Democrat Representative Dean Phillips called on Joe Biden to “pass the torch” and step out of the 2024 race.
During an appearance on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” the Congressman said, “People want to turn the page.”
“I think that’s fair to say. As a Democrat, I adore Joe Biden. He saved this country. He can cement his legacy,” Phillips said.
“My real call to action right now is not about me. The call to action is to ask the president to pass the torch.”
When host Chuck Todd asked Phillips if he does not want Biden to run and step out of the 2024 race, the Congressman said people “want to move on.”
“I’m representing what I believe to be the majority of the country that wants to turn the page, tired of the meanness and fear-mongering of Donald Trump,” Phillips said.
“We’d like to see Joe Biden, a wonderful and remarkable man, pass the torch, cement this extraordinary legacy.”
Phillips added that he wants a moderate governor, “hopefully from the heartland, from one of the four states that Democrats will need,” to run in the primary.
Hen then floated the idea of running himself.
“Joe Biden right now is down seven points in the four swing states that will decide the next election,” Phillips said.
“He has historically low approval numbers, Chuck. About 55 percent of Democrats would like to see an alternative.”
When asked if Biden’s age had anything to do with it, Phillips said, “No, this is how the people feel.”
“I want anybody who wants to run – Joe Manchin, Cornel West, any of the governors,” Phillips said.
“That’s why we have primaries because that doesn’t undermine the likelihood of returning, in this case, a Democrat to the White House,” Phillips added.
“So that is the key. Enter the primary, my friends. Everybody who is on the bench meets the moment. Don’t wait five years. We need you now.”