Dean Phillips to File ‘Delusional’ Presidential Run Against Joe Biden – New Hampshire is set to witness a new entrant into the 2024 presidential race as Representative Dean Phillips, a Democrat hailing from Minnesota, will officially file his candidacy on Friday. The New Hampshire secretary of state’s office confirmed that Phillips, a three-term House Democrat, is scheduled to file his candidacy at 10 a.m. on the last day for candidates to secure a spot on the ballot, as reported by CBS News.
Phillips has been mulling a possible presidential bid for months and has been an advocate for a competitive Democratic primary instead of an uncontested nomination for President Joe Biden.
While he has expressed admiration for Biden’s presidential performance, Phillips believes it’s time for the party and the nation to usher in a new generation of leaders.
At present, President Biden faces only minor opposition for the Democratic nomination, primarily from author Marianne Williamson. However, Williamson’s campaign has struggled to gain traction in the polls, and her fundraising efforts have been lackluster.
Phillips’s presidential aspirations may face significant challenges, as he is up against an incumbent president and has relatively low national name recognition.
The politician stepped down from his position in Democratic leadership in the House a few weeks ago, where he had served as co-chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee. He had previously encouraged other Democrats to consider challenging Biden.
According to CBS News, Phillips plans to focus on New Hampshire initially and will decide on his next steps based on his performance in the state. The Hill has reached out to Phillips for further comments.
Phillips’s candidacy announcement comes shortly after it was confirmed that President Biden’s name will not appear on the ballot for the New Hampshire primary. This decision is attributed to guidance from the Democratic National Committee. Nevertheless, voters still have the option to write in Biden’s name on the ballot.
Environmental lawyer and anti-vaccine activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. had been running in the Democratic primary until a recent decision to shift his bid to an independent campaign.
What The Experts Told Us
Adam Bruton, a Senior Researcher at the London-based intelligence firm Winter Circle Ltd told 19FortyFive that: “Phillips seems to be a fairly mainstream Democrat, but he is delusional if he thinks he can win or even make much of a splash, but saying that I do not think this bid is an ego project for him.
“Like many Democrats, I think he is concerned about Biden’s age and unpopularity and thinks the Dems need someone at the helm who can win more easily. Policy wise the dude appears to be slightly to the right of Biden but it’s a minuscule difference, like comparing Clinton and Obama.
“I doubt Phillips will get far simply because it is a very hard sell to reject an incumbent president when your entire platform is ‘I’ll do exactly the same as him but I’m younger’”.
Georgia Gilholy is a journalist based in the United Kingdom who has been published in Newsweek, The Times of Israel, and the Spectator. Gilholy writes about international politics, culture, and education.
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