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Pelosi endorses Biden for president

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Trump says stimulus deal will happen after election | Holiday spending estimates lowest in four years | Domestic workers saw jobs, hours plummet due to COVID Hoyer lays out ambitious Democratic agenda for 2021, with health care at top CNN won't run pro-Trump ad warning Biden will raise taxes on middle class MORE (D-Calif.) on Monday endorsed former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGiuliani goes off on Fox Business host after she compares him to Christopher Steele Trump looks to shore up support in Nebraska Jeff Daniels narrates new Biden campaign ad for Michigan MORE's White House bid, becoming the latest prominent Democrat to officially lend her support to the party’s presumptive nominee.

In a prerecorded video, Pelosi touted Biden as a “voice of reason and resilience” who has the ability to lead recovery efforts in the U.S. in response to the coronavirus pandemic. She also cited his work to implement the Affordable Care Act and the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act as examples of his leadership skills. 

"I am proud to endorse Joe Biden for president of the United States because he will be an extraordinary president," Pelosi said. "He knows how to get the job done."

“When our nation faced the Great Recession, it was Joe Biden who led the implementation — and the accountability — of the Recovery Act, helping create and save millions of jobs. When the Democratic Congress was passing the Affordable Care Act, Joe Biden was a partner for progress in the White House and also championed the Cancer Moonshot," she added. 

Biden has enjoyed a wave of prominent endorsements since Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) dropped out of the Democratic presidential primary race, all but assuring a Biden nomination. Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Defense: Dems want hearing on DOD role on coronavirus vaccine | US and India sign data-sharing pact | American citizen kidnapped in Niger Conservative operatives Wohl, Burkman charged in Ohio over false robocalls Senate Democrats want hearing on Pentagon vaccine effort MORE (D-Mass.) and former President Obama have publicly backed the former vice president in recent weeks. 
 
 
"With so much at stake, we need the enthusiasm, invigoration and participation of all Americans — up and down the ballot, and across the country," she said, adding that "now more than ever, we need a forward-looking, battle-tested leader who will fight for the people."
 
Her endorsement comes after a string of polls showed Biden with advantages over Trump nationally and in some key battleground states. One survey last week showed Biden with a 8-point lead over the president, despite Trump's approval rating matching an all-time high. Biden also leads Trump by 8 points in Michigan, a state that the president won in 2016, according to a Fox News survey.
 
With the outbreak of the coronavirus suspending in-person campaigning, Biden has regularly appeared on news programs to address the crisis and how the Trump administration is responding to it. He's repeatedly derided the president's handling of the outbreak, saying that he should give more deference to the scientists leading the response.