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Dem Rep. Phillips Stepping From Leadership Over Biden Warnings

Sunday, 01 October 2023 04:01 PM EDT

Rep. Dean Phillips, D-Minn., who has floated a possible primary run against President Joe Biden for the 2024 election, has decided to step down from his leadership role in the House of Representatives, a spokesperson said on Sunday.

The Take

Phillips, 54, is one of few elected Democrats at the federal level who openly supports a competitive process for the party's presidential nomination. He has said he was concerned about 80-year-old Biden's electability and that it is time for a new generation of leaders.

Phillips has said he might not be the person to take on Biden, given his relatively low name recognition and tepid support among most establishment Democrats, but he has repeatedly declined to rule out a run.

The Context

Biden is set to take on a Republican challenger in 2024. Opinion polls show a rematch with former President Donald Trump, who he defeated in 2020 and is the front-runner for the Republican nomination, would be competitive.

On Friday, presidential hopeful Robert F. Kennedy Jr. strongly implied that he will launch an independent run, rather than continue to pursue his long shot bid against Biden as a Democrat. The possibility of a third-party candidacy has created jitters in Democratic circles that Kennedy could peel off votes from the president in the general election.

Key Quote

"My convictions relative to the 2024 presidential race are incongruent with the majority of my caucus, and I felt it appropriate to step aside from elected leadership," Phillips said in a statement, first reported by Axios.

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Rep. Dean Phillips, D-Minn., who has floated a possible primary run against President Joe Biden for the 2024 election, has decided to step down from his leadership role in the House of Representatives, a spokesperson said on Sunday.
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