By Alison Predominant and Arit John | CNN
2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang endorsed US Rep. Dean Phillips’ bid for president whereas campaigning with the Minnesota Democrat right here Thursday.
“On this time of want, just one particular person determined to position his nation above his skilled aspirations, put his conviction above the chattering class, and that’s the man I’m proud to endorse tonight as the following president of america, three-term congressman from Minnesota Dean Phillips,” Yang mentioned at a marketing campaign occasion.
Phillips has adopted insurance policies supported by Yang, who unsuccessfully sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020 and the New York Metropolis mayorship the next 12 months. These embody Medicare for All and Common Fundamental Earnings pilot packages as Phillips tries to attraction to progressive voters in his long-shot problem to President Joe Biden.
The Minnesota congressman has additionally introduced on left-leaning senior marketing campaign employees, together with marketing campaign supervisor Zach Graumann, who ran Yang’s 2020 marketing campaign, and senior advisor, Jeff Weaver, who labored on Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2016 and 2020 presidential bids.
Yang mentioned in 2021 that he was “breaking apart” with the Democratic Occasion and registering as an impartial.
The New Hampshire Democratic main takes place Tuesday, however the nationwide celebration has mentioned that no delegates can be awarded primarily based on the first as the competition is noncompliant with the Democratic Nationwide Committee’s revamped nominating calendar.
Whereas Biden didn’t register for the New Hampshire main, state Democrats have mounted a low-key write-in marketing campaign on his behalf.
A CNN ballot launched earlier this month discovered that 69% of probably New Hampshire Democratic main voters deliberate to write down in Biden’s identify, and simply 7% mentioned they deliberate to vote for Phillips. One other 6% mentioned they’d vote for writer Marianne Williamson.
Phillips’ marketing campaign has been laser-focused on the Granite State, the place he’s hoping to kickstart his bid with Biden absent from the poll there. He instructed reporters earlier this week that ending in double digits in New Hampshire could be a “heck of begin.”
“If I’m someplace within the 20s, I’ll be thrilled,” he mentioned Monday. “We’re simply starting this marketing campaign.”
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