Former Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey endorses Biden

Former Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey endorses Biden
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBloomberg campaign: Primary is two-way race with Sanders HuffPost reporter: Sanders could win plurality of delegates but lose nomination Meghan McCain to Joy Behar: 'You guys have done a piss-poor job of convincing me that I should vote for a Democrat' MORE was endorsed by former Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey (D) on Wednesday.

Kerrey, who also served as Nebraska governor, touted Biden as the best choice to defeat President TrumpDonald John TrumpCensus Bureau spends millions on ad campaign to mitigate fears on excluded citizenship question Bloomberg campaign: Primary is two-way race with Sanders Democratic senator meets with Iranian foreign minister MORE based on Biden’s experience and character. 

“I choose Joe Biden. I trust Joe Biden. I’m certain that in Joe, America will get a president ready to hit the ground running,” Kerrey said in the endorsement released by the Biden campaign. 

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“I trust that Joe will assemble an experienced cabinet to do the people’s work, and that he’ll honor science and facts and renew our fight against climate change. I trust that he’ll work to narrow the widening income and wealth gaps that make it too hard for families to get by, and too easy to whip up division,” Kerrey, a Vietnam War veteran, continued. 

Kerrey served as Nebraska governor from 1983 to 1987, prior to his Senate career. As a senator he served alongside Biden in the upper chamber for more than a decade, before Kerrey retired in 2000. In 2012, he tried to return to the Senate but lost to Republican Sen. Deb FischerDebra (Deb) Strobel FischerLoeffler works to gain traction with conservatives amid Collins primary bid Bolton upends Trump impeachment trial  The Hill's Morning Report — Impeachment unknowns await returning lawmakers MORE, who currently holds the seat.

The Biden campaign said it’s received more than 500 endorsements from national, state and local leaders. 

Kerrey’s endorsement comes after Biden took the stage with 11 other contenders for the fourth Democratic debate on Tuesday night.

It also comes as prominent progressive lawmakers are coming out in support of one of Biden's rivals, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBloomberg campaign: Primary is two-way race with Sanders Warren: Bloomberg making debate will show how other candidates handle 'an egomaniac billionaire' HuffPost reporter: Sanders could win plurality of delegates but lose nomination MORE (I-Vt). 

Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar endorses progressive Georgia Democrat running for House seat Tlaib says she held Omar's hand during 'triggering' moments at Trump's State of the Union speech Key House Democrat says Perez must go: 'He doesn't lead on anything' MORE (D-Minn.) announced late Tuesday she’d support Sanders in the 2020 race, and fellow progressive freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezHouse Oversight accuses Border Patrol of blocking investigation into secret Facebook group Company to provide free clothing to any female candidate The Democratic demolition derby MORE (D-N.Y.) is expected to announce her endorsement of the Vermont senator at a Sanders rally in her Queens district on Saturday. 

Biden, Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren: Bloomberg making debate will show how other candidates handle 'an egomaniac billionaire' Klobuchar campaign gets first super PAC HuffPost reporter: Sanders could win plurality of delegates but lose nomination MORE (D-Mass.) are seen as the front-runners in the narrowing primary field.