Another Minnesota Democrat distances herself from Biden ahead of midterms 

A poll released earlier this week shows 55% of Minnesota voters have an unfavorable opinion of President Biden.

Angie Craig speaks at a campaign event in Apple Valley in 2018. (Lorie Shaull/Flickr)

A Democrat representing Minnesota’s most competitive congressional district is distancing herself from President Joe Biden, whose approval rating is underwater both locally and nationally.

Rep. Angie Craig told MinnPost this week that she’s in “lockstep” with her Democratic colleague Rep. Dean Phillips, who said last week he wants a “new generation” of leaders in 2024.

“I think Dean Phillips and I are in lockstep and alignment with that and I’m going to do everything in my power as a member of Congress to make sure that we have a new generation of leadership,” Craig told the outlet.

She was then asked directly if she thinks the president should run again.

“I would say we need new leaders in Washington up and down the ballot in the Democratic Party,” she said.

Craig wasn’t as blunt as Phillips. “No,” the congressman told WCCO Radio when asked if he thinks the aging president should seek a second term.

Several other national Democrats have declined to endorse a second Biden term, according to the Daily Caller News Foundation.

A poll released earlier this week shows 55% of Minnesota voters have an unfavorable opinion of President Biden. This is identical to national polling trends.

Things may be even worse for Biden in Craig’s Second Congressional District. A poll from May had 57% of Second District voters disapproving of the president.

Craig is seeking a third term in Congress in a rematch against Republican Tyler Kistner, who lost to the incumbent by just over 2% in 2020. The Second District was represented by Republicans for about 18 years until Craig’s victory over Jason Lewis in 2018.