Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden for president on Friday. It was the first endorsement from a senator for months.
Kaine, 62, was the Democratic vice presidential candidate in 2016. He and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump.
“America is afflicted by a President who delights in division, cruelty, lies, and chaos. We deserve better in the Oval Office,” Kaine said in a statement.
“In Virginias primary, I will proudly vote for Joe Biden. Joe has exemplary heart, character, and experience—and hes a leader our kids can look up to.”
Kaine chose to endorse Biden, 77, over several of his colleagues in the U.S. Senate who are vying for the Democratic nomination. Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), 70, Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), 78, and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), 59, remain in the race.
Kaine cited Bidens experience as vice president during President Barack Obamas administration, asserting that Biden and Obama worked “to rescue the American economy from catastrophe, expand health care to millions of people, revive creative diplomacy to keep Americans safe, tackle global challenges like climate change, and appoint high-quality people across the executive and judicial branches of our government.”
As a senator during the time period, Kaine said he saw first-hand Bidens role in the accomplishments of the administration.
Biden has frequently cited his work during the eight years he and Obama were in office while on the campaign trail. Obama hasnt made an endorsement in the primary.
Most Democratic senators have refrained from making endorsements but several earlier in the year announced who they were supporting. Sens. Chris Coons (D-Del.), Doug Jones (D-Ala.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Robert Casey (D-Penn.), and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) all said last year they would back Biden.
The in-state colleagues of the three senators still vying for the nomination made endorsements last year. Read More – Source