Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE endorsed Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE’s bid for the White House on Tuesday, making her the latest party leader to throw her support behind the presumptive Democratic nominee.
The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee and former secretary of State announced her support for the former vice president during a virtual town hall event focusing on the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on women.
“I am thrilled to be part of your campaign — to not only endorse you but to help highlight a lot of the issues that are at stake in this presidential election,” she told Biden in a joint livestream.
Clinton also recounted her relationship with Biden from their time together in the Senate to their work in the Obama administration.
“I’ve been in the lobby of the Senate. I’ve been in the cloakroom and I’ve watched Joe bring people together,” she said. “We need a leader — a president — like Joe Biden.”
Biden has racked up a slew of high-profile endorsements in recent weeks, including one from Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.), the progressive standard-bearer who ended his own campaign for the White House earlier this month. Other high-profile Democrats who have publicly thrown their support behind Biden recently include former President Obama, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) and former Vice President Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreCNN coronavirus town hall to feature science author David Quammen, ‘Empire’ actress Taraji Henson Top Democratic pollster advised Biden campaign to pick Warren as VP Melania Trump to appear on CNN coronavirus town hall Thursday night MORE.
Clinton, for the most part, kept her distance from Democratic primary politics over the past year, though she made known her distaste for Sanders, whom she fought bitterly with during the party’s 2016 presidential nominating contest.
Her endorsement of Biden is not particularly surprising, given that the former vice president is all but certain to be the Democratic nominee.
Still, her support is likely to prove valuable for Biden. Even after falling to President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE in 2016, Clinton commands the support of a legion of supporters, many of them women.
She also has the unique status of being the only other Democrat to go head-to-head with Trump in an election, and she could provide much-needed advice to Biden as he heads into a potentially bruising general election campaign against the president.
Clinton and Biden’s relationship has seen its share of ups and downs over the years. The two battled it out for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008 before serving in the Obama administration together. Biden also weighed a run for the White House in 2016, but backed away from the idea after Obama threw his support behind Clinton.
After Clinton’s loss to Trump in 2016, Biden spoke somewhat critically of her campaign, suggesting that it failed to reach out to the middle-class voters who had long been a part of the Democratic coalition.
“What happened was that this was the first campaign that I can recall where my party did not talk about what it always stood for, and that was how to maintain a burgeoning middle class,” Biden said in a 2017 appearance at the University of Pennsylvania.
“You didn’t hear a single solitary sentence in the last campaign about that guy working on the assembly line making $60,000 bucks a year and a wife making $32,000 as a hostess in a restaurant,” he added.