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Baucus backing Biden's 2020 bid

Baucus backing Biden's 2020 bid

Former Sen. Max BaucusMax Sieben BaucusThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - George Floyd's death sparks protests, National Guard activation Bottom line Baucus backing Biden's 2020 bid MORE (D-Mont.) has endorsed former Joe BidenJoe BidenStopping Israel's annexation is a US national security interest Trump slams Biden staff for donating bail money to protesters At least 4,400 people arrested in connection with protests: report 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 TrumpFauci says his meetings with Trump have 'dramatically decreased' McEnany criticizes DC mayor for not imposing earlier curfew amid protests Stopping Israel's annexation is a US national security interest 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 SandersJudd Gregg: Biden — a path to the presidency, or not Biden's 'allies' gearing up to sink his campaign Expanding tax credit for businesses retaining workers gains bipartisan support MORE (I-Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenJudd Gregg: Biden — a path to the presidency, or not Vogue's Anna Wintour urges Biden to pick woman of color for VP Biden should name a 'team of colleagues' MORE (D-Mass.) and former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBiden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Here's how Biden can win over the minority vote and the Rust Belt MORE

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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.