Setting up shop.
First reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer this morning, former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign announced that his 2020 presidential campaign headquarters will be in Philadelphia.
Reports of Biden considering Philadelphia date back to at least one month ago right before the former VP officially jumped in the race.
“We’re proud to anchor our campaign in the birthplace of American democracy,” said a statement to The Inquirer from Greg Schultz, Biden’s campaign manager. “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.”
The Inquirer reports the headquarters will be located in Center City and have around 50 staffers to start, although the number could grow as the campaign progresses.
This news breaks just two days prior to Biden’s official campaign kickoff rally at Eakins Oval in Philadelphia.
The Scranton native has already made multiple campaign related stops in the state and racked up numerous endorsements along the way.
Biden’s first public event as a declared candidate was at a Teamster Hall in Pittsburgh. He attended a Biden for President fundraiser in Philadelphia at the home of Comcast exec David L. Cohen the day he launched his campaign.
Sen. Bob Casey and Reps. Brendan Boyle (D-Philadelphia), Matt Cartwright (D-Lackawanna), and Dwight Evans (D-Philadelphia) have all pledged their support for Biden’s bid thus far.