(PartiallyPolitics.com) – Andrew Yang, known for his 2020 presidential run, recently endorsed Rep. Dean Phillips, a Democrat from Minnesota, as a fresh choice for the Democratic presidential candidate, moving away from a potential Biden-Trump rematch. Yang, while speaking to voters in New Hampshire, highlighted the need for new leadership, different from the anticipated Biden vs. Trump scenario.
Phillips, regarded as a moderate and an underdog for the Democratic nomination, joined Yang in New Hampshire for primary campaigning. At a joint event at Dartmouth College in Hanover, Yang formally introduced and endorsed Phillips.
During the endorsement, Yang pointed out that prominent Democratic figures like Governors Gavin Newsom, Gretchen Whitmer, and J.B. Pritzker have not entered the presidential race, likely due to President Biden’s intention to seek reelection. He emphasized the importance of seizing the moment to run for president, praising Phillips for prioritizing his country over personal ambitions.
Yang acknowledged his support for President Biden in the 2020 campaign but expressed that the past four years had not met expectations, which led to his support for Phillips. He described Biden as a substantial leader and a good man, suitable for the 2020 election, but not the right choice for 2024.
Citing Biden’s age and low approval ratings, Yang argued that it is challenging for the president, at 81, to campaign vigorously and connect with new voters. He also referenced polls showing Biden trailing Trump in swing states, whereas a generic Democrat would fare better against Trump.
Yang concluded by highlighting Phillips’ independence from special interests and his appeal to independent voters, essential for winning elections. He portrayed Phillips as the right candidate for the current political moment, capable of preventing a Trump comeback and resonating with what Americans, especially independents, seek in a leader.
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