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Baucus backing Biden's 2020 bid

Baucus backing Biden's 2020 bid
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Former Sen. Max BaucusMax Sieben BaucusBottom line Bottom line Bottom line MORE (D-Mont.) has endorsed former Joe BidenJoe BidenSenate Democrats negotiating changes to coronavirus bill Rural Americans are the future of the clean energy economy — policymakers must to catch up WHO official says it's 'premature' to think pandemic will be over by end of year 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 TrumpProsecutors focus Trump Organization probe on company's financial officer: report WHO official says it's 'premature' to think pandemic will be over by end of year Romney released from hospital after fall over the weekend 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 SandersOn The Money: Senators push for changes as chamber nears vote on .9T relief bill | Warren offers bill to create wealth tax Sanders vows to force vote on minimum wage No. 2 Senate Democrat shoots down overruling parliamentarian on minimum wage MORE (I-Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOn The Money: Senators push for changes as chamber nears vote on .9T relief bill | Warren offers bill to create wealth tax Sanders vows to force vote on minimum wage Warren's wealth tax would cost 100 richest Americans billion MORE (D-Mass.) and former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegHarris pushes for support for cities in coronavirus relief package Exclusive: How Obama went to bat for Warren The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden vs. Trump, part II 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.