Massachusetts Congressman Seth Moulton announced Monday that he’s endorsing Joe Biden for the party’s nomination, citing the former vice president’s “experience,” “judgment,” and prospects to beat President Donald Trump in the general election.
Five months after ending his own 2020 presidential campaign, Rep. Seth Moulton is wading back into the Democratic primary race.
“There’s no better preparation for the White House than the decades Joe Biden has spent serving the country, especially his eight years as vice president,” he said.
Moulton also noted that Biden was the “first person” to hold a rally for him after the now-41-year-old Salem Democrat won his insurgent 2014 primary campaign against incumbent Rep. John Tierney.
Biden, a 77-year-old longtime fixture of Washington, D.C., isn’t an exact fit for Moulton, whose mantra — from the beginning of his first congressional bid to his effort to block Rep. Nancy Pelosi as House speaker to his own 2020 presidential campaign — has been calling for “a new generation of leadership.”
According to Moulton, “The most important task for Democrats in 2020 is to get Donald Trump out of the White House and Vice President Biden is the best candidate to do that,”. “Biden has the most experience and the widest appeal to the broadest swath of voters in the places we need to win this November.”
Moulton reportedly plans to travel to Iowa next week — and later New Hampshire — to campaign for Biden.
In his statement, Moulton credited Biden for his record “turning progressive ideas into laws,” such as the since-expired federal assault weapons bans, the Violence Against Women Act, and the landmark healthcare reform act passed under President Barack Obama. But “most importantly,” Moulton added, “Joe can win.”
“He can bring together the Democratic Party’s winning coalition from the Obama years,” he told the Journal. “He can also appeal to moderates, independents and Republicans who are disillusioned with Trump’s behavior.”