WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Donald McEachin, D-4th, on Monday announced that he’s endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
“His commitment to working people and to the dignity of work is unsurpassed,” McEachin said in a statement. “He was a staunch and steadfast partner to President Obama during his historic presidency. His devotion to everyday Americans and to a fair and honorable system serves as guideposts for our democracy.”
He added: “Perhaps most importantly, I know he can defeat President Trump and that must be our first priority.”
McEachin pointed to Biden’s campaign announcement, a video that highlighted Trump’s reaction to white supremacists’ march in Charlottesville in 2017.
“When he launched his campaign last week he harkened back to that difficult moment in the commonwealth’s history, when the ordinarily idyllic city of Charlottesville was taken under siege by white supremacists.” McEachin said.
The Virginia congressman warned “Our standing as an iconic nation that has been a beacon of freedom for the rest of the world is at risk every day under this current administration.
“And Vice President Biden understands that. He also understands that we must defeat someone who equates peaceable diverse protesters with Neo-Nazis and Klansmen. Mr. Biden can do it. He is our best chance to ensure that we reclaim America and that, together, we can then offer progressive, inclusive solutions to the many issues before us.”
Biden has already scored a series of congressional endorsements since he formally jumped into the race last month, including Democratic Sens. Chris Coons and Tom Carper of Delaware, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Doug Jones of Alabama.
Many Democratic lawmakers are staying out of the fray for now, given the enormous field of contenders hoping to challenge Trump in the general election — many of whom are serving in the U.S. Senate and House.
Last month, Virginia Rep. Don Beyer (D-8th) announced he’s endorsing South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg for president.