WASHINGTON: Former White House contender Elizabeth Warren backed her rival Joe Biden on Wednesday, becoming the last major Democratic nominee to publicly support her presidential bid.
The formal endorsement of Warren, a progressive senator from Massachusetts, comes two days after former candidate Bernie Sanders announced his endorsement of Biden.
It also comes 24 hours after Barack Obama formally endorsed his two-term vice president, a move seen as an effort to unite the Democratic Party around the man who will challenge President Donald Trump in November.
"We cannot afford to see Donald Trump continue to endanger the lives and livelihoods of all Americans," Warren said in a video message.
"And that is why I am proud to endorse Joe Biden as President of the United States."
Warren's pledge of support is the latest boost for the staunch centrist, who has been the party's alleged candidate since his only rival, Sanders, left the race last week.
Warren, who built her campaign around a promise to "end a corrupt system" in Washington that she said rewarded the rich and fed economic inequality, abandoned in early March.
Biden, 77, has increased since straightening his listing campaign boat by winning the South Carolina primaries on February 29 and most subsequent contests.
Warren has criticized Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, warning that his administration lacks a comprehensive plan to end the crisis that has so far killed 26,000 people in the United States.
"In this time of crisis, it is more important than ever that the next president restore the faith of Americans in effective good governance," he said.
Warren described Biden as a politician of grace and determination who has dedicated his life to public service and has the experience of "rebuilding and transforming" the nation.
The 70-year-old woman spoke of seeing Biden's capabilities up close when he was vice president and she was helping the White House establish a financial watchdog agency.
"He knows that a government run with integrity, competence and heart will save lives and save livelihoods," he said.
Biden said he was proud to have Warren's support in the effort to defeat Trump and "for years to come, as we move forward through a bold and progressive political agenda" for Americans.
"The cracks in our economy that have left so many Americans exposed and vulnerable were there before the pandemic, and now they are uncovered for all to see how dangerous they are," he said.
Biden now has the backing of all major former Democratic candidates, including Senator Kamala Harris, who has been debated as a possible vice presidential election.
Posted in Dawn, April 16, 2020