Former Ohio governor endorses Biden

Former Ohio governor endorses Biden
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Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland (D) endorsed Joe BidenJoe BidenRon Johnson signals some GOP senators concerned about his Obama-era probes On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' MORE in the Democratic presidential race on Tuesday, pitching the former vice president as the most experienced leader in the crowded 2020 field and best candidate to beat President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Bob Woodward book will include details of 25 personal letters between Trump and Kim Jong Un On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' MORE in “states like Ohio.” 

“I believe it’s no exaggeration to say that Joe Biden has more foreign policy experience than all of the other candidates combined. When he’s elected president, there will be a sigh of relief heard across the world,” Strickland said in a statement released by the Biden campaign. 

“Leaders of other countries, both friend and foe, will know that our nation once again has an honest, and trustworthy President representing us and our national values.”

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The Associated Press first reported Strickland’s planned endorsement ahead of the Biden campaign’s announcement

Strickland also touted Biden’s record as a “doer” and a lawmaker who knows how to navigate Congress. 

“Finally, Joe can compete and win in states like Ohio. States that are critical to not just winning the Oval Office, but creating tail winds that will send more Democratic Senators and House members to Congress,” Strickland said. 

Trump carried Ohio by about 8 percentage points in 2016. 

Strickland, who was governor of Ohio from 2007 to 2011, had previously endorsed Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Watchdog report raises new questions for top Interior lawyer | Senate Democrats ask Trump to withdraw controversial public lands nominee | Border wall water use threatens endangered species, environmentalists say Why a rising star is leaving Congress Inslee, GOP's Culp advance in Washington governor's race MORE (D) before he dropped out of the 2020 race in August. Inslee is seeking reelection in Washington.