More back­ing for Joe Biden

Pretoria News - - WORLD - |

KA­MALA Har­ris en­dorsed Joe Biden yes­ter­day and said she would “do every­thing in my power” to help elect him, be­com­ing the lat­est dropout from the Demo­cratic race for pres­i­dent to line up be­hind the for­mer vice-pres­i­dent in his bat­tle with Bernie San­ders for the nom­i­na­tion.

The de­ci­sion by the Cal­i­for­nia se­na­tor, who was one of three black can­di­dates seek­ing to chal­lenge Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, fur­ther so­lid­i­fies the Demo­cratic es­tab­lish­ment’s move to close cir­cles around Biden af­ter his Su­per Tues­day suc­cess. Her en­dorse­ment comes be­fore the next round of pri­maries, with six states vot­ing to­mor­row, in­clud­ing Michi­gan.

San­ders, a Ver­mont se­na­tor, coun­tered with his own ma­jor en­dorse­ment, an­nounc­ing that civil rights icon Jesse Jack­son was for­mally back­ing him.

Jack­son was ap­pear­ing with San­ders dur­ing a cam­paign stop in Grand Rapids, Michi­gan, and planned to say that Biden had not reached out to him for en­dorse­ment and San­ders had.

He said he chose San­ders af­ter the se­na­tor’s cam­paign of­fered re­sponses on 13 is­sues Jack­son raised, in­clud­ing pro­tect­ing vot­ing rights, in­creas­ing fund­ing for his­tor­i­cally black col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties, and com­mit­ting to putting African Amer­i­cans on the

Supreme Court, ac­cord­ing to pre­pared re­marks re­leased by the cam­paign.

Biden and San­ders, two white men in their seven­ties, are now the front-run­ners for the nom­i­na­tion in what was once a field of can­di­dates that in­cluded sev­eral woman and much younger politi­cians.

Har­ris said in her state­ment that “like many women, I watched with sad­ness as women ex­ited the race one by one”. “This is some­thing we must reckon with and it is some­thing I will have more to say about in the fu­ture,” she said. “But we must rise to unite the party and coun­try be­hind a can­di­date who re­flects the de­cency and dig­nity of the Amer­i­can peo­ple and who can ul­ti­mately de­feat Don­ald Trump.”

Biden on Fri­day won the en­dorse­ment of for­mer Mas­sachusetts gov­er­nor De­val Pa­trick, who was one of the black can­di­dates for the nom­i­na­tion.

New Jersey Se­na­tor Cory Booker hasn’t made a public en­dorse­ment yet.

Black vot­ers have an­chored Biden’s come­back since dis­ap­point­ing fin­ishes in over­whelm­ingly white Iowa and New Hamp­shire in early con­tests that put his cam­paign on the brink of col­lapse.

KA­MALA Har­ris.

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