Beto O'Rourke endorses Biden

Beto O'Rourke endorses Biden
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Former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeTexas Republican criticizes Cruz for Cancun trip: 'When a crisis hits my state, I'm there' Progressives target 'Cancun Cruz' in ad to run on 147 Texas radio stations 'Get off TV': Critics blast Abbott over handling of Texas power outages following winter storm MORE (D-Texas), who dropped out of the presidential race in November, on Monday endorsed former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot FireEye finds evidence Chinese hackers exploited Microsoft email app flaw since January Biden officials to travel to border amid influx of young migrants MORE's 2020 White House bid while appearing alongside him at a campaign rally in Dallas. 

The move comes as a host of Democrats work to position Biden as the moderate alternative to Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersABC names new deputy political director, weekend White House correspondent Ron Johnson forces reading of 628-page Senate coronavirus relief bill on floor GOP pulling out all the stops to delay COVID-19 package MORE (I-Vt.), the self-identified democratic socialist who has emerged as the front-runner to win the Democratic nomination. 

"Tomorrow, March 3, 2020, I will be casting my ballot for Joe Biden," O'Rourke said on the eve of Super Tuesday. "We need somebody who can beat Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot Intelligence community investigating links between lawmakers, Capitol rioters Michelle Obama slams 'partisan actions' to 'curtail access to ballot box' MORE. The man in the White House today poses an existential threat to this country, to our democracy, to free and fair elections. And we need somebody who can beat him. And in Joe Biden we have someone who is the antithesis of Donald Trump."

The remarks from O'Rourke arrived on a night in which Biden earned endorsements from three of his former Democratic primary opponents. Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Increased security on Capitol Hill amid QAnon's March 4 date Biden to meet with bipartisan lawmakers on infrastructure The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Lawmakers face Capitol threat as senators line up votes for relief bill MORE and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: YouTube to restore Trump's account | House-passed election bill takes aim at foreign interference | Senators introduce legislation to create international tech partnerships House-passed election bill takes aim at foreign interference Klobuchar, Murkowski urge FTC to protect domestic abuse victims' data MORE (D-Minn.) visited Dallas on Monday and voiced their support for the former vice president after bowing out of the race. 


Their exits came after Biden scored a lopsided victory in a South Carolina primary that has appeared to jolt his once-stalled campaign. The win in the state led to a boost in fundraising and newfound optimism among some in the Democratic Party that he could serve as a viable threat to Sanders's candidacy.

Former Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidHow to pass legislation in the Senate without eliminating the filibuster Who is the Senate parliamentarian and why is she important? Trumpists' assaults on Republicans who refuse to drink the Kool-Aid will help Democrats MORE (D-Nev.) and former National Security Adviser Susan Rice were two of several prominent Democratic figures to endorse Biden following the primary win. 

O'Rourke, who suspended his campaign last year in part due to fundraising struggles, extolled Biden as someone who can "bring us together and heal us," describing him as "decent, kind, caring, empathetic." He also called Biden the person that could reestablish the "moral authority" of the U.S. both domestically and abroad. 

Sanders solidified himself as the front-runner to win the Democratic presidential nomination after victories in Nevada and New Hampshire and a virtual tie with Buttigieg in Iowa. Recent polls have showed him with a large advantage over Biden in some of the key Super Tuesday states, including Texas and California. 

UPDATED 10:32 p.m.