Rep. Dean Phillips’ White House bid is leaving at least one of his colleagues dumbfounded.
“Everyone’s got the right to run, but I’m sorry, I have no idea what he is running on that is different from what President Biden is running on,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) said Sunday during an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Phillips launched his longshot bid in New Hampshire on Friday, pointing to polls that show voters are wary of a Biden rematch with former President Donald Trump in 2024.
“I believe that the president is one of the few — one of the few — Democrats that can lose to Donald Trump, and that’s why somebody has got to compete,” Phillips told POLITICO on Friday. “I’m ready. I’m very ready.”
But the three-term Minnesota congressman and millionaire businessman isn’t getting much support from within the party — including in his home state.
“He took the same bold stances that President Biden has taken in this country on domestic issues. And I really don’t see what he is doing,” Jayapal said Sunday, adding that she supports Biden’s reelection bid.