Biden endorses Feinstein's reelection bid: 'She’s tenacious. She’s accomplished'

 Biden endorses Feinstein's reelection bid: 'She’s tenacious. She’s accomplished'
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump says lawmakers should censure Schiff Schiff says committees will eventually make impeachment inquiry transcripts public Trump threat lacks teeth to block impeachment witnesses MORE endorsed Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinSchiff should consider using RICO framework to organize impeachment We need answers to questions mainstream media won't ask about Democrats The Hill's Morning Report - Trump grapples with Syria fallout MORE’s (D-Calif.) reelection bid in the face of a challenge from the left, her campaign announced Thursday. 

Biden noted that the two worked together in the Senate, and praised Feinstein for her advocacy for California and “progressive values we share.”

“She’s tenacious. She’s accomplished. And she’s exactly who we need in the Senate to stand up to this Administration and its Republican allies in Congress. Dianne is a dear friend, and I’m proud to endorse her re-election,” Biden said in a statement.

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“I’m so honored that Joe has endorsed my re-election — his support is a big deal,” Feinstein said in a statement.

Feinstein, 84, has held her Senate seat since 1992, but faces a challenge in a Democratic primary this year. She failed to clinch the California Democratic Party’s endorsement last month. 

Feinstein earned 37 percent of the delegates’ votes at the state party’s annual convention, while her main rival, state Senate leader Kevin de León (D), received 54 percent of the vote. Candidates needed 60 percent to win the endorsement.

De León has rallied progressives who are frustrated with Feinstein and feel she hasn't held President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP congressman slams Trump over report that U.S. bombed former anti-ISIS coalition headquarters US to restore 'targeted assistance' to Central American countries after migration deal Trump says lawmakers should censure Schiff MORE accountable.

Some liberal leaders, including Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — House Dems change drug pricing bill to address progressive concerns | Top Republican rejects Dem proposal on surprise medical bills | Vaping group launches Fox News ad blitz Democrats have reason to worry after the last presidential debate Krystal Ball on Sanders debate performance: 'He absolutely hit it out of the park' MORE (I-Vt.) have thus far declined to weigh in on the race.

The Democratic primary will be held on June 5.

Biden, meanwhile, is at the center of speculation over whether he intends to run for the White House in 2020. He has said he is open to the idea, but has not made a final decision.

The former senator and vice president has taken an active role in the 2018 midterms, campaigning hard for Democrat Conor Lamb ahead of his special election victory earlier this month in Pennsylvania's 18th District.