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February 19, 2024

Biden Opponent Dean Phillips Announces Campaign Layoffs, Vows to Stay in Race

Democratic presidential candidate Dean Phillips announced Friday that financial difficulties have forced him to lay off "a lot" of his campaign staff.

Despite this setback, he affirmed his commitment to continue his bid for the White House.

"I found it almost impossible to raise enough to do this campaign the way I want. And today, sadly, I had to announce layoffs to a lot of my staff members," said Phillips, who currently serves as the representative for Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District in the House, in a video shared to X.

Acknowledging the sacrifices made by those he had to let go, Phillips described it as a "really tough day" for himself and his former staff members. However, he reiterated his determination to persevere in the race, emphasizing a promise he made to those affected.

"I made a promise to them, and I'm gonna make it to you," he continued. "I'm not giving up. I'm going to continue. I'm on ballots in 43 states, our country is desperate for change."

Phillips urged for unity and support from his followers, expressing optimism about the possibility of bringing hope and celebration back to America.

Speaking directly to his supporters, Phillips emphasized his commitment to continuing the journey as long as there is demand for it.

The video also included repeated appeals for financial contributions to his campaign, which has faced challenges in recent weeks as President Biden solidifies his support among Democratic voters.

"I love you all and thank you for keeping the faith," he concluded. "Join me, the Dean team, we can do it."

Phillips, who initiated a long-shot Democratic primary challenge against Biden last October, has struggled to gain traction against the incumbent president in key early-voting states.

In recent primary elections, Phillips obtained 20% of the vote in New Hampshire and faced a significant defeat in South Carolina, where Biden secured 96% of the vote. Phillips is preparing to compete against Biden once again in the Michigan Democratic primary on Feb. 27.

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