Tim Kaine endorses Joe Biden ahead of Super Tuesday

Tim Kaine endorses Joe Biden ahead of Super Tuesday
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“Democrats have many good public servants and admirable people running for President. I will vote in the Virginia presidential primary for Joe Biden," Kaine said in a statement. 
 
Kaine's endorsement of Biden comes as three of his colleagues — Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSteyer endorses Biden for president Sanders says he wouldn't 'drop dead' if Trump decided on universal healthcare Sanders 2020 press secretary: Democratic leadership interested in 'corporate status quo' or 'they're planning to replace Joe' MORE (I-Vt.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSteyer endorses Biden for president Biden joins calls to release racial breakdowns of coronavirus cases, deaths The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden faces tough task of uniting Democrats MORE (D-Mass.) and Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: State officials push for more election funds | Coronavirus surveillance concerns ramp up pressure for privacy bill | Senators warned not to use Zoom | Agencies ask FCC to revoke China Telecom's license Senators, bipartisan state officials press Congress for more election funds The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden faces tough task of uniting Democrats MORE (D-Minn.) — are battling with Biden for the party's presidential nomination. 
 
Though Sanders, the front-runner, and Warren are ideologically farther to the left than Kaine, Klobuchar occupies a similar middle ground, but has struggled to break out from the party's crowded presidential primary field. 
 
Kaine, in his statement, touted Biden's work during the Obama administration, saying former President Obama "wisely chose" Biden to be his vice president. 
 
"Vice President Biden worked hand-in-hand with President Obama to rescue the American economy from catastrophe, expand health care to millions of people, revive creative diplomacy to keep Americans safe, tackle global challenges like climate change, and appoint high-quality people across the executive and judicial branches of our government," Kaine said. 
 
He also contrasted Biden with Trump, who he does not mention by name, and compared him to former President Truman. 
 
“America is afflicted by a President who delights in division, cruelty, lies, chaos, and self-congratulation. We are better than that, and Americans deserve better in the Oval Office," Kaine said.

“It is sad to have a President who no one holds up as a role model for America’s kids. By contrast, Joe Biden has exemplary heart, character, and experience. He reminds me of Harry S. Truman, an outwardly ordinary man whose work ethic, faith in the goodness of everyday Americans, and love of country made him a great President. I am proud to vote for Joe Biden," he added.

Though most Democratic senators have stayed away from endorsing in the primary, several including Sens. Christopher CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsHillicon Valley: State officials push for more election funds | Coronavirus surveillance concerns ramp up pressure for privacy bill | Senators warned not to use Zoom | Agencies ask FCC to revoke China Telecom's license Senators, bipartisan state officials press Congress for more election funds Bipartisan senators call on China to close all wet markets MORE (Del.), Doug Jones (Ala.), Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Tentative deal would slash global oil production by 10 percent| Democrat questions WH transparency in rollback of bedrock environmental law Democrat questions WH transparency in rollback of bedrock environmental law Overnight Energy: Trump rolls back Obama-era fuel efficiency standards | Controversial Keystone XL construction to proceed | Pressure mounts to close national parks amid pandemic MORE (Del.) and Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinKudlow slams senators who allegedly traded stock before pandemic Senators demand more details from Trump on intel watchdog firing Zoom, grocery delivery, self-isolation: How lawmakers are surviving coronavirus MORE (Calif.) have said they will support Biden.

 
His endorsement of Biden comes as the former vice president is hoping to use a strong showing in South Carolina this weekend to give his campaign a boost of momentum heading into Super Tuesday, when voters in 15 states and territories will cast their ballots. 
 
Though Biden once led the Democratic primary field, he's struggled in early primary and caucus states like Iowa and New Hampshire.
 
Biden also remains at the bottom of the list as the lowest spender in Super Tuesday states, where Sanders is drastically outspending him in online ads.