Within the first hours of officially launching his campaign, former Vice President Joe Biden has more Senate endorsements than the 19 other Democrats running for president combined.
Senators Doug Jones (D-Ala.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) have all expressed they will back the former vice president in his attempt to win the Democratic nomination and ultimately unseat President Donald Trump.
Jones and Casey made their endorsements official this morning after Biden released his three-minute long ad announcing his candidacy.
“The quality that makes Joe stand out is his ability to bring people together to find common ground while standing up for what he believes is right,” Jones tweeted Thursday morning.
“We need to listen to each other & get things done for working people. Joe can, and will, do that. That’s why I support Joe Biden.”
The quality that makes Joe stand out is his ability to bring people together to find common ground while standing up for what he believes is right. We need to listen to each other & get things done for working people. Joe can, and will, do that. That’s why I support Joe Biden. https://t.co/vxnLQu0XDZ
— Doug Jones (@DougJones) April 25, 2019
Senator Casey released a four-paragraph recommendation for the former vice president, detailing his time he spent working with Biden. “At this make-or-break moment for the middle class, our children and our workers, American need Cive President Joe Biden to be its next president,” he wrote.
Read the full endorsement below:
— Johnny Verhovek (@JTHVerhovek) April 25, 2019
Coons, Carper, and Feinstein all made their endorsements while there was still speculation if the former vice president would run or not. Carper doubled-down on his endorsement Thursday morning.
The endorsements from both Democratic senators from Biden’s home state of Delaware were expected, but Feinstein’s endorsement is surprising, considering her fellow Californian Sen. Kamala Harris is in the race as well.
“Joe was chairman of the Judiciary [Committee] when he came to this place. I’ve watched him as vice president, I’ve seen him operate, I’ve seen him perform,” Feinstein said back in January. “He brings a level of experience and seniority which I think is really important.”
Only three other senators have endorsed Democratic candidates this year, all of them supporting the candidate from their state: Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) for Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minn.) for Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.).