Biden rallies with John Kerry in early primary states

Biden rallies with John Kerry in early primary states

Former Vice President 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 (D) hit the campaign trail with a familiar face this weekend as he seeks the Democratic Party's 2020 nomination: 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 (D), the party's 2004 nominee.

Bloomberg News reported Sunday that Kerry, who served in the Obama administration alongside Biden, joined the Democratic frontrunner at his events in Iowa and New Hampshire, where Biden is hoping to ward off surging challengers.

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“In November of that year, we turned New Hampshire blue again. Carried Michigan, carried Wisconsin, carried Pennsylvania. We came within one state” of defeating former President Bush in 2004, Kerry told a Nashua crowd on Sunday, according to Bloomberg. “I know that Joe Biden is the person 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 and bring this country back together.”

“I know what Joe Biden’s relationship is to the people that make a difference in those states,” the former secretary added to reporters after the event. “And I think that they like him. They trust him. They’ve seen him fight for these issues for a long time. And I think when the race comes down to Joe Biden versus Donald Trump, there’s just a huge monumental difference between the two of them.”

During his comments to reporters, Kerry also touched on the attacks aimed at Biden by the Trump campaign surrounding Hunter Biden, the former vice president's son, and his Ukrainian business dealings, which Kerry likened to attacks on his military record from Republicans during the 2004 presidential campaign.

“This is not a new strategy. They did it with me, about my military record. It’s called create doubt,” Kerry told reporters, according to Bloomberg. “And that is precisely what they’re trying to do with Joe Biden,” he added. “That’s absolutely what they’re doing with Ukraine.”

Kerry made his official endorsement of Biden in a press release issued by the campaign on Thursday, saying in a statement that he'd "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.”

Biden has remained a strong frontrunner in most national polling but has battled for dominance in early primary states with other top Democratic challengers including Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSenators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session Bipartisan infrastructure win shows Democrats must continue working across the aisle 'The land is us' — Tribal activist turns from Keystone XL to Line 3 MORE (I-Vt.) and 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.), as well as 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 (D).