Over the weekend, Democrat Representative Dean Phillips (MN) said that he believes most Americans want to “move on” from President Biden, and called on other Democrats to enter the 2024 presidential race.
Phillips made his comments during an interview on Sunday with Chuck Todd on NBC News’ “Meet The Press.”
“I’m representing what I believe to be the majority of the country that wants to turn the page. Tired of the meanness and the fear-mongering of Donald Trump,” he said. “I would like to see Joe Biden, a wonderful and remarkable man, pass the torch, cement this extraordinary legacy.”
“I do believe the majority wants to move on,” Phillips said. “The news was that I was meeting with donors. The fact is, I listen to normal Americans every day, and my own feelings.”
Phillips said he wants a “a moderate governor” from a state that Democrats will need to win in 2024 to run against Biden.
“Gretchen Whitmer, you’d like to see her?” Todd asked. “Or is it Tim Walz, your home state governor? Tony Evers? Help me out here.”
“You just said a few names I think would be great. Josh Shapiro,” he said. “There are a number of people. J.B. Pritzker. Some people have asked me that I not use their names because of this institutional fear that it might impact you down the road. This is the time to meet the moment.”
“And I’m doing something that – I know it’s unpopular with Democrats,” he added. “But I’m speaking truth. That’s my job. My duty is to the people I represent. But also to represent the mass majority. And I want to say this about Democrats, it’s really important. Joe Biden right now is down seven points in the four swing states that will decide the next election. He has historically low approval numbers, Chuck. There are about 55% of Democrats would like to see an alternative.”