Democratic Representative Dean Phillips from Minnesota has made a public plea to President Joe Biden, urging him to forego his plans for re-election in 2024. During an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press, Phillips emphasized that it was not just Biden’s age that should be considered, but also how he is perceived by the public. According to Phillips, voters are eager to see new leadership and turn the page on the current administration.
While acknowledging that his statement might not be popular within his own party, Phillips commended Biden for his achievements and suggested that he secure his legacy by stepping aside and allowing a new leader to come forward. Passing on the torch to a new generation of leaders, he argued, is crucial for preserving the progress that has been made thus far.
Phillips also pointed out that Biden’s approval ratings had dipped by 7 points in key swing states, which could have a significant impact on the outcome of the next election. Although Phillips did not disclose his own intentions of running for presidency, he expressed support for the idea of a moderate governor from the heartland taking the helm. He named several potential candidates, including Gretchen Whitmer from Michigan, Tim Walz from Minnesota, Tony Evers from Wisconsin, Josh Shapiro from Pennsylvania, and J.B. Pritzker from Illinois.
This is not the first time Phillips has called for change within his own party. Previously, he urged Senator Dianne Feinstein from California to retire due to health concerns. His latest plea for Biden to step aside sheds light on the ongoing discussions taking place within the Democratic Party regarding the future leadership and direction of the party as the 2024 presidential election looms ahead.