Washington, DC: Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal on Monday endorsed Joe Biden’s 2020 White House bid, saying the former vice president is a deeply dedicated public servant with the ability to unite the American people.
Biden, 77, is the presumptive nominee of the Democratic party.
Jayapal, the first Indian-American woman to be elected to the US House of Representatives, has been a traditional supporter of senior party leader Senator Bernie Sanders, who has now dropped out of the race in support of the former vice president.
“Today, I am announcing my endorsement of Vice President Joe Biden for President of the United States. Vice President Biden is a deeply dedicated public servant with the ability to unite the American people,” Jayapal said in a statement.
Jayapal, who is co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said that she believes wholeheartedly that government can and must be a force for good – expanding access to healthcare and education, fighting the climate crisis, passing humane immigration reform, and looking out for working people instead of corporate interests.
“I started this campaign as an ardent and vocal surrogate for Bernie Sanders, and while I have not always agreed with Vice President Biden on matters of policy, I am ready to work with him to craft and then implement the most progressive agenda of any candidate in history,” she said.
“We are ready for a President who will encourage us to be as big as we can be, with compassion and bold leadership. That President must be Joe Biden, and I will do everything I can to help him win back the White House, take back the Senate, and preserve our House Majority. Together, I am confident we can build a more perfect union,” Jayapal said.