Minnesota Congressman Dean Phillips has expressed openness to challenging President Joe Biden for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. In an episode of “The Warning” podcast released on Monday, Phillips stated, “I am thinking about it. I haven’t ruled it out.”
Phillips acknowledged that there are other individuals who may be more suitable candidates due to their proximity and better preparedness to campaign with national organizations and national name recognition, which he does not possess. However, he emphasized the importance of having alternatives and competition in a democracy. Phillips highlighted his concerns, stating, “The polling. The data. And what I’m sensing in my own intuition… I’m concerned.”
In August, Phillips called on his Democratic colleagues to enter the race and expressed his admiration for President Biden while suggesting that new leaders should be given the opportunity to lead. He specifically mentioned his desire to see a moderate governor from one of the four states crucial for Democrats in the 2024 election.
Furthermore, Phillips encouraged anyone interested in running, including figures like Joe Manchin and Cornel West, emphasizing that primaries are essential for providing choices and do not undermine the likelihood of a Democrat winning the presidency.
The age of President Biden has been a subject of increasing questions from both sides of the political spectrum leading up to the 2024 presidential cycle. Phillips expressed concern about potential issues arising before the Democratic Convention in Chicago in November, which could result in an unmitigated disaster. He emphasized the need for a strong electoral strategy and admitted that he is considering entering the race himself.
While Phillips acknowledged that other individuals may be better prepared at present, he still believes there is time for someone to enter the race and is actively encouraging those who he deems ready to run a successful campaign.