Kerry endorses Biden in 2020 race: He 'can beat Donald Trump'

Kerry endorses Biden in 2020 race: He 'can beat Donald Trump'
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Former Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryHow the US could help Australia develop climate action Equilibrium/ Sustainability — Presented by NextEra Energy — Clean power repurposes dirty power No. 2 State Department official to travel to China amid tensions MORE threw his support behind Joe BidenJoe BidenGOP report on COVID-19 origins homes in on lab leak theory READ: The .2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Senators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session MORE’s presidential campaign on Thursday, saying that the former vice president is “uniquely the person running for president who can beat Donald TrumpDonald TrumpSenators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session Gosar's siblings pen op-ed urging for his resignation: 'You are immune to shame' Sunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate MORE” in 2020.

“I believe Joe Biden is the President our country desperately needs right now, not because I’ve known Joe so long, but because I know Joe so well,” Kerry, a former U.S. senator and the Democratic Party’s 2004 presidential nominee, said in a statement released by Biden’s campaign.

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“I’ve never before seen the world more in need of someone who on day one can begin the incredibly hard work of putting back together the world Donald Trump has smashed apart.”

Kerry is expected to join Biden on his bus tour in Iowa on Friday before traveling to New Hampshire with the former vice president on Sunday, Biden’s team said.

Kerry’s endorsement comes at a critical time for Biden’s campaign. The former vice president has seen his front-runner status challenged in recent months, as rivals like Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenCalifornia Democrats warn of low turnout in recall election Pelosi disputes Biden's power to forgive student loans Warren hits the airwaves for Newsom ahead of recall election MORE (D-Mass.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegSunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate Sunday shows preview: Delta concerns prompt CDC mask update; bipartisan infrastructure bill to face challenges in Senate Chasten Buttigieg: DC 'almost unaffordable' MORE have made gains in Iowa and New Hampshire, the states that hold the first nominating contests of 2020.

At the same time, he has lagged behind his top rivals in fundraising, ending the most recent fundraising quarter with less than $9 million in the bank.

Biden and Kerry served together in the Senate for more than two decades. They worked together once again in the administration of former President Obama, Biden as vice president and Kerry as secretary of State.

Kerry is the second Obama administration Cabinet member to endorse Biden in the presidential race. Former Agriculture Secretary Tom VilsackTom VilsackUSDA: Farm-to-school programs help schools serve healthier meals OVERNIGHT MONEY: House poised to pass debt-ceiling bill MORE backed Biden’s White House bid last month.

Kerry has been a frequent critic of Trump, decrying the president’s decisions to withdraw from the Paris climate accord and a nuclear deal with Iran, both of which were negotiated under the Obama administration.

In his statement, Kerry focused heavily on Biden’s foreign policy experience, saying the former vice president is the leader capable of restoring the United States’s prominence in the world following Trump’s presidency.

“Joe will defeat Donald Trump next November,” Kerry said. “He’s the candidate with the wisdom and standing to fix what Trump has broken, to restore our place in the world, and improve the lives of working people here at home.”