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 BidenSchiff closes Democrats' impeachment arguments with emotional appeal to remove Trump Conservative reporter on Sanders: He's not a 'yes man' Democrats feel political momentum swinging to them on impeachment 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 ClintonElizabeth Warren: More 'Hillary' than Hillary Nadler plays 1999 clip of Graham defining high crimes: 'It doesn't even have to be a crime' Trump's big reelection weapon: A remarkable manufacturing jobs boom 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 SessionsTenth Congressional Black Caucus member backs Biden Giuliani held phone call with Maduro amid Venezuela crisis Texas GOP rep predicts heavy Democratic presence in state ahead of 2020 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 FinkenauerThe Hill's Morning Report — Dems detail case to remove Trump for abuse of power Biden to go on Iowa tour with swing district lawmakers Warren-Sanders dispute thrusts gender into 2020 spotlight MORE (D-Iowa), Conor Lamb (D-Pa.), Elaine LuriaElaine Goodman LuriaMixed feelings on war power limits: Lawmakers and vet candidates Lawmakers warn Pentagon against reduction of US forces in Africa Tenth Congressional Black Caucus member backs Biden MORE (D-Va.) and Chrissy Houlahan (D-Pa.)

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Biden’s more progressive opponents, Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenKlobuchar plans campaign rallies across Iowa despite impeachment trial Hillicon Valley — Presented by Philip Morris International — Wyden asks NSA to investigate White House cybersecurity | Commerce withdraws Huawei rule after Pentagon objects | Warren calls on Brazil to drop Greenwald charges Warren pledges to release Trump records if elected MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders to Clinton: 'This is not the kind of rhetoric that we need' Conservative reporter on Sanders: He's not a 'yes man' Human Rights Campaign president rips Sanders's embrace of Rogan endorsement 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 HarrisHarris on 2020 endorsement: 'I am not thinking about it right now' Panel: Is Kamala Harris a hypocrite for mulling a Joe Biden endorsement? The Hill's Morning Report — Dems detail case to remove Trump for abuse of power MORE (D-Calif.) dropped out of the primary. 

Sanders was endorsed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezImpeachment throws curveball in Iowa to sidelined senators Sanders says it's 'disappointing' he's not on campaign trail in Iowa The Hill's Campaign Report: Ten days to Iowa MORE (D-N.Y.) in October, boosting his campaign after the senator’s heart attack. Warren was endorsed by first-term Reps. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyThe Hill's Morning Report — Dems detail case to remove Trump for abuse of power Pressley says she 'would welcome the opportunity' to educate DeVos after abortion, slavery comparison Massachusetts governor apologizes after calling Pressley speech a 'rant' 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.