With the Iowa caucus still over a year away and the field of Democratic contenders still growing, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) is already making an endorsement for his party’s 2020 presidential nominee.
Just one day after Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) officially launched her campaign with a massive rally in Oakland, California, Lieu is offering a full-throated endorsement of her candidacy on Twitter.
“And so, I stand before you today, clear-eyed about the fight ahead and what has to be done — with faith in God, with fidelity to country, and with the fighting spirit I got from my mother,” Harris said Sunday, kickstarting her campaign. “I stand before you today to announce my candidacy for president of the United States.”
Watch Kamala Harris’ official campaign kickoff below:
After the rally on Sunday, Lieu wasted no time in backing Harris’ candidacy.
“Known Kamala for many years & worked together on various issues,” Lieu wrote Monday. “She embraces the future, not the past, and is the person we need to move America forward.”
Lieu also encouraged his followers to watch CNN’s Monday night Iowa town hall with Harris.
I endorse @KamalaHarris for President.
Known Kamala for many years & worked together on various issues. She embraces the future, not the past, and is the person we need to move America forward.
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) January 28, 2019
Lieu has grown a sizable audience on Twitter — over 927,000 followers — with his frequent and passionate opposition to President Donald Trump. His endorsement makes him one of the first members of Congress to offer explicit support for one candidate in the crowded and still growing field of Democratic contenders.
Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) weighed in on the race early in offering an endorsement for the presidential campaign of his brother, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro.
Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) was first House member to endorse Julián Castro for President who spoke at his brother's 2020 Presidential campaign announcement in San Antonio on January 12. pic.twitter.com/mWPhvaM1pp
— Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) January 28, 2019
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) also expressed a desire to see former Vice President Joe Biden enter the race but stopped short of an endorsement.