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Warren wins endorsement of former Harris campaign's Iowa chair

Warren wins endorsement of former Harris campaign's Iowa chair
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden budget pick sparks battle with GOP Senate Warren, Brown voice support for controversial Biden budget office pick Biden's economic team gets mixed reviews from Senate Republicans MORE (D-Mass.) won the presidential endorsement of the former Iowa chairwoman of Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisWho will replace Harris in Senate? 'Rising' discusses Wisconsin formally declares Biden won election following recount Moderate Democrats: Everyone's older siblings MORE’s (D-Calif.) failed White House bid just hours before the state’s caucuses.

Deidre DeJear, who helped run Harris’s operations in the Hawkeye State before the California senator pulled out of the race, said she would caucus for Warren because of her commitment to “justice.”

“You know, I was originally endorsing Sen. Kamala Harris, and after she left the race, I was really looking for someone who’s going to be fearless and committed to justice for all people, not just some,” DeJear said in a video circulated by Warren’s campaign. 

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“We understand there’s this notion that a rising tide lifts all boats. And in that rising tide, there’s people who don’t have boats and there’s people with holes in their boats,” she added. “And Sen. Warren is one of those individuals that’s looking at, as people are rising, who’s not?” 

DeJear went on to cite Warren’s economic plans, many of which seek to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans to close income and other financial gaps in the country. 

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“I have no doubt in my mind that she is going to add so much value to each and every one of our individual households,” she said. 

DeJear’s endorsement of Warren came just hours before Iowa caucusgoers began declaring who they would support in the state’s nominating contest. 

Warren’s poll numbers have dipped in recent months in Iowa, with surveys showing her behind former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGeraldo Rivera on Trump sowing election result doubts: 'Enough is enough now' Senate approves two energy regulators, completing panel Murkowski: Trump should concede White House race MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden budget pick sparks battle with GOP Senate Overnight Defense: Defense bill among Congress's year-end scramble | Iranian scientist's assassination adds hurdles to Biden's plan on nuclear deal | Navy scrapping USS Bonhomme Richard after fire Biden faces new Iran challenges after nuclear scientist killed MORE (I-Vt.), though she remains within striking distance.

In the lead-up to Iowa’s caucuses, Warren’s campaign has sought to cast the Massachusetts senator as a potential Democratic unifier who can bring together the centrist and progressive flanks of the party.

“More so than anything, one thing that she’s committed to doing is uniting us together because we have a big stumbling block ahead of us, and his name is Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGeraldo Rivera on Trump sowing election result doubts: 'Enough is enough now' Murkowski: Trump should concede White House race Scott Atlas resigns as coronavirus adviser to Trump MORE,” said DeJear. “And it’s not something that is very, very difficult for us to get over, but she also understands that we are stronger together in getting over this hump.”

DeJear was the Democratic nominee for Iowa’s secretary of state in 2018, becoming the first black candidate to win a major party nomination for a statewide office in the Hawkeye State, though she eventually lost the general election.