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Buttigieg, Klobuchar, ORourke Endorse Biden Ahead of Super Tuesday

Former Vice President Joe Biden won endorsements from a trio of former rivals, at least one of which he promised a position in the White House if he assumes office.

Biden, 77, floundered in the first three voting states but notched a decisive victory in South Carolina, setting the stage for a competitive Super Tuesday contest with the few remaining contenders.

Appearing in Texas on Monday night just hours before voters were set to head to the polls, Biden was endorsed by former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg. The former vice president said earlier Monday that he indicated to his former rival that hed be part of a Biden administration.

Speaking to supporters in Dallas, Buttigieg, 38, told them that Biden was the best person to defeat President Donald Trump, 73, who is running for reelection. Biden, Buttigieg said, would also ensure Democrats keep their majority in the House of Representatives and win back the Senate.

“Weve got to do it in a way that starts to change the toxic and divisive nature of our politics right now. We cant go on like this,” he said.

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Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) addresses a rally at The Saint Paul River Centre in Saint Paul, Minnesota, on March 2, 2020. (Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images)

“We need a politics thats about decency, politics that brings back dignity. And that is what we sought to practice in my campaign. Thats what Joe Biden has been practicing his entire life. So what we see right now is an opportunity not just to meet that imperative of getting a new and better president, but of doing it with a leader who will practice that way of rallying people together with ideas that are big enough to unite the American people of all generations,” he added.

While vice president or senator, Biden has delivered on issues including climate change and gun violence, Buttigieg said.

Klobuchar, 59, who abruptly ended her campaign on Monday, said that her supporters could feel comfortable voting for Biden.

“If you feel tired of the noise and the nonsense and our politics, and if you are tired of the extremes, you have a home with me. And I think you know you have a home with Joe Biden,” she said.

She also promoted the idea that Biden is the candidate best positioned to defeat Trump.

“Joe Biden has dedicated his life to fighting for people. Not for the rich and the powerful, but for the mom, for the farmer, for the dreamer, for the builder, for the veteran. He can bring our country together and build that coalition of our fired up Democratic base—and it is fired up—as well as independents and moderate Republicans,” Klobuchar told the crowd. “Because we do not in our party want to just eke by a victory, we want to win big and Joe Biden can do that.”

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks after former Rep. Beto ORourke (D-Texas) endorsed him at a campaign rally in Dallas on March 2, 2020. (Richard W. Rodriguez/AP Photo)

ORourke, 47, who dropped out of the race last year, called Biden “the antithesis” of Trump, calling the former vice president “decent,” “caring,” and “empathetic.”

“At a time that this country is so polarized, so deeply divided, we need somebody who can bring us together and heal us. We need somebody who can reestablish the moral authority of the United States. We need somebody who will fight for democracy here and abroad because democracy is under attack here and abroad. We need Joe Biden,” he said.

Trump during his own rally in Charlotte on Monday night said that Buttigieg and Klobuchar dropping out and endorsing Biden amounted to a “quid pro quo.”

“Its being rigged now against Crazy Bernie,” Trump said. “I think Crazy Bernie is going to be even more crazy when he sees what theyre doing. I could have called it a long time ago.”

Both the former mayor and current senator “made a deal” with Biden, the president said.

“You know. Quid pro quo. Thats why,” Trump said. “Quid quo pro. Impeach them! They should be impeached!”

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Democratic presidential candidate, former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg speaks during a Fox News town hall in Manassas, Virginia, on March 2, 2020. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Bidens main rivals in the race are Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), 78, and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), 73, and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, 78. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), 38, is also still in the running.

Sanders spoke to crowds in Los Angeles and Saint Paul, Minnesota, on Monday, urging them to vote and championing some of his campaign promises, including a $15 an hour minimum wage.

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