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 August 7, 2023

House Democrat blasts lack of Biden challengers

Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) criticized his party for its lack of Democratic challengers against President Joe Biden in the 2024 campaign.

Phillips shared his view during an interview on CBS News' "Face the Nation" on Sunday.

The comments

"Democrats are telling me that they want, not a coronation, but they want a competition," he 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% are independents," he added.

Concerned for the future

"I woke up the morning after the 2016 election ... [and] saw fear in my daughters' eyes," Phillips also said in the interview.

"I recognized at that moment that millions of Americans have had that same fear for generations and I promised them I would do something," he continued.

Too old?

"A national survey reported that close to 64% feel Biden is too old to 'serve a 2nd term in the White House,'" the Washington Examiner reported.

Biden is already the nation's oldest serving president at the age of 80. He would be 86 at the end of a second term.

The concerns over his age are in addition to several gaffes during his term that show concerns about his physical and mental health for serving in office.

The only two opponents among Democrats so far include Robert F. Kennedy Jr., whose anti-vaccine views have made him too controversial for most leaders in his own party, and Marianne Williamson, a new-age author who ran in 2016.

The concerns from Phillips are legitimate but it may be too late for anyone to join the race among Democrats against him, leading to the growing possibility of a rematch between Biden and former President Donald Trump.

Written By:
Dillon Burroughs

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