Dean Phillips’ risky, last-minute quest to force Democrats to reconsider Biden | ET REALITY


“Considering everything else that’s going on, I think he’s doing a good job,” Nick Hadshi, 32, of Concord, said of Biden. “It could be better, it could be worse.”

He was open to alternatives, he said.

Biden’s campaign said in a statement that it was “proud of the historic and unified support he has,” adding: “The stakes in next year’s election could not be higher for the American people, and the campaign is working hard to mobilize the winning coalition that President Biden can uniquely muster to defeat MAGA Republicans once again next November.”

While Phillips outlined a number of issues he would focus on, including health care and child care affordability, and gun accessibility following the mass shootings in Lewiston, Maine, this week, he did not cite any political disagreements. . with Mr. Biden. However, she cited disagreements with some of her fellow Democrats generally and suggested, without elaborating much, that they considered the issues too black and white.

“Not only can two things be true at the same time, they usually are true at the same time,” he said. “We need border security and we need immigration reform. It is humane and it is the economic option. On every issue, from gun violence prevention to reproductive rights to whatever substantive policy we need right now, on every one of them, two things are true at once.”

Phillips told reporters that he considered preventing Trump from winning the 2024 election an “existential” necessity, which is why he was running. But he also said unequivocally that he would fall in line if Biden won the primary.

“If you care about democracy, if you care about freedom, I think it’s tremendously important that a Democrat wins this election,” he said. “And I will do anything, I will give everything I have, every moment of my time, every ounce of my energy, to ensure that that candidate, whether it is me, of course, President Biden or anyone else, becomes president.” .

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