UPDATED with Buttigieg’s comments: Pete Buttigieg, in endorsing Joe Biden on Monday, told reporters that he was “looking for a leader. I am looking for a president who will draw out what is best in each of us.”
“He is someone of such extraordinary kindness and grace,” he said.
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He was joined by Biden, who compared Buttigieg to his late son, Beau.
“I look over at Pete during the debates and I think, ‘You know, that’s a Beau,’ because he has such enormous character, such intellectual capacity and such a commitment to other people. I can’t tell you how much it means to me that he would step up and endorse me.”
Biden was holding a rally later on Monday, where Amy Klobuchar was expected to appear along with another former presidential candidate, Beto O’Rourke.
PREVIOUSLY: A day after dropping out of the presidential race, Pete Buttigieg plans to endorse Joe Biden’s presidential bid Monday night in Dallas, CNN and the Associated Press reported.
The word of Buttigieg’s endorsement came Amy Klobuchar, dropped out of the race on Monday and also planned to back Biden.
The endorsements reflect how much the Democratic presidential race has been scrambled since Biden’s blowout win in South Carolina. The Buttigieg and Klobuchar endorsements will likely focus on Biden as the more moderate alternative to Bernie Sanders, who leads in the delegate count.
Biden also picked up endorsements Monday from Harry Reid, the former Senate majority leader, former Colorado senator Mark Udall and former National Security Adviser Susan Rice. In entertainment, actress and activist Alyssa Milano announced that she was voting for Biden, tweeting that “I refuse to underestimate the power of intelligence, kindness and decency. My friend, @JoeBiden has all of that and so much more. Joe already has the respect of world leaders. He has the experience to effectively lead on day one. I’m endorsing Joe Biden for President.”
Rob Reiner, who endorsed Biden last year, wrote on Twitter, “The coalescing continues. Bloomberg needs to take his cue.”
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