Duckworth endorses Biden ahead of Super Tuesday

Duckworth endorses Biden ahead of Super Tuesday
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Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthABC's Whoopi Goldberg to headline Biden fundraiser with Sen. Tammy Duckworth House Democrat to introduce legislation allowing governors to extend National Guard deployments The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Mnuchin, Powell: Economy may need more boost; Trump defends malaria drug MORE (D-Ill.) endorsed Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Americans debate life under COVID-19 risks Biden set to make risky economic argument against Trump Hillicon Valley: Tech companies lead way on WFH forever | States and counties plead for cybersecurity assistance | Trump weighing anti-conservative bias panel MORE on Monday, building on the former vice president’s support from lawmakers ahead of the crucial Super Tuesday races. 

Duckworth, a combat veteran, lauded Biden as the best candidate to support U.S. troops and veterans. 

“Those of us who've served this nation in uniform understand just how important it is for the commander in chief to have not only the depth of experience needed to protect our country, but also the humility to recognize the magnitude of the sacrifices our troops make on their orders,” Duckworth said in a statement.

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“As a combat veteran and former assistant VA [Veterans Affairs] secretary, I know that Joe Biden won't just pay lip service to those sacrifices, he'll make sure our troops and veterans receive the support, care and respect they've earned.” 

She pitched Biden as an alternative to President TrumpDonald John TrumpMulvaney: 'We've overreacted a little bit' to coronavirus Former CBS News president: Most major cable news outlets 'unrelentingly liberal' in 'fear and loathing' of Trump An old man like me should be made more vulnerable to death by COVID-19 MORE, claiming Biden, unlike the incumbent Republican, has a “proven record” of delivering on promises to “help the little guy and communities of color.”

Duckworth is the seventh senator to back Biden’s candidacy. 

He was previously endorsed by Illinois Reps. Brad SchneiderBradley (Brad) Scott SchneiderIllinois governor endorses Biden one day before primary Durbin endorses Biden: He 'can start to heal the wounds of this divided nation' Duckworth endorses Biden ahead of Super Tuesday MORE (D) and Danny DavisDaniel (Danny) K. DavisDemocrats urge Treasury to assist Social Security recipients who miss key coronavirus payment deadline Democrats urge administration to automatically issue coronavirus checks to more people Illinois governor endorses Biden one day before primary MORE (D). 

Ahead of Super Tuesday, Biden was also raking up endorsements from members of Congress representing the 14 states that will vote Tuesday along with American Samoa. 

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Rep. Veronica EscobarVeronica EscobarThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Pence visits Orlando as all 50 states reopen The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Mnuchin, Powell: Economy may need more boost; Trump defends malaria drug Democrats lobby Biden on VP choice MORE (D-Texas) announced her Biden endorsement Monday, as did Rep. Gil CisnerosGilbert (Gil) Ray CisnerosMORE (D-Calif). Virginia Rep. Jennifer WextonJennifer Lynn WextonDemocratic lawmaker calls for Peace Corps, Americorps volunteers to be eligible for unemployment benefits Black voters propel Biden to big wins in Virginia, NC, Alabama Biden notches major win in Virginia primary MORE (D) announced her endorsement for Biden on Sunday. 

Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) also endorsed Biden on Sunday, after former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegIt'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 The Hill's Campaign Report: Democrat concedes in California House race MORE dropped out of the race. Beyer was the first member of Congress to endorse Buttigieg. 

Biden is looking to build on his momentum after winning his first primary Saturday in South Carolina. He could pick up support from some of Buttigieg’s moderate supporters looking for a new candidate to back in the race. 

Biden is heading into Super Tuesday second in terms of number of pledged delegates, with Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHillicon Valley: Tech companies lead way on WFH forever | States and counties plead for cybersecurity assistance | Trump weighing anti-conservative bias panel Biden wins Hawaii primary Warren to host high-dollar fundraiser for Biden MORE (I-Vt.) in the lead, after wins in New Hampshire and Nevada. 

Illinois is not among the 15 races Tuesday. Illinois is scheduled to hold its primary March 17.