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 September 5, 2023

Democrat Dean Phillips calls for primary challengers against Biden

Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) called on fellow Democrats to run in the presidential primary against President Joe Biden.

Phillips shared the comments during a Sunday interview on NBC's "Meet the Press."

The comments

"I would like to see a moderate governor, hopefully from the heartland, from one of the four states that Democrats will need," he said.

"Anybody who wants to run, Joe Manchin, Cornel West ... that's why we have primaries because that doesn't undermine the likelihood of returning, in this case, a Democrat to the White House. I'm actively inviting, encouraging to some degree, imploring, that people who are ready and know it's probably time to do so take the chance," he added.

Seeking alternatives

Phillips sees the need for new candidates as former President Donald Trump's numbers against Biden increase.

“I will do nothing to ensure that Donald Trump is reelected,” continued the Congressman. “But Chuck it’s really important that people know this. I’m doing just the opposite.”

“And if people aren’t willing, willing right now to have that conversation, to have the discussion, and most importantly, to present some alternatives, how in the world are we going to look at these numbers and say everything’s okay,” said Phillips.

The latest polls

A recent YouGov/Economist poll taken Aug. 26-29 showed Trump increasing by four points.

He is now polling at 44%, with Biden trailing slightly at 43% and other voters uncertain or selecting another candidate.

Both Biden and Trump also face investigations that could cause major changes to the 2024 election. Biden currently faces a House Oversight Committee investigation focused on his son Hunter Biden's international business deals with allegations of millions of dollars in bribery involved.

Trump faces multiple indictments in Georgia, Washington and Florida, with the potential to face years of jail time if found guilty in the cases, with two cases scheduled during the busy primary season.

The drama will continue to unfold as Democrats consider all options to stop Trump's comeback bid for the White House.

Written By:
Dillon Burroughs

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