Rep. Dean Phillips won’t run for reelection as he sets eyes of presidential bid

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Representative Dean Phillips announced Friday that he won’t be seeking reelection in 2024 as he continues a long-shot at President Joe Biden to challenge him in presidential election.

“It’s been the most joyful experience of my life representing the most civically engaged community in the nation of Congress,” Philips said on X, formerly known as Twitter. He added that it is time for a change and the best are yet to come.

Phillips, 54, was first elected in 2018 to represent Minnesota’s 3rd district.

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In his statement, where he described his time at Congress as an “honour of a lifetime,” he said, “I know my successor will serve you with invitation, integrity, and fortitude – because you will demand it – and all Americans deserve it.”

Last month, Phillips started his presidential campaign joining Marianne Williamson in the Democratic field against Biden.

Despite the criticism from Democrats, that his attempt will tarnish the president’s image in general elections, Phillips has painted himself as a younger alternative of the 81-year-old commander in chief.

Biden’s campaign has so far mostly ignored Phillips’ primary attempt, who has managed to achieve little support in early primary polls so far.