Obama Commerce secretary backs Biden's 2020 bid

Obama Commerce secretary backs Biden's 2020 bid
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Former Commerce Secretary Penny PritzkerPenny Sue PritzkerThe Hill's Morning Report - Sanders steamrolls to South Carolina primary, Super Tuesday Biden's new campaign ad features Obama speech praising him Obama Commerce secretary backs Biden's 2020 bid MORE endorsed Joe Biden's Democratic presidential bid on Wednesday, citing his leadership and "incomparable domestic and foreign policy expertise." 

"During the Obama-Administration, I was fortunate enough to work closely with Joe Biden and witness, firsthand, Joe’s leadership and ability to deliver for working families," Pritzker, who served in former President Obama's Cabinet while Biden was vice president, said in a statement.

“With incomparable domestic and foreign policy expertise, I can think of no one better prepared for the job of President of the United States than Joe Biden. He will be a commander-in-chief that will make all Americans proud, and he will rebuild our alliances to make our nation once again respected across the world as a beacon of hope, opportunity and freedom. I am incredibly proud to endorse him for President," she continued.


Pritzker, brother of Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D), first joined Obama's presidential campaign in 2007 after being active in Chicago politics for years, including serving as a member of Chicago's Board of Education, and was a member of the board of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

Her endorsement comes after another Obama-era official, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, recently endorsed Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren says Republican Party 'eating itself and it is discovering that the meal is poisonous' Briahna Joy Gray: Warren not endorsing Sanders in 2020 was 'really frustrating' McConnell hits Democratic critics of Israel MORE's (D-Mass.) presidential bid after ending his own campaign.

Despite lagging in some early voting states, Biden, who has stressed his ties to Obama, remains the front-runner for the Democratic nomination with most national polls showing him ahead of contenders such as Warren and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersStudy: Early unemployment cutoff would cost 16M people 0B Machine Gun Kelly reveals how Bernie Sanders aided him in his relationship with Megan Fox Overnight Health Care: CDC approves Pfizer vaccine for adolescents aged 12-15 | House moderates signal concerns with Pelosi drug pricing bill | Panel blasts COVID-19 response MORE (I-Vt.).

The Biden campaign also announced endorsements from a group of female state lawmakers in Ohio, including Reps. Allison Russo, Kristin Boggs, Randi Clites, Tavia Galonski, Michele Lepore-Hagan, Mary Lightbody, Jessica Miranda, Lisa Sobecki and Bride Rose Sweeney.

"This all-female group of endorsers will play key roles in the campaign’s Women for Biden grassroots movement—a national network of supporters working to connect and organize other women to help get Joe elected because of his unmatched record fighting for women’s health care, paychecks, safety, and families," the campaign said.


In a statement, Russo pointed to Biden's support for ObamaCare as a reason for her endorsement.

“Vice President BidenJoe BidenFauci says school should be open 'full blast' five days a week in the fall Overnight Defense: Military sexual assault reform bill has votes to pass in Senate l First active duty service member arrested over Jan. 6 riot l Israeli troops attack Gaza Strip Immigration experts say GOP senators questioned DHS secretary with misleading chart MORE was instrumental in passing the Affordable Care Act, and has always championed for working families. His commitment to improving the health care, education, and economy for every community in Ohio and the country will pave the way for my children, and other people’s children," she wrote, adding: "That’s why I’m proud to endorse Joe Biden for President.”

— This report was updated at 10:06 a.m.