyond his party. He is urging those who are well-positioned, well-prepared, and possess good character and competency to jump into the race. He believes that the country needs competition, and he is ready to provide it.
While Phillips acknowledges that he might not be the best-positioned candidate for the job right now, he is nonetheless ready to step up to the plate. He believes the moment is now and that the country is asking for a change.
If Phillips does go ahead with his announcement, it will mark a significant moment in U.S politics, shaking the Democratic party to its core. It’s a bold move, one that could either make him a hero in the eyes of those seeking change or paint him as a traitor within his own party.