In a stunning and unexpected move, Democratic Congressman Dean Phillips announced on Thursday that he will mount a primary challenge to President Joe Biden in 2024. Phillips’ decision to take on the sitting president has left Democrats reeling in shock, as the party expected to unite behind Biden’s re-election campaign. But in defiance of assumptions he would stand down, Phillips declared his candidacy, becoming the first Democrat to officially enter the race against Biden. The jaw-dropping announcement signals divides within the party are deeper than previously thought. Phillips’ long-shot bid marks a dramatic challenge to Biden at a time when many presumed Democrats would rally around the president. By daring to take on the leader of his party, Phillips’ surprise candidacy suggests Democrats may not be as united as they claimed in backing Biden’s anticipated re-election run. Phillips’ stunning challenge is likely to leave the political world stunned and could motivate other disgruntled Democrats to join him in the brewing primary battle against the embattled President.
Rep. Dean Phillips, a Minnesota Democrat who has for months publicly argued that President Biden should not run for re-election, announced his candidacy for president on Thursday. https://t.co/ZGcEpWsYnV— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 27, 2023
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