Buttigieg officially endorses Biden for president
Former presidential candidate Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE on Monday night officially endorsed former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE in the Democratic presidential race.
The former mayor of South Bend, Ind., threw his support behind Biden during a joint appearance in Dallas after suspending his own campaign Sunday.
“I’m looking for a leader,” Buttigieg said. “I’m looking for a president who will draw out what is best in each of us, and I’m encouraging everybody who was part of my campaign to join me because we have found that leader in Vice President — soon to be President — Joe Biden.”
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.@PeteButtigieg: “I’m looking for a leader. I’m looking for a president who will draw out what is best in each of us, and I’m encouraging everybody who was part of my campaign to join me because we have found that leader in Vice President – soon to be President – @JoeBiden.” pic.twitter.com/4FKvJiHVVh
— Matt Hill (@thematthill) March 3, 2020
Buttigieg said during his endorsement speech that his goal in running for president was “rallying the country together to defeat Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE and to win the era for the values that we share.”
“And that was always a goal much bigger than me becoming president, and it is in the name of that very same goal that I’m delighted to endorse and support Joe Biden for president,” he said.
He also said he hopes to bring “dignity back to the White House” and work to win “vitally important” House, Senate and local races.
“We need a politics that’s about decency, a politics that brings back decency,” he said. “And that is a politics we sought to practice in my campaign. And that’s what Joe Biden has been practicing his entire life.” The former mayor also commended Biden’s work to combat climate change and gun violence.
Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Democrats demand Republican leaders examine election challenges after Georgia voting chaos Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-Minn.), another moderate candidate, also dropped out of the race Monday with reported plans to endorse Biden.
The decision by the two to leave the race and endorse Biden clears a path in the moderate lane for the former vice president and marks a turnaround of sorts for him after a rocky start to the primary season. Biden came in fourth and fifth in Iowa and New Hampshire. But he experienced a big win in South Carolina, propelling him to second place in the delegate count and opening the door to a flood of new endorsements.
Currently, Biden has 54 delegates, while Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.), the front-runner, has 60.
Biden, Klobuchar and Buttigieg all positioned themselves as alternative moderate candidates to Sanders. But as the moderate vote remained split, Sanders surged ahead before the South Carolina primary.
Buttigieg’s endorsement comes in the day ahead of Super Tuesday, when 14 states and a territory will be voting to distribute more than a third of the delegates to candidates.