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Moulton endorses Biden's presidential bid

Moulton endorses Biden's presidential bid
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Rep. Seth MoultonSeth MoultonOvernight Defense: Iran talks set up balancing act for Biden | Pentagon on alert amid Russian saber rattling | Lawmakers urge Pentagon to be pickier about commanders' requests for more troops Is it okay to waste infrastructure dollars? Lawmakers want Pentagon, DOJ to punish current, former military members who participated in riot MORE (D-Mass.), who ended his own short-lived presidential campaign last August, formally endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden's 2020 White House bid on Monday, The Wall Street Journal reported

Moulton said he chose Biden because he trusts the former vice president to unite the party. 

“The most important task for Democrats in 2020 is to get Donald TrumpDonald TrumpDemocrats, activists blast reported Trump DOJ effort to get journalists' phone records Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit Trump admin got phone records of WaPo reporters covering Russia probe: report MORE out of the White House and Vice President BidenJoe BidenBiden to meet with 6 GOP senators next week Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit On The Money: Five takeaways on a surprisingly poor jobs report | GOP targets jobless aid after lackluster April gain MORE is the best candidate to do that,” Moulton told the Journal “Biden has the most experience and the widest appeal to the broadest swath of voters in the places we need to win this November.”

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Moulton also said that Biden "can bring together the Democratic Party’s winning coalition from the Obama years.”

“He can also appeal to moderates, independents and Republicans who are disillusioned with Trump’s behavior,” he added.

The Massachusetts representative, who has been in office since 2015, also pointed to Biden's foreign policy experience. 

"In this complicated time at home and around the world, Joe Biden has the experience and judgment not just to win in November, but to lead our nation after he does—by fighting for opportunity, equality, and security like he’s done his whole career," he said in a statement to The Hill.

Moulton said in his statement to The Hill that Biden was the first person to hold a rally for him during his campaign for Congress. He said he will go to Iowa and New Hampshire to campaign for Biden ahead of voting in both states next month. 

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Polling trends in recent days show a tightening race between Biden and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGOP is consumed by Trump conspiracy theories Manchin on collision course with Warren, Sanders Sanders on Cheney drama: GOP is an 'anti-democratic cult' MORE (I-Vt.) in Iowa ahead of the next week's caucuses. But polls in New Hampshire have shown a stronger Sanders lead.

Recent polls have shown Biden, Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDebate over ICBMs: Will 'defund our defenses' be next? Manchin on collision course with Warren, Sanders Hillicon Valley: Broadband companies funded fake net neutrality comments, investigation finds | Twitter rolls out tip feature | Google to adopt 'hybrid work week' MORE (D-Mass.) pulling away in Super Tuesday states, making the early votes in Iowa and New Hampshire a crucial chance for the campaigns to try and build momentum. 

Moulton added that Biden gets his vote as the best candidate and that he thinks the former vice president has been the most consistent front-runner.