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Former Obama Treasury secretary endorses Biden

Former Obama Treasury secretary endorses Biden
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Jack LewJacob (Jack) Joseph LewThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden argues for legislative patience, urgent action amid crisis On The Money: Senate confirms Yellen as first female Treasury secretary | Biden says he's open to tighter income limits for stimulus checks | Administration will look to expedite getting Tubman on bill Sorry Mr. Jackson, Tubman on the is real MORE, who served as chief of staff and Treasury secretary under former President Obama, announced in a CNBC interview on Monday that he's endorsing former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFormer Rep. Rohrabacher says he took part in Jan. 6 march to Capitol but did not storm building Saudis picked up drugs in Cairo used to kill Khashoggi: report Biden looking to build momentum for Putin meeting MORE in the 2020 presidential race.

"I've known Joe Biden for 25 years as senator, as vice president and as a person," Lew said. "I think the times we're in call for somebody with both the heart and the experience to address some very serious challenges. Joe Biden has both the heart to care and the experience to lead."

"He has demonstrated his deep concern for an economy that works and works for working Americans, for restoring American values, and to restore America's leadership as the global and economic leader that we need to be," Lew added. "He's also shown he surrounds himself with people who really are the leaders of the next generation and that he has the ability to reach across party lines and within the Democratic Party to all parts of the Democratic Party. Candidly, he has the experience and the ability to make Donald TrumpDonald TrumpDOJ asks Supreme Court to revive Boston Marathon bomber death sentence, in break with Biden vow Biden looking to build momentum for Putin meeting DOJ tells media execs that reporters were not targets of investigations MORE a one-term president."

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Lew is not the first member of Obama's Cabinet to endorse the former president's vice president. John KerryJohn KerryIn Europe, Biden seeks to reassert U.S. climate leadership Climate progressives launch first action against Biden amid growing frustration What US policymakers can glean from Iceland's clean energy evolution MORE, who served as secretary of State, and Tom VilsackTom VilsackUSDA: Farm-to-school programs help schools serve healthier meals OVERNIGHT MONEY: House poised to pass debt-ceiling bill MORE, who served as Agriculture secretary, have also endorsed Biden.

But not every former Obama administration official has come out in support of Biden. Former Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Austan Goolsbee and Reggie Love, the former special assistant to the president, have endorsed South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg: Bipartisan deal on infrastructure 'strongly preferred' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden ends infrastructure talks with key Republican | Colonial Pipeline CEO grilled over ransomware attack | Texas gov signs bills to improve power grid after winter storm Biden ends infrastructure talks with key Republican MORE.

Obama himself has not made an endorsement, and many other peoples in his administration also have yet to publicly back a candidate.

Biden, 77, has consistently led in national polls of the Democratic presidential primary field but has faced questions about his age. On CNBC, Lew was asked about criticisms that Biden is not as energetic now as he was while he was vice president.

"I've seen Joe Biden over many years always demonstrate both the capacity and the endurance to get things done. I don't think that's any different today," Lew replied.