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Gillibrand endorses Biden for president

Gillibrand endorses Biden for president
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Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandOvernight Defense: Austin and Milley talk budget, Afghanistan, sexual assault and more at wide-ranging Senate hearing Top general: Military justice overhaul proposed by Gillibrand 'requires some detailed study' Cher apologizes for confusing Sinema, Gillibrand MORE (D-N.Y.) on Thursday endorsed former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden prepares to confront Putin Ukrainian president thanks G-7 nations for statement of support Biden aims to bolster troubled Turkey ties in first Erdoğan meeting MORE, becoming the latest former Democratic presidential candidate to throw their support behind the Democratic frontrunner.

“He’s the absolute best candidate to defeat President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden prepares to confront Putin Biden aims to bolster troubled Turkey ties in first Erdoğan meeting Senate investigation of insurrection falls short MORE, and I think he is the person who has gained the trust and the respect of the American people in a way that no one else has,” Gillibrand told The Washington Post.

“The truth is he’s run the strongest campaign.”

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After sweeping Tuesday's slate of primaries, Biden now has more than a 200-delegate lead on his sole competitor, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Democratic tensions will only get worse as left loses patience McConnell seeks to divide and conquer Democrats Socially-distanced 'action figure' photo of G7 leaders goes viral MORE (I-Vt.). Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardTulsi Gabbard on Chicago mayor's decision to limit media interviews to people of color: 'Anti-white racism' Fox News says network and anchor Leland Vittert have 'parted ways' New co-chairs named for congressional caucus for millennials MORE (D-Hawaii) ended her long-shot campaign Thursday and then  endorsed Biden as well.

Gillibrand also told the Post that Biden has the skills to lead the country through the current coronavirus pandemic.

“His ability to empathize and absorb the fears of the country right now is essential,” the New York senator told the newspaper.

“I think we need a healer. . . . I do truly believe he is the man for this moment that we’re in here," she added.