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Biden picks up endorsement of early O'Rourke backer Sean Maloney

Biden picks up endorsement of early O'Rourke backer Sean Maloney
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Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) endorsed former Vice President 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 in the Democratic presidential primary on Monday, less than a month away from the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses. 

“As voters go to the polls over the coming months, I hope they will join me in voting for Joe Biden,” Maloney said in a statement. 

The New York Democrat had been an early backer of former Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s presidential campaign before the Texas Democrat dropped out of the primary in November. 

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Maloney is now pitching Biden as an experienced lawmaker who is best prepared to take on President TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump, Jared Kusher's lawyer threatens to sue Lincoln Project over Times Square billboards Facebook, Twitter CEOs to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17 Sanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' MORE in 2020. 

“Joe Biden’s unmatched record, command of domestic and foreign affairs, and progressive vision for America’s future is the leadership we need at this critical moment,” Maloney said. 

“Joe hasn’t just advocated for progressive change throughout his career, he’s delivered on it — from ushering through the Violence Against Women Act, to fighting shoulder to shoulder alongside President Obama to pass Obamacare, and supporting marriage equality,” he added.
“As president, I know he’ll build on that progress — and address the climate emergency, rebuild the middle class, and ensure everyone is treated with dignity.”

Maloney's endorsement comes after another member of New York’s congressional delegation, Rep. Tom Suozzi (D), backed Biden in April. 

Earlier Monday, moderate New York Rep. Max RoseMax RoseCentrist Democrats got their COVID bill, now they want a vote Lawmakers fear voter backlash over failure to reach COVID-19 relief deal The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - Pence lauds Harris as 'experienced debater'; Trump, Biden diverge over debate prep MORE (D) announced he would be backing former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergThe Hill's Campaign Report: 2020 spending wars | Biden looks to clean up oil comments | Debate ratings are in Biden breaks all-time television spending record Trump squeezed by cash crunch in final election sprint MORE in the presidential race.