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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who previously competed in the Democratic primary, endorsed former vice president Joe Biden Wednesday in a tweeted video message, and stated she was “proud” to do so.
“Empathy matters. And in this moment of crisis, it is more important than ever that the next president restores Americans faith in good, effective government,” Warren said in the video message. “Joe Biden has spent nearly his entire life in public service. He knows that a government run with integrity, competence and heart will save lives and save livelihoods.”
She continued, “When you’re in the fight with Joe at your side, you know you have a partner who’s committed to getting something good done for this country…He is committed to the fight for social, racial and economic justice. Joe Biden will lead a government that works for the American people.”
Warren then urged Democrats to unite together and vote for Biden, even if they do not agree with all of his policies, as it is the only way to stop President Donald Trump from being re-elected.
“We can’t afford to let Donald Trump continue to endanger the lives and livelihoods of every American,” Warren remarked. “And now it’s up to all of us to help make Joe Biden the next president of the United States.”
In the video message, she also commended Biden’s willingness to listen to other perspectives.
“Among all the other candidates I competed with in the Democratic primary, there’s no one I’ve agreed with a hundred percent of the time over the years. But one thing I appreciate about Joe Biden is he will always tell you where he stands,” Warren noted. “When you disagree, he’ll listen. And not just listen, but really hear you and treat you with respect no matter where you’re coming from. And he’s shown throughout this campaign that when you come up with new facts or a good argument, he’s not too afraid or too proud to be persuaded.”
After Warren dropped out of the presidential race on March 5, she and Biden have been engaging in talks about his policies, and how they can be improved. On March 22, Biden tweeted that he would “forgive a minimum of $10,000/person of federal student loans, as proposed by Senator Warren.”
Biden has since responded to her endorsement in a written statement:
“We know how much work it will take to come through this crisis, and I am proud to have Senator Warren in my corner for the fight ahead — not just as we work to defeat Donald Trump in November, but in the years to come, as we push through a bold and progressive policy agenda for the American people.”
Warren’s announcement comes after other major Democratic figures, including Sen. Bernie Sanders, declared their endorsement for Biden.
Sanders, although previously competing against Biden in the Democratic primary, quit his campaign last week and stated he was backing Biden.
“We need you in the White House,” Sanders told Biden. “I will do all that I can to see that that happens, Joe.”
On Tuesday, former president Barack Obama also declared he is endorsing Biden in a video message, saying Biden has “all the qualities we need in a president right now.” “Choosing Joe to be my vice president was one of the best decisions I ever made and he became a close friend,” Obama emphasized. “Through all his trials, he’s never once forgotten the values or moral fiber that his parents passed on to him, and made him who he is.”
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