Rep. Dean Phillips (D-Minn.) filed paperwork Thursday night to participate in the 2024 Democratic primaries for president.
Phillips is a late entrant in the race for the White House who adds another name for voters to consider, as The Epoch Times reported.
The 54-year-old candidate is now the only known Jewish candidate for president in the United States. Additionally, he is anticipated to submit paperwork for the New Hampshire primary.
Phillips was among the first Democrats to condemn the Hamas attacks on Israeli civilians on October 7 and has criticized fellow Democrats for anti-Semitic remarks. In 2019, he demanded an apology from Rep. Ilhan Omar, a fellow Democrat from Minnesota, for her remarks condemning Americans who support Israel.
Additionally, he is the grandson of the legendary Dear Abby columnist Abigail Van Buren, aka Pauline Phillips, whose column is currently written by his mother, Jeanne Phillips.
Phillips, the former CEO of a popular ice cream brand, has also challenged President Joe Biden and recently questioned his mental capacity to lead the Democratic Party and the nation.
The filing confirms nearly a month's worth of rumors that Phillips was considering a presidential run.
In protest of President Biden's decision to seek re-election, he resigned as co-chair of the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee at the end of September.
Earlier in August, the three-term Democrat told CNN that there are "ample well-prepared, competent people of great character" who could challenge Biden for the party nomination.
Before Phillips even announced his candidacy, the Biden campaign had already begun to minimize his importance as a competitor.
“When it comes to President Biden’s official work, the administration appreciates that Congressman Phillips has voted for nearly 100% of the president’s legislative agenda,” White House spokesman Andrew Bates said in a released statement earlier this week.
His entry into the race comes just days after President Biden confirmed rumors he would not file paperwork to appear on the New Hampshire primary ballot in 2024.
President Biden's campaign released a letter stating that while "he would like to appear" on the New Hampshire ballot, he "is obligated" to comply with the new primary calendar established by the Democratic National Convention (DNC).
New Hampshire Democrat leaders, who initially criticized President Biden for interfering with the state's FITN ranking and not conducting local campaigning there, now predict that he will win the New Hampshire primary as a write-in candidate.
"NH voters know and trust Joe Biden, that's why he is leading Trump in NH by double digits," New Hampshire Democratic Party chairman Ray Buckley said in a statement.