Tenth Congressional Black Caucus member backs Biden

Tenth Congressional Black Caucus member backs Biden
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Rep. Colin Allred (D-Texas) is backing Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden set to make risky economic argument against Trump Hillicon Valley: Tech companies lead way on WFH forever | States and counties plead for cybersecurity assistance | Trump weighing anti-conservative bias panel What does Joe Biden believe about NASA, space exploration and commercial space? MORE's presidential bid, giving the former vice president his 10th endorsement from a Congressional Black Caucus member. 

The congressman said Biden's "fighting spirit" and "record of accomplishment" make him the candidate best-suited to unite America and fight for middle-class Americans. 

"We need a President who will deliver for the American people, and no candidate in this race has done more to fight so that every American can have access to their version of the American dream than Joe Biden," Allred said in a statement Monday.

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Allred had endorsed Julián Castro before the Texan ended his 2020 campaign, but the congressman hailed Biden as a candidate that can win over key moderate or Republican-leaning voters in an interview with The Associated Press

“We have to nominate someone in the Democratic Party who can unite the country and heal the divisions that are going on,” Allred told the AP. 

“We’ve always done our best when we’ve nominated candidates who’ve attracted independents and disaffected Republicans,” he said. “That’s what President Obama did. That’s what Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonBiden set to make risky economic argument against Trump Blair questions Trump approach to coronavirus pandemic Has Justice Department partisanship finally hit a wall?  MORE did. When we’ve pursued the route of ideological purity it’s tended not to work, particularly at the national level.”

Allred flipped a suburban Dallas-area district in 2018, unseating 22-year incumbent GOP Rep. Pete SessionsPeter Anderson SessionsTexas kicks off critical battle for House control The Hill's review of John Solomon's columns on Ukraine Tenth Congressional Black Caucus member backs Biden MORE. The former Obama administration lawyer and NFL player became the first Democrat and first African American to represent Texas’s 32nd District. 

He’s the latest swing-district Democrat to back Biden in the race. Biden has picked up support from at least four other House Democrats who flipped GOP-held seats to help give Democrats a majority in the House: Reps. Abby FinkenauerAbby Lea FinkenauerTrump lends support to swing district Republicans Iowa Democrat tops Ernst in early fundraising report The Hill's Campaign Report: DOJ, intel to be major issues in 2020 MORE (D-Iowa), Conor Lamb (D-Pa.), Elaine LuriaElaine Goodman LuriaThe Hill's Campaign Report: DOJ, intel to be major issues in 2020 House GOP lawmaker breaks with party to back proxy voting Human Rights Campaign rolls out congressional endorsements on Equality Act anniversary MORE (D-Va.) and Chrissy Houlahan (D-Pa.)

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Biden’s more progressive opponents, Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenPentagon charts its own course on COVID-19, risking Trump's ire Warren to host high-dollar fundraiser for Biden It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersHillicon Valley: Tech companies lead way on WFH forever | States and counties plead for cybersecurity assistance | Trump weighing anti-conservative bias panel Biden wins Hawaii primary Warren to host high-dollar fundraiser for Biden MORE (I-Vt.), have picked up endorsements from some of the party’s most high-profile, left-leaning politicians. Biden, however, is leading the race in backing from Congressional Black Caucus members since Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisTrump retweets personal attacks on Clinton, Pelosi, Abrams It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Coal company sues EPA over power plant pollution regulation | Automakers fight effort to freeze fuel efficiency standards | EPA watchdog may probe agency's response to California water issues MORE (D-Calif.) dropped out of the primary. 

Sanders was endorsed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez posts experience getting antibody tested for COVID-19 The continuous whipsawing of climate change policy Budowsky: United Democrats and Biden's New Deal MORE (D-N.Y.) in October, boosting his campaign after the senator’s heart attack. Warren was endorsed by first-term Reps. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyOvernight Defense: Pentagon memo warns pandemic could go until summer 2021 | Watchdog finds Taliban violence is high despite US deal | Progressive Dems demand defense cuts Progressives demand defense budget cuts amid coronavirus pandemic The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The American Investment Council - Trump takes his 'ready to reopen' mantra on the road MORE (D-Mass.) and Katie Porter (D-Calif.), as well as Castro after he ended his own campaign. 

Both Sanders and Warren are campaigning on policies including “Medicare for All” proposals and wealth tax plans. 

Allred reportedly suggested that the party’s shift to the left may not align with most Americans' values.

“This is not just theoretical policy discussion,” he told AP. “People are driven by values and people who appeal to those values. That’s what we’re trying to do, is make Americans understand that we’re on their side.”

— This report was updated at 8:13 a.m.