Billionaire Bill Ackman backs Dean Phillips to challenge Joe Biden

Billionaire Bill Ackman said he’s contributing $1 million to support Minnesota Representative Dean Phillips to become the Democratic nominee in the 2024 presidential election.
Phillips is a long-shot challenger to President Joe Biden in his reelection bid. But with polls showing sagging support for the president against leading Republican rival Donald Trump, some are seeking alternative candidates.
“I am doing so because I believe that Dean Phillips would be a truly outstanding President of the United States, and I believe he has a credible path to winning the nomination despite what the oddsmakers may think,” Ackman, 57, said in a post on the social media platform X late Saturday.
“My best and favorite investments come from a deep understanding of the importance of asymmetry, that is, by understanding the potential risk and reward, and making sure that the reward overwhelming compensates for the risk. I have made some great asymmetric investments at Pershing Square, and also personally in start ups,” Ackman said.
Ackman’s support of Phillips, 54, amplifies some of the worst fears of the Biden campaign: Donors and voters are unenthusiastic about reelecting the 81-year-old president. The activist investor has previously said that Biden’s legacy will suffer if he runs again and that he should step aside to make room for a younger generation of Democratic leaders.
Ackman, who has donated to both Republicans and Democrats in recent years, is giving the money to a political action committee that supports Phillips. The contribution is “by far the largest investment I have ever made in someone running for office,” he said. He added in another post that he was “not opposed to voting for a Republican” and would vote for Phillips whatever the ticket he was on.
He joins a small but growing group of prominent supporters for Phillips. Mike Novogratz, chief executive officer of Galaxy Investment Partners, announced in December he plans to support Phillips.
“As Dean rises in the polls and Biden deteriorates, the Democratic party is going to having to choose a candidate that can beat the Republican nominee,” Ackman wrote in his post. “If by then, as I expect, Dean is polling substantially better than Biden against Trump, I predict that the party will choose Dean Phillips over Biden. The party will have no choice.”
A University of New Hampshire poll released Januart 9 showed Biden notching 69% among likely primary voters in the state, while Phillips had 7%.
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