Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), the 2016 vice presidential nominee, is endorsing old-fashioned vice chairman Joe Biden for the Democratic presidential nomination, hoping to give him a enhance sooner than Saturday’s South Carolina primary and Virginia’s primary on Large Tuesday.
“It is sad to have a President who no person holds up as a role mannequin for America’s adolescents. By contrast, Joe Biden has exemplary heart, character, and experience,” Kaine, a two-time length senator, said in a statement supplied to The Washington Post.
Kaine likened Biden to the 33rd president of the United States, Harry S. Truman, whom Kaine has described as his political hero — next to his father-in-law, old-fashioned Virginia governor Linwood Holton — because of Truman’s compassion for everyday of us.
“He reminds me of Harry S. Truman, an outwardly ordinary man whose work ethic, faith in the goodness of everyday Americans, and savor of country made him a great President,” Kaine said in the statement. “I am proud to vote for Joe Biden.”
The endorsement comes at a critical time for Biden, who has struggled in early nominating contests and considers South Carolina, where he is leading in polls, a crucial firewall. A Wason Heart poll of probably Democratic voters in Virginia released Friday found Biden with a modest lead in that state as successfully, with Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) and old-fashioned New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg in 2nd and third place, respectively.
Kaine is also shut to presidential hopeful Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), with whom he has teamed up on legislation. But she has struggled to find momentum since her third-place finish in the New Hampshire primary. Klobuchar, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), old-fashioned South Bend, Ind. mayor Pete Buttigieg and financier Tom Steyer were all in single digits in the Wason Heart poll.
“Democrats have many appropriate public servants and admirable of us running for President,” Kaine said in the statement.
In 2007, Kaine was governor of Virginia. He became the first sitting governor outside Barack Obama’s home state of Illinois to endorse Obama’s first campaign for president; he and was on Obama’s final listing of attainable running mates, nevertheless Obama picked Biden.
“Barack Obama wisely chose Joe as his partner in the White Dwelling,” Kaine said Friday. “And for eight years, Vice President Biden labored hand-in-hand with President Obama to rescue the American economic system from catastrophe, expand health care to hundreds of thousands of of us, revive creative diplomacy to retain Americans safe, tackle global challenges savor climate change, and appoint excessive-quality of us across the executive and judicial branches of our authorities. As a Senator, I saw first-hand Joe’s role in these accomplishments.”
Kaine, 62, was a civil rights lawyer in his adopted hometown of Richmond sooner than entering politics. He was elected to the Senate in 2012, and serves on the International Relations and Armed Services and products committees.
Kaine has decried the polarization in national politics today, and says he would savor to fashion his Senate service after retired senator John Warner, a Republican who spent 30 years in place of labor representing the state of Virginia.
“America is afflicted by a President who delights in division, cruelty, lies, chaos, and self-congratulation,” Kaine said Friday. “We are better than that, and Americans deserve better in the Oval Place of business.”
Scott Clement contributed to this document.
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