US Senator Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday (April 15) endorsed former US Vice President Joe Biden as the Democratic presidential candidate for the November elections.
This comes a day after former US President Barack Obama officially endorsed Biden, saying that he can unify and “heal” America which is struggling through some of its darkest moments.
“In this moment of crisis, it’s more important than ever that the next president restores Americans’ faith in good, effective government—and I’ve seen Joe Biden help our nation rebuild. Today, I’m proud to endorse Joe Biden as President of the United States,” Warren tweeted, along with a video.
Now it’s up to all of us to help make @JoeBiden the next president. Let’s get to work. Go to https://t.co/HrbPj2qctA right now, and chip in your $5, make some calls, send some texts—because we are all in this together.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) April 15, 2020
Obama endorses Biden
On Tuesday (April 14), Obama took to Twitter in a nearly 12-minute video filmed at his Washington-area home and said, “Choosing Joe to be my Vice President was one of the best decisions I ever made, and he became a close friend. And I believe Joe has all the qualities we need in a President right now.”
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 14, 2020
Biden, 77, will be formally nominated by the Democratic party during the National Convention in Wisconsin in August.
With this, decks are now clear for a direct contest between Biden and incumbent President Donald Trump, who is seeking his re-election. Under US laws, an individual can serve a maximum of two four-year term.
Obama and Warren’s endorsement of Biden is expected to give a big boost to his presidential campaign at a time when questions are being raised over the handling of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic crisis that has resulted in the death of more than 23,000 Americans and have brought the country’s economy to a standstill.
“Now Joe will be a better candidate for having run the gauntlet of primaries and caucuses alongside one of the most impressive Democratic fields ever. Each of our candidates were talented and decent, with a track record of accomplishment, smart ideas, and serious visions for the future,” Obama said in his endorsement video for Biden, who served as his vice president for eight years.
Obama said, Biden was there as his administration rebuilt from the Great Recession and rescued the American auto industry.
“He was the one asking what every policy would do for the middle class and everyone striving to get into the middle class. That’s why I asked him to implement the Recovery Act, which saved millions of jobs and got people back on their feet because Joe gets stuff done, he asserted.
Obama is expected to campaign aggressively for Biden in the coming months.
Joe helped me manage H1N1 and prevent the Ebola epidemic from becoming the type of pandemic were seeing now. He helped me restore Americas standing and leadership in the world on the other threats of our time, like nuclear proliferation and climate change, he said.
Obama said Biden has the character and the experience to guide the country through one of the darkest times and heal through a long recovery.
“And I know hell surround himself with good people experts, scientists, military officials who actually know how to run the government and care about doing a good job running the government, and know how to work with our allies, and who will always put the American peoples interests above their own,” he said.
Trump vs Biden
The Trump campaign in a statement said that Obama had no other option but to endorse Biden.
“Obama spent much of the last five years urging Joe Biden not to run for president out of fear that he would embarrass himself. Now that Biden is the only candidate left in the Democrat field, Obama has no other choice but to support him,” said Brad Parscale, Trump’s 2020 Campaign Manager.
“Even Bernie Sanders beat him to it. Obama was right in the first place: Biden is a bad candidate who will embarrass himself and his party. President Trump will destroy him, Parscale said.
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Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez said that the party is now uniting around Biden.
“This is the most important election of our lifetime because Donald Trump is the most dangerous president of our lifetime. He has failed every test of presidential leadership, including during the COVID-19 pandemic, and his incompetence has cost people their jobs, their businesses, and even their lives. We need to defeat Donald Trump. And that means we cant afford to have anyone stay on the sidelines. We need everyone in this fight, working together to put Democratic leadership back in the White House and in seats down the ballot in every corner of the country,” Perez said.
Sanders supports Biden
This past week Biden emerged as the presumptive nominee, as his main rival Senator Bernie Sanders withdrew from the race. A day earlier Sanders endorsed him.
Sanders has said that it would be irresponsible for his loyalists not to support Biden, warning that progressives who sit on their hands in the months ahead would simply enable Trump’s re-election.
And lest there be any question, the 78-year-old Vermont senator confirmed that it’s probably a very fair assumption that he would not run for president again.
He added, with a laugh: “One cant predict the future.”
Sanders, who suspended his presidential bid last week, spoke at length about his decision to endorse Biden, his political future and the urgent need to unify the Democratic Party during an interview with The Associated Press.
He railed against the Republican president but also offered pointed criticism at his own supporters who have so far resisted his vow to do whatever it takes to help Biden win the presidency.
(With inputs from agencies)