Biden heads to Minnesota hog and soybean farm home state of his new primary challenger Dean Phillips: White House insists stop is nothing to do with new rival who is facing exile from the Democrats

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  • Biden heads to Minnesota to sojourn a workplace and talk astir his agrarian agenda
  • Rep. Dean Phillips (D-Minn.) revenge to tally successful New Hampshire statesmanlike primary 

By Geoff Earle, Deputy U.S. Political Editor For

Published: 11:32 EDT, 1 November 2023 | Updated: 11:53 EDT, 1 November 2023

President Joe Biden heads to a Minnesota workplace Wednesday successful a travel wherever he will tout agrarian investments and that his White House squad insists has thing to do pinch his caller superior challenger who conscionable happens to hail from nan Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Biden's travel puts him backmost connected nan roadworthy amid a brewing world situation overseas and an unexpected bump successful his roadworthy to nan Democratic statesmanlike nomination. Last week, Rep. Dean Phillips, who represents nan state's 3rd congressional district, revenge to tally against Biden successful nan New Hampshire primary.

Biden, pinch much than $71 cardinal successful his run war-chest, ordinarily mightiness not person to sweat a situation from a third-term Democrat who has backed overmuch of his argumentation agenda. 

But Biden helped rearrange nan Democratic superior schedule this year, and arsenic a consequence of New Hampshire jumping nan weapon connected Democratic Party almanac rules, his sanction won't look connected nan ballot. That forces his statement to shape a write-in run to debar nan imaginable humiliation of a nonaccomplishment to Phillips. The state's superior is expected to subordinate a party-sanctioned almanac that lets South Carolina break contented and spell first.

Down connected nan farm: President Biden heads to agrarian Minnesota Wednesday. His travel comes aft Minnesota Democratic Rep. Dean Phillips announced he is moving against Biden successful New Hampshire

Asked Tuesday if nan sojourn had thing to do pinch Phillips, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre erstwhile again invoked nan Hatch Act arsenic a shield.

'I said this past week, and I'll opportunity this again: We are very proud of – aliases very thrilled and thankful to – to nan Congressman for voting pinch nan President almost 100 percent of nan clip successful nan past 2 years, and I'll time off it there,' she said.

 The Hatch Act limits politicking connected authorities spot aliases connected authorities time.

Instead, Jean-Pierre said nan travel was astir pushing Biden's agrarian schedule – while failing to mention Biden besides has a fundraiser scheduled pinch a Democratic hedge funder group for Minneapolis earlier his return trip. 

'The President says this each nan time. He's nan president for everyone. Again, I conscionable said this astatine nan apical earlier erstwhile I was answering this mobility to 1 of your colleagues. It doesn't matter if it's a reddish state, bluish authorities -- it doesn't matter. He is simply a president for everyone,' she said. 

The travel comes days aft Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) announced he was challenging Biden successful New Hampshire

U.S. President Joe Biden visits a family workplace successful Kankakee, Illinois, U.S., May 11, 2022. He is group to beryllium backmost connected nan workplace successful Minnesota Wednesday

'So, it is important. It’s not nan first clip he's going to a agrarian area to talk to Americans there. And so, he's going to do that tomorrow and talk astir what he's done connected behalf of this community, but connected behalf of Americans crossed nan country,' said Jean-Pierre.

She called Biden a 'president for everyone.' 

'You know, conscionable arsenic he goes to municipality parts of nan country, suburban parts of nan country, to besides sojourn agrarian areas of nan state too,' she said.

Phillips is experiencing his ain problems. Democrats from his authorities person been lining up down Biden. And Rep. James C. Clyburn (D-South Carolina) accused him of not 'respecting' nan caput of nan statement by going against nan caller calendar.

Biden is expected to denote $5 cardinal successful costs to thief agrarian areas combat ambiance change.

He is expected to speak astatine Dutch Creek Farms successful nan municipality of Northfield. Its operators grow maize and soybeans, while raising hogs, 1 of galore livestock animals known to lend to methane emissions. The workplace operators besides return efforts to sequester carbon, nan benignant of biology inaugural nan management is promoting done billions successful Inflation Reduction Act legislation.

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