Biden picks up first endorsement from Iowa congressional delegation

Biden picks up first endorsement from Iowa congressional delegation
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump campaign launches Asian Pacific Americans coalition Biden: 'More than one African American woman' being considered for VP Liberal group asks Klobuchar to remove herself from VP consideration because of prosecutorial record MORE has picked up his first 2020 endorsement from a member of Iowa's congressional delegation.

Rep. Abby FinkenauerAbby Lea FinkenauerGloves come off as Democrats fight for House seat in California The Hill's Campaign Report: Buzz builds around Warren for VP Gun control group rolls out House endorsements MORE (D-Iowa) told The Associated Press that she is supporting Biden's White House bid, pointing to his experience, proposals on infrastructure and the economy and efforts to pass the Affordable Care Act in 2010.

The freshman lawmaker added that the Democratic Party needs a nominee like Biden who appeals to a variety of voters.

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“We need somebody at the top who can lead from the White House, someone who’s willing to unite not just Democrats but the country,” Finkenauer said. “There are days where I swear Democrats and Republicans are speaking different languages, and there’s no translator. ... (Biden) is the translator.”

Finkenauer is the first congressional representative from Iowa to endorse a presidential candidate, as the 2020 race picks up ahead of the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses on Feb. 3. She will hit at least eight cities and towns with the former vice president in a five-day Iowa tour starting Thursday.

“It goes back to the uniting factor,” Finkenauer told the AP. “You can’t divide rural America and our cities. They do require different attention and different plans, but if rural America is forgotten, then our cities are also hurt, and vice versa. He’s understood that from the beginning.”

Biden campaigned with Finkenauer during the midterms in 2018, when she won a district that sided with President TrumpDonald John TrumpMichael Flynn transcripts reveal plenty except crime or collusion 50 people arrested in Minneapolis as hundreds more National Guard troops deployed Missouri state lawmaker sparks backlash by tweeting 'looters deserve to be shot' MORE in 2016.

Finkenauer and Rep. Dina TitusAlice (Dina) Costandina TitusFederal employees push for COVID-19 protections in 'dangerous' workplaces Lawmakers highlight flights back to DC for huge coronavirus vote Bipartisan lawmakers ask NIH for information on 'disturbing' studies on monkeys MORE (D-Nev.) are the only two members of Congress from early voting states that have endorsed Biden so far.

--Updated at 7:58 a.m.