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Md. congressman endorses Buttigieg, becomes campaign's first national co-chair

Md. congressman endorses Buttigieg, becomes campaign's first national co-chair
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Rep. Anthony BrownAnthony Gregory BrownTrump, Pentagon collide over anti-diversity training push Overnight Defense: Appeals court revives House lawsuit against military funding for border wall | Dems push for limits on transferring military gear to police | Lawmakers ask for IG probe into Pentagon's use of COVID-19 funds Democrats push to limit transfer of military-grade gear to police MORE (D-Md.) endorsed Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegLGBTQ voters must show up at the polls, or risk losing progress Buttigieg says it's time to 'turn the page' on Trump administration Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus cases surge in the Midwest; Trump hits campaign trail after COVID-19 MORE's 2020 White House campaign and became its first national co-chair, officials announced Thursday.

Brown, a veteran of the Iraq War, said in a statement that he is backing the former South Bend, Ind., mayor because of Buttigieg's ability to bring people together around the shared values of the country.

“Our country needs a president who can heal our divides and restore decency to our nation’s highest office,” said Brown. “Pete’s message is not defined by exclusion but welcomes everyone into the fight to tackle our nation’s greatest challenges.” 

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The Maryland representative, who served three decades in the Army and Army Reserve, said he supports Buttigieg because the top priority of the president should be the “security and safety of our nation.” 

Brown also served as Maryland's lieutenant governor. He belongs to the Congressional Black Caucus and is the vice chair of the House Armed Services Committee. 

“I am honored to have Congressman Brown’s endorsement and am thrilled to have him co-chair my campaign, as we work together to heal our nation’s divides and restore decency and respect to the presidency so that we can get to work on the urgent issues facing our country,” Buttigieg said in a statement.

The former mayor recently tied with Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden endorses Texas Democratic House candidate Julie Oliver Ocasio-Cortez rolls out Twitch channel to urge voting Calls grow for Democrats to ramp up spending in Texas MORE (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida Supreme Court reinstates ban on curbside voting in Alabama MORE atop a poll of 2020 Democratic contenders in Iowa. Overall, RealClearPolitics ranks him fourth nationally.