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 FeinsteinCalifornia lawmakers mark Day of Remembrance for Japanese internment Democratic senators ask DOJ watchdog to expand Giuliani probe House passes bipartisan bill to create women's history museum MORE endorsed former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSanders defends Castro comments in wake of backlash from some Democrats Klobuchar releases medical report that says she's in 'very good health' Candidates face pressure to exit presidential race 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 HarrisThis week: House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime Juan Williams: Black votes matter Clyburn: Biden 'suffered' from not doing 'enough' in early debates 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 Ann WarrenCandidates face pressure to exit presidential race Buttigieg proposes undoing SALT deduction cap Bloomberg called Warren 'scary,' knocked Obama's first term in leaked audio 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 SandersSanders says idea he can't work with Republicans is 'total nonsense' Sanders defends Castro comments in wake of backlash from some Democrats Sanders releases list of how to pay for his proposals MORE (I-Vt.) in the Golden State.