As of Wednesday morning, Joe Biden now has the endorsement of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who brings with her the support of the serious contenders of the 2020 Democratic nomination.
The Massachusetts Democrat, a one-time presidential candidate herself, made the announcement online a day after former President Barack Obama endorsed him. Biden also has the support of Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, who dropped out of the race a few days ago.
“He knows that a government run with integrity, competence, and heart will save lives and save livelihoods,” Warren said in the more than three-minute video. “And we can’t afford to let Donald Trump continue to endanger the lives and livelihoods of every American. And that’s why I’m proud to endorse Joe Biden as president of the United States.”
In this moment of crisis, it’s more important than ever that the next president restores Americans’ faith in good, effective government—and I’ve seen Joe Biden help our nation rebuild. Today, I’m proud to endorse @JoeBiden as President of the United States. pic.twitter.com/VrfBtJvFee— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) April 15, 2020
In a statement responding to Warren’s endorsement, Biden said, “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 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,” he said.
Warren’s political views often clashed with Biden. She built her campaign around “steep wealth tax. breaking up large companies” and transitioned to “Medicare for All,” and she criticized Biden over his “support in the Senate for a 2005 bankruptcy bill” that she’d opposed.
Since Warren has left the race, though, Biden is attempting to pick up the pieces from where Warren left off, “backing her plan to change bankruptcy rules, including by allowing people to shed student loans during a bankruptcy process in a similar way to other debts.” He even called to forgive $10,000 per person in federal student loan debt during the coronavirus outbreak.
“Biden is the last Democrat standing in the presidential primary, but it is unclear when he will become the nominee,” according to CNBC. “He has amassed 1,288 pledged delegates — about two-thirds of what he needs to become his party’s standard-bearer.”
Since the backing from Warren, Biden has also gained support from Sens. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., and Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, D-Mich., who all backed Biden on Wednesday, following Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, earlier this month.