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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 BidenFacebook, Twitter CEOs to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17 Sanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' Senate GOP to drop documentary series days before election hitting China, Democrats over coronavirus 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 ClintonThe Hill's Campaign Report: Trump, Biden face off for last time on the debate stage Trump expected to bring Hunter Biden's former business partner to debate Davis: On eve of tonight's debate — we've seen this moment in history before 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 SessionsThe Hill's Campaign Report: New polls show Biden leading by landslide margins The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Argentum - In Rose Garden, Trump launches anti-Biden screed Pete Sessions wins GOP runoff in comeback bid 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 FinkenauerDemocrats lead in 3 of 4 Iowa House races: poll Centrist Democrats got their COVID bill, now they want a vote Trump asked Chamber of Commerce to reconsider Democratic endorsements: report MORE (D-Iowa), Conor Lamb (D-Pa.), Elaine LuriaElaine Goodman LuriaHouse lawmakers call for continued assistance to Lebanon On The Money: Sides tiptoe towards a COVID deal, but breakthrough appears distant | Expiring benefits raise stakes of stimulus talks | Stocks fade with eyes on Capitol Democrat urges IRS to quickly process Gold Star families' refund requests MORE (D-Va.) and Chrissy Houlahan (D-Pa.)

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Biden’s more progressive opponents, Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenFinal debate: War Admiral vs. Seabiscuit Biden defends his health plan from Trump attacks Progressives blast Biden plan to form panel on Supreme Court reform MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' Trump's debate performance was too little, too late Final debate: War Admiral vs. Seabiscuit 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 HarrisSanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' Watch live: Biden participates in HBCU homecoming Jennifer Aniston: 'It's not funny to vote for Kanye' MORE (D-Calif.) dropped out of the primary. 

Sanders was endorsed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezProgressive lawmakers call for United Nations probe into DHS 'human rights abuses' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Democrats play defense, GOP goes on attack after Biden oil comments | Energy Dept. exempts quick dishwashers from existing efficiency standards | Ocasio-Cortez says having Green New Deal would have helped handle COVID-19 pandemic Ocasio-Cortez says Biden vote can be 'tactical' effort to support marginalized communities MORE (D-N.Y.) in October, boosting his campaign after the senator’s heart attack. Warren was endorsed by first-term Reps. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyProgressive lawmakers call for United Nations probe into DHS 'human rights abuses' Ocasio-Cortez hits Trump for 'disrespect' over calling her AOC during debates Democrats unveil bill to reduce police violence against people with mental illness 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.