Biden endorsed by former Connecticut senator, 51 Massachusetts leaders

Biden endorsed by former Connecticut senator, 51 Massachusetts leaders
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses GOP eager for report on alleged FBI surveillance abuse Biden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California MORE has received endorsements from former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) and 51 Massachusetts leaders for his 2020 White House bid, Biden's campaign announced Friday.

Dodd, who represented Connecticut in the Senate for three decades, touted his former colleague as a “talented legislator” and “skilled statesman” who is “admired and respected by his Senate colleagues, world leaders, and the American people.”

“Because I know him, because I have worked alongside him, because I believe in his demonstrated leadership, his ability to attract talented people to his cause, and because I deeply believe he can win the support of all Americans from all sectors of our country and defeat Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses Biden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California Kavanaugh hailed by conservative gathering in first public speech since confirmation MORE, I am supporting my good friend, Joe Biden, for President of the United States,” Dodd said in a statement released by Biden's campaign.

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In addition to Dodd’s endorsement, the campaign said in a separate announcement Friday that 51 current and former elected officials on different levels of government across Massachusetts are backing Biden in the primary.

One of Biden’s leading opponents in the primary, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses Biden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California Following school shooting, Biden speaks out: 'We have to protect these kids' MORE, represents Massachusetts in the Senate, and the new round of announced endorsements comes on the heels of the latest Democratic primary debate held Tuesday night in Ohio.

The 51 new Massachusetts endorsements add to Biden’s backing from Rep. Stephen LynchStephen Francis LynchBrindisi, Lamb recommended for Armed Services, Transportation Committees Overnight Defense: Dems release first impeachment probe transcripts | White House officials refuse to testify Monday | US, Iran mark 40th anniversary of hostage crisis White House officials refusing to testify Monday MORE (D-Mass.), who has represented Boston and its southern suburbs for nearly two decades. Lynch supported Biden since he launched his campaign earlier this year, the campaign said. 

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses Biden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California On The Money: Trump appeals to Supreme Court to keep tax returns from NY prosecutors | Pelosi says deal on new NAFTA 'imminent' | Mnuchin downplays shutdown threat | Trump hits Fed after Walmart boasts strong earnings MORE (I-Vt.), another top candidate in the race, also received the backing of at least one high-profile progressive House Democrat following the debate Tuesday.

Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOcasio-Cortez jabs 'plutocratic' late entrants to 2020 field Krystal Ball: Billionaires panicking over Sanders candidacy Omar renews claim Stephen Miller is a 'white nationalist' amid calls for him to step down MORE (D-Minn.) announced her support for Sanders following the debate, while saying that fellow progressive freshman Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOn The Money: Trump appeals to Supreme Court to keep tax returns from NY prosecutors | Pelosi says deal on new NAFTA 'imminent' | Mnuchin downplays shutdown threat | Trump hits Fed after Walmart boasts strong earnings Overnight Energy: Perry replacement faces Ukraine questions at hearing | Dem chair demands answers over land agency's relocation | Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders unveil 0B Green New Deal public housing plan Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez drum up support for Green New Deal public housing plan MORE (D-N.Y.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOcasio-Cortez jabs 'plutocratic' late entrants to 2020 field Krystal Ball: Billionaires panicking over Sanders candidacy Sanders: Fighting anti-Semitism 'is very personal' MORE (D-Mich.) are "on board too."