Biden racks up congressional endorsements

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFighting a virus with the wrong tools Trump bucks business on Defense Production Act Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — US coronavirus cases hit 100,000 | Trump signs T stimulus package | Trump employs defense powers to force GM to make ventilators | New concerns over virus testing MORE received endorsements from several Democratic senators shortly after he announced his 2020 presidential campaign on Thursday.

Sens. Christopher CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsSenate includes 0M for mail-in voting in coronavirus spending deal Hillicon Valley: Facebook reports huge spike in usage during pandemic | Democrats push for mail-in voting funds in coronavirus stimulus | Trump delays deadline to acquire REAL ID Democrats press for more stimulus funding to boost mail-in voting MORE (D-Del.) and Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyCoronavirus stimulus package shouldn't leave out older Americans Sunday shows preview: Trump administration gears up for new week of coronavirus response; Sanders prepares for next phase of primaries Does anyone care about professional caregivers? 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 CarperDemocrat calls on EPA to withdraw 'secret science' rule Blame game heats up as Senate motion fails Democratic senators, attorneys general slam proposal to roll back protections for birds 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 TrumpTrump orders US troops back to active duty for coronavirus response Trump asserts power to decide info inspector general for stimulus gives Congress Fighting a virus with the wrong tools 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.