Biden endorsed by JFK daughter Caroline Kennedy

Biden endorsed by JFK daughter Caroline Kennedy
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Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of the late President Kennedy, on Tuesday endorsed former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response Biden tells CNN town hall that he has benefited from white privilege MORE in the Democratic primary. 

Kennedy championed Biden’s record as well as his character in her announcement. 

“Although 60 years have passed, people still tell me that they are inspired by the words from my father’s inaugural address: ‘Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.’ Joe Biden embodies those words,” she said in an op-ed published Tuesday in The Boston Globe announcing the endorsement.

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“He understands that the source of America’s strength — what truly makes us great — are the values and ideals that unite us. That’s what his life of service tells us. That is what his character and decency reflect. That’s why, at this fragile moment for our democracy, Joe Biden is the president we need.”

Kennedy said she supported Biden back when then-candidate Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Don't expect a government check anytime soon Trump appointees stymie recommendations to boost minority voting: report Obama's first presidential memoir, 'A Promised Land,' set for November release MORE, whom she also endorsed, asked her to help lead the search for a running mate. 

She added that she has “admired” Biden since she served as a Senate intern in 1974. 

Kennedy also said that Biden, who has consistently been one of the top moderate contenders in the Democratic field, has the best chance to defeat President TrumpDonald John TrumpHR McMaster says president's policy to withdraw troops from Afghanistan is 'unwise' Cast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response MORE in November by attracting independent and even Republican voters. 

“We need a nominee who can compete in every state, who can bring wandering Democrats and independents back to the fold, and even attract some Republicans,” she wrote, adding that Biden on the top of the ticket is also Democrats' “best bet” to keep control of “the gains we made in the House, and put the Senate in play.”

A spokesperson for the Biden campaign was not immediately available for comment. 

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The backing from Kennedy comes as Biden and his opponents await results from Monday night’s first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses.

The Iowa Democratic Party said results will be released on Tuesday after significant delays resulting in issues with reporting.

The Democrats will next turn their attention to New Hampshire for next week's primary.