House Dem Blasts Party for Lack of Biden Challengers

House Dem Blasts Party for Lack of Biden Challengers

( – President Joe Biden is currently running for reelection. So far, Robert F. Kennedy Jr and Marianne Williamson are the only other Democrats who have thrown their hats into the ring. The lack of competition has annoyed one member of the president’s party.

On August 6, Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) appeared on CBS News’ “Face the Nation.” During the interview, he called on more of his fellow Democrats to challenge Biden in the primary. He said members of his party have been telling him that they want to see a competition, “not a coronation.” Phillips went on to say a poll by The New York Times has indicated the majority of Democrats want more alternative candidates.

It’s not unusual for a party’s incumbent to face few challengers going into a primary. However, Biden is extremely unpopular with the American people. Members of his party have indicated they want someone else to run for POTUS for more than a year.

In July 2022, The New York Times reported that 64% of Dems wanted a different candidate. The same month, a CNN Poll found 75% of the members of the president’s party wanted to nominate someone other than him in 2024. Before Biden announced his reelection campaign in April, an Associated Press/NORC poll found that only 26% of Americans wanted to see the president run for reelection. As of July 2023, the Times/Siena Poll indicates 50% of Democrats still desire someone else.

Despite the glaring signs that Americans didn’t want the president to run again, he announced anyway. Phillips wants that to change. He told CBS News that if the Democratic Party ignored the calls for others to run, the consequences would be “disastrous.” He said that his call is the Democrats “who are well-positioned, well-prepared, [and] have good character and competency” to run. He expressed optimism that the Dems who fit that description know who they are and will get involved in the race. Phillips went on to say the “country need[s] competition.”

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