House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Endorses Joe Biden for President

By Reuters
April 27, 2020Politics
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Endorses Joe Biden for President
Democratic Presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Paul Pelosi arrive for the funeral of Rep. Elijah Cummings at New Psalmist Baptist Church in Baltimore, Md., on Oct. 25, 2019. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

U.S. House Of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has endorsed Joe Biden for president, joining a list of top Democrats who have recently thrown their support behind the former vice president.

Pelosi’s endorsement of the Democratic presidential candidate follows that of U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Al Gore, who all threw their weight behind Biden earlier this month.

In a video statement released on April 27, Pelosi cited Biden’s experience in government, including his role in passing the Affordable Care Act, as an evidence of his leadership qualities. She said Biden is well-positioned to lead the country amid the ongoing CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus outbreak.

“As we face coronavirus, Joe has been a voice of reason and resilience, with a clear path to lead us out of this crisis,” Pelosi said in her endorsement.

Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) arrives at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on April 23, 2020. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Democratic presidential candidates, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) (L), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) (C), and former Vice President Joe Biden (R) participate in a Democratic presidential primary debate in Charleston, S.C., on Feb. 25, 2020. (Matt Rourke/AP Photo)

The endorsement comes at an opportune time for Biden, who has struggled to maintain a high profile during the COVID-19 pandemic and sustain the momentum he had built up in his lightning-quick run toward becoming the Democratic nominee.

Besides current and past Democratic leaders, Biden has also won endorsements from some other key stakeholders like Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee, a prominent climate change campaigner, and the 400,000-member United Auto Workers union.

The endorsements have given Biden a series of headlines at a time when his campaign is effectively on hold due to the CCP virus outbreak—and when U.S. President Donald Trump has captured media attention with his White House briefings.

The Democrats are eager to project unity heading into the presidential race against Trump for the Nov. 3 general election. In recent weeks, the more moderate Biden has made attempts to win the support of the liberal backers of Sanders and Warren.

By Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru

NTD staff contributed to this report.

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