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Biden: Buttigieg 'reminds me of my son Beau'

Joe BidenJoe BidenMore than 300 military family members endorse Biden Five takeaways from the final Trump-Biden debate Biden: 'I would transition from the oil industry' MORE complimented former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegLGBTQ voters must show up at the polls, or risk losing progress Buttigieg says it's time to 'turn the page' on Trump administration Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus cases surge in the Midwest; Trump hits campaign trail after COVID-19 MORE at a rally Monday night after Buttigieg announced his endorsement of the former vice president, telling attendees that the 38-year-old reminds him of his late son, Beau Biden.

With Buttigieg standing beside him, the former Delaware senator said the remark was the "highest compliment" he could give another person. Biden's eldest son — like Buttigieg, a military veteran — died from brain cancer in 2015.

"I don't think I've ever done this before, but he reminds me of my son Beau," Biden said. "That may not mean much to most people, but to me, it's the highest compliment I can give any man or woman."

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"Like Beau, he has a backbone ... like a ramrod," Biden continued.

Buttigieg conceded his bid for the 2020 Democratic nomination this week after disappointing performances in the Nevada and South Carolina primary contests, although he performed better than Biden in both of the first two states of the primary season, Iowa and New Hampshire.

Fellow former 2020 candidates Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharDurbin says he will run for No. 2 spot if Dems win Senate majority Democrats seem unlikely to move against Feinstein Senate Democrats call for ramped up Capitol coronavirus testing MORE (D-Minn.) and former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeCalls grow for Democrats to ramp up spending in Texas Texas Dems highlight health care in fight to flip state House Union leader vows 'infrequent' minority voters will help deliver Biden victory MORE (D-Texas) also planned to endorse Biden on Monday evening, a sign that the moderate wing of the party is coalescing around him in the face of the candidacy of Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden defends his health plan from Trump attacks Progressives blast Biden plan to form panel on Supreme Court reform Sanders: Progressives will work to 'rally the American people' if Biden wins MORE (I-Vt.), who leads in the delegate count going in to Super Tuesday.