In advance of Saturday’s official “Biden for President Kickoff Rally” in Philadelphia, the former vice president and Delaware senator announced that the City of Brotherly Love (and broken Sixers dreams) would host his national campaign operations.
The Philadelphia Inquirer was first to report the news, publishing a statement by Biden campaign manager Greg Schultz:
“We’re proud to anchor our campaign in the birthplace of American democracy,” said Schultz. “Philadelphia is a thriving city and a testament to the American spirit, built by the ingenuity and tenacity of ordinary people who did extraordinary things. Its storied history and celebrated diversity will serve as an inspiration for Team Biden, and is the ideal setting to continue our fight for the soul of this nation.”
TSD had earlier reported that both Wilmington and Philadelphia were in the running for the campaign HQ, but Pennsylvania’s largest city has already played a prominent role in the Biden effort, hosting his first fundraiser and this weekend’s planned launch event on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The Center City campaign offices will initially house a team of 50 staffers.
Biden’s Pennsylvania roots have featured prominently in his biography and pitch to Democrat voters that he alone can carry the Keystone State in a general election contest with President Donald J. Trump, and he enjoys the support of major PA Democrats including former governor, and Philadelphia mayor Ed Rendell.
In a video message announcing Saturday’s rally, the former vice president said Philadelphia was chosen as the kickoff location because it is “the city that originally brought our country together,” giving his actual home state a shout out saying that “our many friends from Delaware, Pennsylvania and across the country to officially launch this campaign.” Biden owns two homes in Delaware, one in Greenville and another in Rehoboth Beach.
Biden communications director Bill Russo (a presumptive Philadelphian) tweeted his delight at the campaign HQ location with a bit of Philly patois: