Biden racks up congressional endorsements

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe Biden2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Trump calls latest impeachment hearings 'a great day for Republicans' Overnight Health Care: GOP senator says drug price action unlikely this year | House panel weighs ban on flavored e-cigs | New York sues Juul MORE received endorsements from several Democratic senators shortly after he announced his 2020 presidential campaign on Thursday.

Sens. Christopher CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsSenators press Facebook over user location tracking policies Senators introduce bipartisan bill restricting police use of facial recognition tech Centrist Democrats seize on state election wins to rail against Warren's agenda MORE (D-Del.) and Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyNew ObamaCare enrollment period faces Trump headwinds Scrap House defense authorization provision benefitting Russia Here are the Senate Democrats backing a Trump impeachment inquiry over Ukraine call MORE Jr. (D-Pa.) were among the first to back Biden's bid.

“Joe Biden doesn’t just talk about making our county more just, he delivers results," Coons said in a statement.

Casey said in a tweet that he was "proud to endorse my friend, Joe Biden, for President."

Casey added in a statement that "America needs" Biden to be the next president, according to The Associated Press.

“At this make-or-break moment for the middle class, our children and our workers, America needs Vice President Joe Biden to be its next President," he said.

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Sen. Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperLobbying World Overnight Energy: BLM staff face choice of relocation or resignation as agency moves | Trump says he's 'very much into climate' | EPA rule would expand limits on scientific studies Democrats give Warren's 'Medicare for All' plan the cold shoulder MORE (D), the other senator from Delaware, later endorsed the former vice president.

"In 1982, it was then-Senator Joe Biden who first encouraged me to run for the U.S. House of Representatives. Today, I could not be more proud to endorse my friend Joe as he launches his campaign to be the next President of the United States," Carper said in a statement.

"Joe has spent his career championing policies that help all Americans. He is a tested, experienced leader with a proven track record of getting things done for our country," Carper added.

Democratic Sen. Doug Jones (Ala.) also said in a tweet that Biden can "bring people together" and "find common ground while standing up for what he believes is right."

Biden, who was born in Pennsylvania and has lived the majority of his life in Delaware, announced early Thursday that he would seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.

"If we give Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDem senator says Zelensky was 'feeling the pressure' to probe Bidens 2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Trump calls latest impeachment hearings 'a great day for Republicans' MORE eight years in the White House, he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation — who we are — and I cannot stand by and watch that happen," Biden said in a video message.

"Everything that has made America America is at stake," Biden added. "That’s why today I'm announcing my candidacy for president of the United States."

Biden joins a crowded field of more than 20 vying for the Democratic nomination, but he enters the race with an early edge, leading several early polls and having strong national name recognition.

In the House, Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-N.Y.) endorsed Biden early Thursday, saying he “is exactly what America needs right now.”

“He has the experience, the knowledge, the relationships, the gravitas and the integrity to put our country on the right track,” Suozzi said. “Americans are ready for someone in the White House who will directly address the issues and problems they and their families face and do something about solving them. Joe Biden has the ability to do that and that is why I am proud to endorse him for President.”

-- Cristina Marcos contributed to this report, which was updated at 11:21 a.m.