Hickenlooper endorses Biden for president

Hickenlooper endorses Biden for president
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Former Colorado Gov. John HickenlooperJohn Hickenlooper Senate outlook slides for GOP The Hill's Campaign Report: Colorado, Utah primary results bring upsets, intrigue The Hill's Morning Report - Republicans shift, urge people to wear masks MORE (D) endorsed Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says he will rejoin WHO on his first day in office Tammy Duckworth is the epitome of the American Dream Mexico's president uses US visit to tout ties with Trump MORE’s White House bid, becoming the latest former presidential contender to back his campaign.

Hickenlooper, who dropped out of the White House race last year and is now running for the Senate, specifically cited Biden’s plan to help boost small businesses hurt by the coronavirus pandemic.

“Our small businesses, workers, and families are hurting. Joe Biden is the leader we need to fight for them, and that's why I'm supporting his campaign,” Hickenlooper said in a statement circulated by Biden’s campaign.

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Biden’s plan would, among other things, establish a fund of $60 billion for smaller lenders and community-based financial institutions and provide assurances that the money can’t go to larger firms.

The former vice president has garnered widespread support across the Democratic Party since early April, when his lone primary rival, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTammy Duckworth is the epitome of the American Dream On The Money: Deficit rises to record .7 trillion amid pandemic: CBO | Democrats sidestep budget deal by seeking 0B in emergency spending | House panel advances spending bill with funding boost to IRS Biden-Sanders unity task force calls for Fed, US Postal Service consumer banking MORE (I-Vt.), suspended his campaign.

He has since racked up endorsements from a number of his former presidential opponents, including Sanders and Sens. Elisabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisDemocrats awash with cash in battle for Senate Tammy Duckworth hits back at Tucker Carlson: 'Walk a mile in my legs' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump wants schools to reopen, challenged on 'harmless' COVID-19 remark MORE (D-Calif.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerData shows seven Senate Democrats have majority non-white staffs New Jersey incumbents steamroll progressive challengers in primaries Amy Kennedy wins NJ primary to face GOP's Van Drew MORE (D-N.J.).

Hickenlooper is running in one of the most closely-watched Senate races in Colorado, where he is running to unseat Sen. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerLincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Court orders Dakota Access Pipeline to shut down | Energy companies cancel Atlantic Coast Pipeline | House rejects Trump cuts, proposes boost for environmental agencies Senate outlook slides for GOP MORE (R), who is widely seen as vulnerable in a state Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillicon Valley: Facebook civil rights audit finds 'serious setbacks' | Facebook takes down Roger Stone-affiliated accounts, pages | State and local officials beg Congress for more elections funds OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Sanders-Biden climate task force calls for carbon-free power by 2035 | Park Police did not record radio transmissions during June 1 sweep of White House protesters | Court upholds protections for Yellowstone grizzly bears GOP Miami mayor does not commit to voting for Trump MORE won in 2016.