- Rep. Dean Phillips announced he will not run for Congress in 2024.
- The Minnesota Democrat is challenging President Joe Biden for the 2024 Democratic presidential nomination.
- Some Democrats have criticized Phillips since he mounted a primary campaign against the incumbent last month.
Rep. Dean Phillips, D-Minn., speaks during the Investing to Protect Act press conference outside the Capitol on Thursday, May 12, 2022.
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Rep. Dean Phillips, the Minnesota Democrat challenging President Joe Biden for his party’s presidential nomination, announced Friday that he will not seek re-election to Congress in 2024.
“After three terms, it is time to pass the torch,” Phillips said in a statement.
“No party has a monopoly on solutions, and we need to stop fighting against each other and start fighting for each other – before it’s too late,” Phillips said in a statement on Friday. He warned that America was in the grip of “a crisis of cooperation, common sense and truth.”
“The future is very bright, provided we have the courage and make the choice to seek it. Keep the faith!” he said.
The congressman’s call for unity may not resonate with his Democratic colleagues, some of whom have criticized Phillips since he mounted a primary campaign against the outgoing president last month.
Biden, who announced his own reelection campaign months earlier, rarely commented on Phillips’ challenge.
“Congressman Phillips has voted for nearly 100% of President Biden’s policies, and the President will miss his support for the Biden-Harris legislative agenda,” White House spokesman Andrew Bates said Friday in a statement to NBC News.
Phillips said he was running for president to strengthen the Democratic ticket in light of polls showing low approval of Biden and his administration.
Some recent surveys have shown that former President Donald Trump, the clear favorite in the 2024 Republican primary, beat Biden in several key primary states.
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CNBC reported earlier in November that Phillips was receiving little support from major donors in his home state of Minnesota, and that some of his previous backers had asked him to return their donations.
On Wednesday, Phillips apologized for telling The Atlantic that he had heard from “others who know her” that Vice President Kamala Harris was “not well prepared, did not have the right disposition and the good skills to perform this function. “
After those comments sparked a Democratic backlash, Phillips wrote on affected by similar circumstances.
Phillips turned his Minnesota 3rd congressional district blue in 2018 and won his most elections in 2022 by double digits. Democratic National Committee member Ron Harris announced a primary campaign for Phillips’ district last month.
Phillips is a member of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus. His current term in the House ends January 3, 2025.