The Latest: Buttigieg Formally Announces Biden Endorsement

Mar 2, 2020

Democratic presidential candidates, Sen. former Vice President Joe Biden, left, speaks as former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg looks on during a Democratic presidential primary debate Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Las Vegas, hosted by NBC News and MSNBC.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has formally announced his endorsement of Joe Biden for the White House.

Buttigieg made the announcement Monday night in Dallas ahead of a Biden rally.

Standing behind Buttigieg, Biden put his hands on the former South Bend, Indiana mayor's shoulders, and both smiled.

Buttigieg says it is crucial that Democrats win not only the White House but also the Senate and House.

He says America needs politics that are about decency and dignity, and he says, “That's what Joe Biden has been practicing his entire life.”

Following Buttigieg's remarks, Biden compared Buttigieg to his son Beau.

Former Democratic candidate Amy Klobuchar also plans to appear at Biden's Dallas rally to endorse him.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Pete Buttigieg is endorsing his former Democratic rival Joe Biden for president.

Two people familiar with Buttigieg's decision say the former South Bend, Indiana, mayor will appear with Biden at a rally in Dallas on Monday night, a day after he dropped his own White House bid.

They were not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Buttigieg is the second 2020 candidate to exit the race and put his backing behind Biden.

Earlier Monday, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar decided to end her campaign, and she plans to appear with Biden at the rally, as well.