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06 Mar 2024, 8:48 pm


Rep. Dean Phillips (D-Minn.) announced that he was suspending his campaign following a poor showing on Super Tuesday.

His decision puts an end to a campaign that attacked President Joe Biden’s age and electability but failed to draw substantial support from Democratic voters.

Phillips said he was endorsing Biden’s reelection.

“Clearly and convincingly Democratic primary voters have opined that I’m not that guy,” he told The Chad Hartman Show. Though Phillips didn’t back away from some of his criticisms of the president he did argue that it was a fundamental necessity to keep him in the White House.

“I invite, I encourage and will do everything humanly possible to ensure Joe Biden’s reelection this November,” he said.

Phillips’ strategy depended on a better-than-expected showing in New Hampshire’s January contest, but he earned just under 20 percent there, and sputtered in South Carolina and many states after. His decision to challenge Biden in the first place transformed him from a rising star in Congress into a pariah with much of the Democratic Party, which saw his candidacy as an act of sabotage.

Phillips, a businessperson and heir to a liquor fortune, put $5 million of his own funds into the race. Two super PACs backing Phillips’ candidacy spent a combined $3.9M on independent expenditures, with the bulk of that targeting New Hampshire. But the campaign pulled back spending and resources following his poor showing in South Carolina.

Phillips jumped into the race in October, arguing that while he respected Biden, the president was at serious risk of losing to former President Donald Trump. As the campaign went on, Phillips became more critical of Biden and the Democratic Party. But Phillips gained no traction, even as Biden’s general-election polling against Trump looks increasingly bleak.

In one instance, Phillips even called Biden a threat to democracy because the president and his allies did not speak out against certain state parties keeping the congress member off the ballot.

Phillips seemed to oscillate throughout the race between appealing to the left and the party’s center. He signed onto a Medicare-for-All bill and criticized Biden for not embracing marijuana legalization. At the same time, he knocked Biden from the right on issues such as border security.

That mixed approach, along with his reputation as a moderate Democrat who was a member of the Problem Solvers Caucus, left many progressives distrustful of Phillips.

An episode involving “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” efforts during Phillips’ campaign did not help matters. Phillips took a reference to DEI off his website after winning support from a major financial supporter who was publicly critical of the initiative.

Phillips briefly flirted with appearing on the third-party “No Labels” ticket. However, his chief strategist later said that would not happen and Phillips himself walked it back.

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08 Mar 2024, 6:55 am

He is also Dear Abby's grandson.

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08 Mar 2024, 10:08 am

Never heard of him. But then again I don't spend all of my time on obscure US politics - I just see the headlines about the stupid s**t trumplestiltskin or biden say/do, every once in a while interrupted by the stupid s**t trudeau does here in Canada.

No :heart: for supporting trump. Because doing so is deplorable.