Former Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey endorses Biden

Former Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey endorses Biden
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMost Americans break with Trump on Ukraine, but just 45 percent think he should be removed: poll Democrats release two new transcripts ahead of next public impeachment hearings Press: Ukraine's not the only outrage 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 TrumpMost Americans break with Trump on Ukraine, but just 45 percent think he should be removed: poll Judge orders Democrats to give notice if they request Trump's NY tax returns Trump's doctor issues letter addressing 'speculation' about visit to Walter Reed 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 FischerEleven GOP senators sign open letter backing Sessions's comeback bid Female lawmakers make bipartisan push for more women in politics at All In Together gala Former Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey endorses Biden 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 SandersRahm Emanuel: Bloomberg, Patrick entering race will allow Democrats to have 'ideas primary' Feehery: Pivoting to infrastructure could help heal post-impeachment wounds Jayapal hits back at Biden on marijuana 'prohibition' MORE (I-Vt). 

Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarNew York man pleads guilty to threatening to kill Omar Ilhan Omar calls out Buttigieg campaign for Douglass Plan stock photo: 'Not ok or necessary' Ocasio-Cortez jabs 'plutocratic' late entrants to 2020 field MORE (D-Minn.) announced late Tuesday she’d support Sanders in the 2020 race, and fellow progressive freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezNew York man pleads guilty to threatening to kill Omar Funding stopgap would give Congress more time to debate expiring surveillance provisions 'Saturday Night Live' presents Trump impeachment hearings with 'pizzazz' of soap opera 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 WarrenRahm Emanuel: Bloomberg, Patrick entering race will allow Democrats to have 'ideas primary' Feehery: Pivoting to infrastructure could help heal post-impeachment wounds Jayapal hits back at Biden on marijuana 'prohibition' MORE (D-Mass.) are seen as the front-runners in the narrowing primary field.