Ahead of the 2020 presidential election, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has scored yet another major endorsement. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) shared a pre-recorded video this Monday morning in which she formally endorses Biden’s candidacy, which prevailed in the Democratic presidential primary after Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders ended his own presidential bid in recent weeks. Biden has been consolidating the support of major Democrats since that point — Sanders, fellow former presidential contender Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and even former President Barack Obama have all endorsed the former vice president’s candidacy.
In her own video, Pelosi called Biden a “voice of reason and resilience” and insisted that he is well-equipped to lead the U.S. through the long-term challenges of recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic. Donald Trump, for his part, has largely fumbled the federal government’s response to that outbreak; while stewing in concern about the effects on his public image, he waited until March to even impose national social distancing guidelines meant to help stem the spread of the virus. By then, it was too late to avoid a large-scale outbreak.
Pelosi countered this week:
‘I am proud to endorse Joe Biden for president of the United States because he will be an extraordinary president. He knows how to get the job done… When our nation faced the Great Recession, it was Joe Biden who led the implementation – and the accountability – of the Recovery Act, helping create and save millions of jobs. When the Democratic Congress was passing the Affordable Care Act, Joe Biden was a partner for progress in the White House and also championed the Cancer Moonshot.’
The Cancer Moonshot is a government initiative into researching cutting edge treatments for cancer.
‘With so much at stake, we need the enthusiasm, invigoration and participation of all Americans – up and down the ballot, and across the country… Now more than ever, we need a forward-looking, battle-tested leader who will fight for the people.’
Biden responded, sharing:
‘I’m incredibly honored by @SpeakerPelosi ‘s endorsement and grateful for her historic leadership in Congress. Together, we helped pass Obamacare and together we can not only bring this country back from the brink from this current crisis, but transform it.’
I'm incredibly honored by @SpeakerPelosi's endorsement and grateful for her historic leadership in Congress.
Together, we helped pass Obamacare and together we can not only bring this country back from the brink from this current crisis, but transform it. https://t.co/nJG599w7lU
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) April 27, 2020
There are already signs that Biden can garner the turnout necessary to defeat Donald Trump. In this year’s Virginia Democratic presidential primary, which Biden won by a large margin, turnout surged to nearly twice the level seen in 2016. If that carries in other states — like Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania — Biden would probably easily win the presidency, since Trump’s 2016 winning margins in many states were so thin to begin with.
Biden 48.3 (+5.9)
Biden 48.0 (+6.7)
Biden 46.5 (+5.5)
Biden 48.6 (+4.4)
Biden 46.5 (+3.2)
Biden 46.7 (+2.7)
— Political Polls (@PpollingNumbers) April 27, 2020
Biden has led Trump in polls of numerous swing states. In Wisconsin, for instance, he leads by an average of 2.7 percent. In Florida, Biden leads by an average of 3.2 percent, and in Michigan, the average lead is 5.5 percent. The Obama-Biden ticket repeatedly won many of those swing states with substantial margins, so good times may be ahead for Democrats. Next on the table includes the question of who Biden will choose for a running mate.