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Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Tuesday endorsed his colleague Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for president, hours after Sanders announced his candidacy.

“We have a strong field of candidates, and Bernie’s entry makes the field even stronger,” Leahy said in a statement. “Bernie and I had a great talk today. I’m proud to support my fellow Vermonter, a proven leader with a strong message.”
 
{mosads}Leahy’s endorsement of Sanders comes after he endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic primary rather than Sanders. Sanders also challenged Leahy for his Senate seat decades ago, running on the Liberty Union ticket in 1974, according to the Vermont newspaper Seven Days.
 
Sanders said earlier Tuesday that he would be running for president, entering a crowded primary field that includes several of his Senate colleagues, including Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). 
 
In addition to Leahy, Sanders on Tuesday received the endorsement of Vermont Rep. Peter Welch (D), who also supported Sanders in 2016.
 
“Bernie Sanders is a welcome voice in this campaign,” Welch said in a statement. “He has a proven, powerful, and compelling message of economic fairness and environmental justice that will resonate across America. I will support my friend and fellow Vermonter for president in 2020.” 
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