Biden endorsed by four more members of Congressional Black Caucus

Biden endorsed by four more members of Congressional Black Caucus
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump campaign launches Asian Pacific Americans coalition Biden: 'More than one African American woman' being considered for VP Liberal group asks Klobuchar to remove herself from VP consideration because of prosecutorial record MORE added four new endorsements from members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) on Tuesday, bolstering his support among the key congressional group.

Democratic Reps. Frederica WilsonFrederica Patricia WilsonHouse Democrats unveil measure to condemn police brutality Pelosi says George Floyd was 'murdered on TV' Pelosi: George Floyd death is 'a crime' MORE (Fla.), Alcee HastingsAlcee (Judge) Lamar HastingsPelosi stands firm amid calls to close Capitol Sanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden Biden endorsed by four more members of Congressional Black Caucus MORE (Fla.), Sanford Bishop (Ga.) and Donald Payne (N.J.) joined 11 other members of the CBC in backing Biden, bringing the total number of endorsements from the group for the former vice president to 15.

No other 2020 candidate has garnered more than one endorsement from the body, which holds a sizable amount of sway in Washington.

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The lawmakers cited Biden’s electability against President TrumpDonald John TrumpMichael Flynn transcripts reveal plenty except crime or collusion 50 people arrested in Minneapolis as hundreds more National Guard troops deployed Missouri state lawmaker sparks backlash by tweeting 'looters deserve to be shot' MORE and his experience during his eight years in the Obama administration when explaining their endorsements. 

“This election is about the future of our country and making sure that our children inherit a country that works for all of us. Our candidate needs to have the strength to beat Donald Trump and the heart to bring this country together, for the sake of our children. That is why I’m proud to endorse Joe Biden for President of the United States, a leader that I know will put our families and children first,” said Wilson.

“Joe Biden has the experience, vision, and heart to reunify our country after four years of Donald Trump. I’ve known Joe for years. I know that he is ready to take on the job as Commander-in-Chief on day one,” added Hastings.

The endorsements bring the total number of members of Congress endorsing Biden to 36.

The announcement of the endorsements comes the same day that Rep. Bobby RushBobby Lee RushHouse coronavirus bill aims to prevent utility shutoffs Jimmy Kimmel mocks Pence delivery of PPE Delta, American Airlines to mandate face coverings during US flights MORE (D-Ill.), another CBC member, announced his endorsement for former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergIt's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Liberals embrace super PACs they once shunned .7 billion expected to be spent in 2020 campaign despite coronavirus: report MORE in the Democratic White House race.

Biden has often touted his strong support among African American lawmakers and voters during his campaign, hoping support among the crucial voting bloc could serve as a firewall in several Southern states with heavily black primary electorates. 

Forty-eight percent of Democratic-leaning black voters said Biden is their first choice in the primary race in a Washington Post-Ipsos national poll released earlier this month, with many citing his tenure as former President Obama’s vice president. Another 20 percent said Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe battle of two Cubas Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Rep. Ro Khanna Democrats gear up to hit GOP senators on DACA MORE (I-Vt.) is their first choice, while no other candidate broke double digits in the poll.