The state of Minnesota plans to run against President Biden in the Democratic presidential race and will officially announce his 2024 campaign on Friday in New Hampshire. He will also file to be included on the state’s primary ballot.
Phillips informed CBS News chief election & campaign correspondent Robert Costa during an exclusive interview for “CBS Mornings” that will be broadcasted on Friday, that he will be joining the Democratic race at a later time.
During the interview, Phillips, who is 54 years old, expressed his admiration for Mr. Biden, who is 80 years old. However, he also believes that it is necessary for a younger generation of Democrats to take charge of the party, particularly with the possibility of former President Donald Trump becoming the Republican nominee for president.
Phillips expressed concern about the possibility of Trump winning against Mr. Biden in a potential rematch of the 2020 election, after studying polling data.
Phillips praised President Biden’s exceptional performance for our nation, emphasizing that the upcoming election is focused on shaping our future rather than dwelling on the past.
Phillips stated that she will not remain silent or passive in response to the alarming statistics that indicate a potential crisis for American democracy if Trump is re-elected in November.
Phillips recognizes that his path to victory is challenging due to the strong support of many Democrats for Mr. Biden and their belief in the president’s ability to defeat Trump once more. However, he believes that there are Democratic voters who are seeking a different option that offers a contrast in generation and a centrist message, something that Phillips has developed since his initial election to the House in 2018.
Phillips stated that he is urging fellow Democrats to join the race, in the hopes that increased competition will result in a qualified and resilient candidate for the party.
On Thursday, Phillips had a conversation with Costa at his residence in rural Middleburg, Virginia. He has plans to be in New Hampshire on Friday, the deadline for candidates to file for the primary ballot. Additionally, he will be starting a bus tour.
Earlier this week, a letter from officials of the Biden campaign, obtained by CBS News, notified New Hampshire Democrats that President Biden is running for reelection.
It will not be listed on the primary ballot for the state., citing party guidelines.
The letter stated that Mr. Biden must adhere to the Delegate Selection Rules for the 2024 Democratic National Convention, as he is a Democratic candidate for President. These rules were put into effect earlier this year.
According to Mr. Biden’s proposed primary calendar, South Carolina will be the initial state to hold a primary and award delegates for the Democratic National Convention in Chicago next year.
The Democratic Party’s decision to move New Hampshire’s primary date was met with resistance due to state law mandating that it hosts the first primary in the nation. Despite efforts, Democrats were unsuccessful in convincing legislators to change the Granite State statute, likely because they disagreed with the DNC’s ruling. As a result, any candidate participating in the state’s Democratic primary will not receive delegates from New Hampshire according to the DNC.
The interview between Costa and Phillips will be broadcasted on “CBS Mornings” on Friday, October 27 and will also be showcased on various CBS News channels.