Former Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden in the 2020 race on Thursday.
“I believe Joe Biden is the President our country desperately needs right now, not because Ive known Joe so long, but because I know Joe so well,” Kerry said in a statement transmitted through the Biden campaign.
“Through it all, Ive seen Joe tested in public service and tested in life itself. I know his character. I know the measure of a person who never stopped fighting for millions of Americans even as his beloved son was losing a heartbreaking battle with cancer. Joes strength and his moral center are inspiring. But so are his skills as a leader,” Kerry said.
“I dont endorse lightly. Joe and I both got into public service to make our country fairer for people and make the world safer. Ive watched Joe do exactly that as a senator, statesman, and vice president.”
“Joe will defeat Donald Trump next November. Hes the candidate with the wisdom and standing to fix what Trump has broken, to restore our place in the world, and improve the lives of working people here at home,” he added.
Kerry was the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, a longtime Senator, and secretary of state during part of the Obama administration.
Its one of the highest-profile endorsements for anyone in the race and could help Biden, 77, allay concerns that President Barack Obama hasnt endorsed him as of yet.
Kerry will join Biden in Iowa as he campaigns on Friday and they will travel together to New Hampshire over the weekend, Bidens campaign said. Kerry said in a statement on Twitter that he was “proud to head back to Iowa tomorrow to campaign with my friend Joe.”
Proud to head back to Iowa tomorrow to campaign with my friend Joe. Im not endorsing Joe because Ive known him for so long, but because I know him so well: hell be ready on day one to put back together the country and the Read More – Source