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Gillibrand endorses Biden for president

Gillibrand endorses Biden for president
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Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandDemocratic senators urge Facebook to take action on anti-Muslim bigotry Social media responds to Harris making history: 'I feel like our ancestors are rejoicing' Ocasio-Cortez says she doesn't plan on 'staying in the House forever' MORE (D-N.Y.) on Thursday endorsed former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump 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 John TrumpBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump 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 SandersDemocrats brush off calls for Biden to play hardball on Cabinet picks What's behind the divisions over Biden's secretary of Labor? Young voters set turnout record, aiding Biden win MORE (I-Vt.). Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardSix people whose election wins made history Next Congress expected to have record diversity Native Americans elected to Congress in record numbers this year 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.