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 FeinsteinJane Fonda to push for end to offshore oil drilling in California Overnight Health Care — Presented by The National Council on Mental Wellbeing — Merck asks FDA to authorize five-day COVID-19 treatment Bannon's subpoena snub sets up big decision for Biden DOJ MORE endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden 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 BidenJoe BidenManchin lays down demands for child tax credit: report Abrams targets Black churchgoers during campaign stops for McAuliffe in Virginia Pentagon, State Department square off on Afghanistan accountability MORE 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 HarrisAbrams targets Black churchgoers during campaign stops for McAuliffe in Virginia Replace Kamala Harris with William Shatner to get kids excited about space exploration Republicans would need a promotion to be 'paper tigers' 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 WarrenMisguided recusal rules lock valuable leaders out of the Pentagon Biden's soft touch with Manchin, Sinema frustrates Democrats Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Congress makes technology policy moves 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 SandersPressure grows for breakthrough in Biden agenda talks Sanders, Manchin escalate fight over .5T spending bill Sanders blames media for Americans not knowing details of Biden spending plan MORE (I-Vt.) in the Golden State.