MANCHESTER, N.H. — For two hours, Dean Phillips sat at a Democratic Party dinner here as one top party official after another rose to fete his opponent, Joe Biden, and encourage voters to write in the president’s name on next month’s ballot.
The longshot presidential candidate was among some 500 Democrats at a downtown Manchester event hall for the party’s Eleanor Roosevelt Dinner. And all around him were attendees sporting “write-in Joe Biden” stickers.
On stage, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) told the audience to make “the nation’s first primary the very first victory for the Biden-Harris campaign.” House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, the event’s headliner, started his speech by noting “there’s an important primary next month.” To make his point — that people should write in Biden’s name — he held up a pen “in case anyone needs.”
Off to the side, Rep. Annie Kuster (D-N.H.), was asked about Phillips presence there. “I can’t imagine that there’s anybody here that even cares,” she said, sporting a write-in sticker on her pink blazer.