Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) has endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden for president, three months after she dropped out of the race.
“We need a leader who really does care about the people and who can therefore unify the people. And I believe Joe can do that,” she said in a short video announcement posted on Twitter on March 8.
“I am supporting Joe because I believe that he is a man who has lived his life with great dignity. He is a public servant who has always worked for the best of who we are as a nation, and we need that right now.”
Biden has picked up several endorsements from former candidates as the Democratic field narrowed before and after Super Tuesday. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg dropped out and backed Biden before the March 3 battery of primaries, while former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg did so a day after.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) quit the race on March 5, but has yet to endorse a candidate. The obvious choice would be Bidens main rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), since she ran on a further-left, progressive platform similar to that of Sanders. But that would likely jeopardize her chances of becoming Bidens running mate, something Biden previously said hed consider.
Biden has also floated Harriss name in connection with the vice president post.
After Harris dropped out on Dec. 3, 2019, Biden said shes “capable of being president or vice president or on the Supreme Court or attorney general.”
Harris struck a similarly flattering tone in her written endorsement, saying “there is no one better prepared than Joe.”
“With a lifetime in public service, Joe has a proven track record of getting things done,” she said.
Harris was among the top contenders in the race around June and July, but plummeted after fellow candidate Tulsi Gabbard criticized Harriss record as a California prosecutor.
Gabbard is the only one left in the race besides Sanders and Biden. With only two pledged delegates, however, her path to victory is virtually impossible.
Harris suggested that her failure was at least partly to be blamed on voters, saying the “elephant in the room” was whether Americans were “ready for a woman and a woman of color to be president,” she told Axios.