Democrat Dean Phillips Urges Certain Democrats To Primary Biden: ‘They Know Who They Are’
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 30: Reps. Dean Phillips, D-Minn., right, and Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., are seen outside the House Democratic Caucus leadership election in Longworth Building on Wednesday, November 30, 2022.
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Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) urged other top Democrats over the weekend to jump in the 2024 presidential race and primary President Joe Biden.

Phillips made the remarks during a Sunday interview on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” with Major Garrett.

There have been rumors swirling that Phillips is thinking about running for president but he said during the interview that he has not made a decision.

“Democrats are telling me that they want, not a coronation, but they want a competition,” Phillips said. “The New York Times poll from this week shows 55% of Democratic voters want some alternatives to the current people in the primary. 83% of those under 30. Democrats under 30 want alternatives, and about 76% of independents.”

Phillips suggested that if Democrats do not run someone else as the party’s nominee in 2024 that the consequences “are going to be disastrous.”

“So my call is to those who are well positioned, well prepared, have good character and competency, they know who they are, to jump in, because Democrats and the country need competition,” he said.

“I do not believe I’m well positioned to run for it right now,” he later added. “People who are should jump in because we need to meet the moment. The moment is now. That is what the country is asking.”

Phillips said that he thinks that Biden can beat Trump but added that he needs to “go through a process by the way before it’s too late.”

Phillips also said during the interview that he does not believe that Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is a Democrat and said that he had anxiety about Cornell West running as a Green Party candidate.

“Anybody who wants to turn the page and go to the future in this country should be worried about Cornell West’s candidacy,” he said. “Any third party entrance that would take votes from whoever is going to take on the likely nominee from the GOP and that’s probably Donald Trump. So I would ask Mr. West, I would ask others who are contemplating third party runs to please think about your legacy, think about the future and consolidate around entering a Democratic primary because that’s why we have primaries.”


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