Feinstein officially endorses Biden: 'I've seen firsthand his legislative ability'

Feinstein officially endorses Biden: 'I've seen firsthand his legislative ability'
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Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinGraham announces hearing on police use of force after George Floyd killing Frustration builds in key committee ahead of Graham subpoena vote  The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Major space launch today; Trump feuds with Twitter MORE endorsed former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump campaign launches Asian Pacific Americans coalition Biden: 'More than one African American woman' being considered for VP Liberal group asks Klobuchar to remove herself from VP consideration because of prosecutorial record MORE for president Tuesday, making official what the California Democrat has been hinting at for months. 

Feinstein, who served with Biden in the Senate for years, praised the former vice president, saying she’s had a first-person perspective of his political capabilities and specifically citing his support for gun control measures.

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“I’ve worked closely with Vice President Biden and I’ve seen firsthand his legislative ability, his statesmanship, and most importantly his moral fortitude,” Feinstein said in a statement Tuesday. “During his time in Congress and in the White House, Joe Biden has been a tireless fighter for hardworking American families.” 

The California Democrat added that she believes Biden can “deliver real solutions” in a Congress “dominated by ideological polarization.”

The endorsement, which notably did not go to fellow California Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe Memo: Trump ratchets up Twitter turmoil Biden: 'More than one African American woman' being considered for VP Klobuchar on defense as Floyd death puts spotlight on record MORE (D), is far from a surprise. Feinstein has released statements praising Biden for months and hosted a fundraiser for him at her San Francisco home last week.

But it comes amid uncertainty for Biden’s campaign as the former vice president sees Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Memo: Trump ratchets up Twitter turmoil Hillicon Valley: Twitter flags Trump tweet for 'glorifying violence' | Cruz calls for criminal investigation into Twitter over alleged sanctions violations | Senators urge FTC to investigate TikTok child privacy issues Warren condemns 'horrific' Trump tweet on Minneapolis protests, other senators chime in MORE (D-Mass.) surpass him in a handful of national and statewide polls.

A recent poll by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California showed Biden in a virtual three-way tie with Warren and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe battle of two Cubas Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Rep. Ro Khanna Democrats gear up to hit GOP senators on DACA MORE (I-Vt.) in the Golden State.