Michigan, Wisconsin Democratic senators endorse Biden

Michigan, Wisconsin Democratic senators endorse Biden
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The Democratic senators for Michigan and Wisconsin announced their endorsements of Joe BidenJoe BidenFighter jet escorts aircraft that entered restricted airspace during UN gathering Julian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy FBI investigating alleged assault on Fort Bliss soldier at Afghan refugee camp MORE’s presidential bid Wednesday as the former vice president seeks to make inroads in the crucial swing states.

Michigan Sens. Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowDemocrats surprised, caught off guard by 'framework' deal Congress facing shutdown, debt crisis with no plan B GOP warns McConnell won't blink on debt cliff MORE and Gary PetersGary PetersHillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Officials want action on cyberattacks Officials urge Congress to consider fining companies that fail to report cyber incidents Senate Democrats announce million investment in key battlegrounds ahead of 2022 MORE and Wisconsin Sen. Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinDemocrats confront 'Rubik's cube on steroids' Warren, Daines introduce bill honoring 13 killed in Kabul attack This week: Democrats kick off chaotic fall with Biden's agenda at stake MORE announced their support for Biden, who has all but locked up the 2020 Democratic nomination after Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDon't let partisan politics impede Texas' economic recovery The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by the League of Conservation Voters — EPA finalizing rule cutting HFCs MORE (I-Vt.), his lone remaining primary rival, dropped out and endorsed him.

Both Stabenow and Peters cited Biden’s work in the Obama administration to bail out the auto industry, which helped the Wolverine State during the recession.

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“Joe Biden has always had our backs in Michigan,” said Stabenow. “Time after time, he has been there for us when it really counted. Whether it's standing with our auto industry during the 2009 crisis, protecting our Great Lakes or making sure people have health care, Joe Biden understands our Michigan way of life.”

“I am proud to endorse Joe Biden because he’s always been there for Michigan. From standing with our state in rescuing the auto industry to providing economic stimulus to guide our communities out of the financial crisis — Joe has shown that he'll continue to be a champion for Michigan’s middle class families and workers,” added Peters. 

Baldwin touted the importance Wisconsin holds in the 2020 race and said she would do everything she could to help Biden win the key state in November.

“I'm supporting Joe Biden for president not just because he's always fought for the bold, progressive change that working families in Wisconsin need — but because he understands that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect — and afforded the opportunity to thrive,” Baldwin said in a video. “The road to the White House goes right through Wisconsin, and I’m going to do everything I can to make sure Joe Biden wins here in November. And I hope you’ll join me.”

The endorsements from the three senators follow backing for Biden from Democratic heavy hitters like former President Obama and Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenTreasury says more rental aid is reaching tenants, preventing evictions 11 senators urge House to pass .5T package before infrastructure bill Senate Democrats seeking information from SPACs, questioning 'misaligned incentives' MORE (D-Mass.).

While unsurprising, the latest endorsements set up crucial establishment support for Biden in two states Democrats are eager to flip after narrowly losing them to President TrumpDonald TrumpJulian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy Overnight Energy & Environment — League of Conservation Voters — Climate summit chief says US needs to 'show progress' on environment Five takeaways from Arizona's audit results MORE in 2016.