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Phillips Calls for Democrats to “Wake Up” Despite Biden’s Huge Victory in Carolina Primary

After a commanding victory by President Joe Biden in the South Carolina Democratic primary, Rep. Dean Phillips remains adamant that the Democratic Party needs new leadership, despite Biden securing over 96% of the vote against contenders including Phillips himself and Marianne Williamson.

Biden’s Dominant Victory

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The South Carolina primary solidified Biden’s position within the Democratic Party, showcasing his strong support base as he won an overwhelming majority of the votes.

Phillips’ Persistent Challenge

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Despite the clear preference for Biden among Democratic voters in South Carolina, Phillips used a Sunday MSNBC appearance to reiterate his belief that Biden is not the right choice for the Democratic Party moving forward.

Economic Concerns Highlighted

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Phillips highlighted the economic struggles faced by many Americans.

He said, “Americans are really suffering right now. 60% living paycheck to paycheck, 40% don’t have $400 in the bank,” Phillips said. “And here we have the president in our party saying GDP growth is up, job growth is great. People are frustrated and they are fearful and they’re seeing wars around the world.”

A Call for Change

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The Minnesota congressman, despite acknowledging his respect for Biden, argued that the president should have passed on the opportunity for re-election in favor of fresh Democratic leadership.

Wake Up Call

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“Jimmy Carter was at 58% in January of 1980,” Phillips said as he referenced the former Democratic president’s standing before he eventually lost reelection later that year.

“Joe Biden’s at 38%. I’m just trying to wake up our party.”

Polling Worries

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Phillips pointed to national and swing state polls that suggest a competitive race between Biden and Trump if both were to face off again. “We are the Progressive Party. We should be moving forward. I see the writing on the wall,” he added.

Progressive Vision

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Emphasizing the need for progress, Phillips critiqued the current direction of the Democratic Party and called for a shift towards more forward-thinking leadership.

Long Shot Candidacy

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Announced in October, Phillips’ presidential bid has struggled to gain significant momentum or alter the trajectory of the primary race, despite Biden’s fluctuating approval ratings.

Party Tensions

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Phillips’ decision to run has sparked debate within the Democratic Party, with figures like Sen. John Fetterman dismissing his campaign as beneficial for Trump’s political ambitions.

Electoral Performance

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Phillips’ efforts in the South Carolina primary culminated in a third-place finish, garnering less than 2% of the vote and trailing behind both Biden and Williamson.

Democratic Discontent

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Phillips’ candidacy has puzzled many of his House Democratic colleagues, with some openly criticizing his challenge to Biden as futile and unlikely to have a significant impact on the primary race.

An Uphill Battle

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Despite the apparent odds against him, Phillips continues to advocate for a new direction for the Democratic Party, urging his fellow Democrats to reconsider their support for Biden amid a political landscape fraught with challenges and uncertainties.

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