Baucus backing Biden's 2020 bid

Baucus backing Biden's 2020 bid
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Former Sen. Max BaucusMax Sieben BaucusBaucus backing Biden's 2020 bid Bottom line Overnight Defense: McCain honored in Capitol ceremony | Mattis extends border deployment | Trump to embark on four-country trip after midterms MORE (D-Mont.) has endorsed former Joe BidenJoe BidenPoll: Bloomberg stalls after Vegas debate Bloomberg campaign: Vandalism at Tennessee office 'echoes language from the Sanders campaign and its supporters' Democratic strategist says Biden 'has to' get second place in Nevada MORE's Democratic presidential bid.

The former vice president's campaign announced Baucus's endorsement on Sunday, one day ahead of the Iowa caucuses that will kick off the Democratic primary process.

Baucus, who served as U.S. ambassador to China in the Obama administration, said in a statement that Biden “is a man of integrity and strong character, exactly what we need in our next president.”

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“Joe Biden is a respected leader with the domestic and foreign affairs experience critical to beat Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpComey responds to Trump with Mariah Carey gif: 'Why are you so obsessed with me?' Congress to get election security briefing next month amid Intel drama New York man accused of making death threats against Schumer, Schiff MORE and move our country forward,” he added . “That’s why I’m proud to endorse Joe Biden for President.”

Biden’s campaign touts more than 1,300 endorsements from national, state and local officials.

The former vice president is one of four 2020 Democratic candidates expected to lead the Iowa caucuses, along with Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPoll: Bloomberg stalls after Vegas debate Prominent Texas Latina endorses Warren Bloomberg campaign: Vandalism at Tennessee office 'echoes language from the Sanders campaign and its supporters' MORE (I-Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenPoll: Bloomberg stalls after Vegas debate Bloomberg unveils billboards to troll Trump ahead of campaign stops John Legend joining Warren in South Carolina next week: report MORE (D-Mass.) and former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegPoll: Bloomberg stalls after Vegas debate Bloomberg campaign: Vandalism at Tennessee office 'echoes language from the Sanders campaign and its supporters' Buttigieg to join striking South Carolina McDonald's workers next week MORE

Biden held a slight lead in a Friday poll by Park Street Strategies for the Hawkeye State, with a 2-percentage-point lead over Sanders and 3-point leads over Warren and Buttigieg. The RealClearPolitics average currently shows Sanders with a 3.6 percentage point lead in Iowa.