Former Obama chief of staff endorses Biden

Former Obama chief of staff endorses Biden
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Former Obama White House chief of staff Denis McDonoughDenis Richard McDonoughSusan Rice calls for Flynn-Kislyak transcripts to be released GOP seeks to go on offense using Flynn against Biden Tucker Carlson: Flynn case was domestic spying operation 'hidden under the pretext of national security' MORE endorsed former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenOVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Murkowski, Mattis criticism ratchets up pressure on GOP over Trump| Esper orders hundreds of active-duty troops outside DC sent home day after reversal | Iran releases US Navy veteran Michael White Davis: 72 hours cementing the real choice for November OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump signs order removing environmental reviews for major projects | New Trump air rule will limit future pollution regulations, critics say | DNC climate group calls for larger federal investment on climate than Biden plan MORE's White House Bid in an op-ed on Super Tuesday.

McDonough's opinion piece in the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Tuesday said he worked “closely” with Biden throughout former President Obama’s tenure, and that he would be an “excellent president.”

“In what he did — and importantly how he did it — he demonstrated not just why the president trusted him to take on tough assignments but why he will be an excellent president,” he wrote. 

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McDonough said the former vice president “routinely took the hardest assignments,” writing that Biden oversaw how billions of dollars in stimulus funding was spent, got the Senate to ratify the New START arms control treaty with Russia, led efforts to improve gun background checks and promoted cancer prevention, prompting the 21st Century Cures Act in 2016.

“In his decision-making he’s always open to new ideas, not driven by ideology but by results, science and data,” he wrote. “On national security he seeks out the opinions of experienced military, diplomatic and intelligence professionals, trusting their experience and welcoming their input even — or maybe especially — when they disagree.”

McDonough, who also served as a deputy national security adviser, said Biden is “the kind of president the United States needs now.”

“It is this decision-making and thought process — on the hardest issues and in the most high-pressure situations — that lead the people who work most closely with Vice President Biden to value him and his leadership most strongly,” he wrote.

The op-ed comes as Biden competes for more than a third of the delegates in the 2020 primary in 14 states and American Samoa on Super Tuesday. The former Delaware senator currently sits in second place in the Democratic field at 54 delegates, following a rough start in Iowa and New Hampshire.

But Biden won big in South Carolina, leading his moderate competitors former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: Conspiracy theories run rampant online amid Floyd protests | First lawsuit filed against Trump social media order | Snapchat to no longer promote Trump's account Derek Chauvin charge upgraded to second-degree murder; other officers charged Democratic lawmakers push leadership to ensure college students have internet access MORE (D-Minn.) to drop out of the race and endorse him on Monday.

Meanwhile, self-described democratic socialist Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump signs order removing environmental reviews for major projects | New Trump air rule will limit future pollution regulations, critics say | DNC climate group calls for larger federal investment on climate than Biden plan Google: Chinese and Iranian hackers targeting Biden, Trump campaigns Sanders: Police departments that violate civil rights should lose federal funding MORE (I-Vt.) had a strong start to the primary season, nabbing the popular vote in Iowa and the most delegates in New Hampshire and Nevada. He sits in the lead at 60 delegates before the Super Tuesday votes come in.