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Former George W. Bush alumni endorse Biden

Nearly two dozen former officials who served in President George W. Bush's administration endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenEx-Biden adviser says Birx told him she hoped election turned out 'a certain way' Cheney rips Arizona election audit: 'It is an effort to subvert democracy' News leaders deal with the post-Trump era MORE on Thursday.

An announcement from the group first obtained by Politico highlighted the endorsements from Carlos Gutierrez, Bush's former Commerce secretary, and a number of other former officials.

"Ultimately, we are looking for a president to lead. We need someone who will quickly course correct and show us the path forward. We need Joe Biden to restore character, integrity and decency to the White House," the Bush alumni wrote in the announcement, which was shared by the Biden campaign.

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"We must step up, get out of our comfort zone, and vote for Joe Biden. It is time for us to have initiative in our communities and networks to stand up for character, integrity, decency, and leadership. We the people need to step up and vote our conscience so Joe Biden can capably lead this country into the future," they added.

President TrumpDonald TrumpEx-DOJ official Rosenstein says he was not aware of subpoena targeting Democrats: report Ex-Biden adviser says Birx told him she hoped election turned out 'a certain way' Cheney rips Arizona election audit: 'It is an effort to subvert democracy' MORE's efforts to win reelection have for months been opposed by Republican strategists and activists, including Steve Schmidt, former Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMeghan McCain: Harris 'sounded like a moron' discussing immigration Arizona AG Mark Brnovich launches Senate challenge to Mark Kelly Arizona Democrats launch voter outreach effort ahead of key Senate race MORE's (R-Ariz.) 2008 presidential campaign manager, who formed The Lincoln Project earlier this year in an effort to block Trump's reelection bid.

Other former aides of McCain and Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt Romney Eugene Goodman to throw out first pitch at Nationals game White House briefed on bipartisan infrastructure deal but says questions remain On The Money: Consumer prices jumped 5 percent annually in May | GOP senators say bipartisan group has infrastructure deal MORE (R-Utah), the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, have also announced their support of Biden.

And a group of former Trump administration officials, led by former Department of Homeland Security chief of staff Miles Taylor, moved this month to form a group dedicated to Biden's election. That group is reportedly seeking dozens of former GOP officials for its own anti-Trump efforts.

Biden leads the president in battleground states seen as key to the November election, but the race has tightened in recent weeks and he now leads the president by single digits in several states.