Last updated on November 14th, 2023 at 11:20 pm
Minnesota Representative Dean Phillips has thrown his hat into the ring for the 2024 presidential election. The announcement came during a pre-taped interview with CBS News, where Phillips expressed his concerns about the future of the Democratic Party and the nation. Have a look into Phillips’ campaign, with a special focus on today’s New Hampshire Filing Rally.
The Dean Phillips Announcement: “I Am. I Have To.”
Dean Phillips 54-year-old Minnesota Democrat, made his intentions clear in a CBS News interview, stating, “I am. I have to.” He elaborated on his decision by mentioning an unspecified “emergency” that the country might face in the upcoming November elections.
“I adore Joe Biden. He saved this country. But the upcoming election is about the future,” Phillips said.
In August, Phillips attempted to reach out to Biden but ended up speaking with White House Chief of Staff Jeff Zients. Zients conveyed that the administration believes Biden is the right person to win in 2024.
New Hampshire Filing Rally
Come Meet Dean Phillips and the DeanTeam at the New Hampshire Filing Rally!
- Scheduled for around 10 a.m. on Friday morning
- To be held at the New Hampshire state house in Concord
- Flyers have been circulating among New Hampshire Democratic circles
The New Hampshire Filing Rally is expected to be Phillips’ first major campaign event. A spokesperson for the New Hampshire secretary of state confirmed that Phillips’ campaign has officially scheduled his filing for the state’s Democratic primary.
WHEN: Friday, October 27, 2023 at 10 AM
WHERE: New Hampshire State House Memorial Archway, 107 Main St., Concord, NH.
RSVP: Click Here
“The rally will happen at the New Hampshire State House in Concord on Friday morning,” the spokesperson said.
Financial and Logistical Challenges
- Biden has $91 million in the bank along with the DNC
- Phillips has started making ad buys in New Hampshire
- Most major Democratic donors are already backing Biden
Phillips faces significant financial challenges, especially when compared to the war chest amassed by President Biden and the Democratic National Committee. However, he has already started making ad buys in New Hampshire, signaling his commitment to the campaign.
Phillips is being advised by former Republican strategist Steve Schmidt. He has also reserved $50,000 in ad time in New Hampshire for this week. His campaign is focusing heavily on the New Hampshire primary, and he has released an announcement video highlighting his connections to the state.
Public Reception: Mixed Feelings Among Democrats
Troy Price, the former executive director of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, shared his thoughts:
“Are folks unhappy with the president for pushing the new calendar? Yes. But are they so unhappy that they are going to go with someone they have never heard of and just got in three months before the primary? No.”
Conclusion: A Long Road Ahead
Dean Phillips has taken the first steps in what promises to be a challenging campaign. His focus on the New Hampshire Filing Rally indicates that he is serious about making a strong impression right from the start. However, with financial and logistical hurdles to overcome, only time will tell how far he can go in this race.