Dean Phillips denies his candidacy weakened Biden

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Title: Minnesota Rep. Dean Phillips Dispels Concerns Over Biden’s Political Strength Post-Primary Challenges

Minnesota Representative Dean Phillips, who recently ended his long-shot Democratic primary challenge to President Joe Biden, denied on Thursday any weakening effect his campaign had on Biden’s political standing. In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on “The Lead,” Phillips expressed optimism regarding Biden’s electability and strength going forward.

Phillips, who questioned Biden’s ability to win the November elections and serve a second term during his campaign, stated that Biden had done exceptionally well in the Democratic primaries. He emphasized that it was now crucial for Americans with concerns about Biden to support his reelection, as the alternative would be the potential return of Donald Trump.

Phillips clarified that he had never challenged Biden’s mental acuity or cognition but admitted that Biden faced electoral challenges, as evident in polling data showing him trailing Trump in general election matchups. He urged skeptics to consider the stakes and take a chance on Biden, a man of principle, experience, and wisdom.

An ABC News/Ipsos poll conducted the previous month had found that 86% of Americans believed Biden was too old to serve another term as president. Phillips reiterated that he was not concerned about Biden’s age-related decline and emphasized that the president still made good decisions, which is what truly mattered.

Throughout his campaign, Phillips had been vocal about Biden’s age and capacity concerns. However, upon exiting the race on Wednesday and endorsing Biden, he acknowledged the need to reassure skeptics and mobilize support for the president. He hoped that his mission would be to convince those with concerns about Biden to focus on the bigger picture and understand the importance of electing a competent leader.

Following Phillips’ departure from the presidential race, Biden publicly acknowledged his support through Website social media integration and welcomed him to the team. Phillips expressed hope that the president would display vigor during his State of the Union address, as well as address policy proposals to tackle the “cost issues” and “chaos issues” that Americans were facing.

Phillips, a descendant of a Minnesota distilling business and former chairman of Talenti Gelato, announced last fall that he would not seek reelection to his Minneapolis-area House seat this year. On Thursday, he reported receiving warm reactions from Democratic colleagues on Capitol Hill, who had previously been critical of his campaign.

When asked about critics accusing him of narcissism for challenging Biden, Phillips responded that if anyone perceived the campaign as a selfish endeavor, they were mistaken. He acknowledged burning bridges in Washington but accused critics of being disconnected from the rest of the country and not understanding the collective sentiment towards Biden’s age and electability.

Throughout his campaign, Phillips faced criticism for his messaging, with some Democrats labeling him narcissistic for challenging Biden. He struggled to gain traction in Democratic nominating contests and failed to win any, including his home state of Minnesota on Super Tuesday. Despite these setbacks, Phillips emphasized the importance of remaining focused on the bigger picture and electing a leader capable of addressing the challenges Americans faced.