Today, I am proud to endorse Joe Biden for President.
If there has been a presidential election in which the stakes are as high as they are this year, I do not know what it is. From the earliest days of Donald Trump’s presidency, when he imposed a xenophobic travel ban and insisted there were “good people on both sides” in Charlottesville – where one of the “sides” was literally a group of neo-Nazis – to the stunning impeachment trial, Trump has consistently demonstrated he is unfit for the presidency.
Trump is on trial for abusing his power: he withheld aid from another nation in order to get them to manufacture dirt on Joe Biden. Trump clearly knows the former vice president is the Democrat who poses the greatest threat in November. That in and of itself is a good reason to support Biden, but it’s far from the only reason.
As a senator and then as vice president, Joe Biden has distinguished himself as an outstanding public servant. He’s always been a powerful voice for working class Americans. He passed the Violence Against Women Act. He took on the NRA – and beat them – to pass the Brady background check bill. And as President Obama’s right hand for eight years, Joe Biden helped pass the reforms that saved the auto industry, stabilized our economy and brought health insurance to millions of Americans. His is a record of service and results.
Perhaps most importantly, Joe Biden personifies decency. Our nation has never needed a dose of decency and honesty in the White House as we do right now.
It will take years to undo the damage that Donald Trump has already done to our nation. I believe Joe Biden is the candidate best qualified to defeat Trump and begin the vital work of restoring decency and integrity to the presidency and making our government work again for the American people.
I respect all of the Democratic candidates who have sought and continue to seek our nomination and know many of them would make a good president. I am especially appreciative of the campaigns run by Julian Castro and Beto O’Rourke – both represented Texas well on the national stage and have much to contribute to Texas and the country in the years ahead.
Now, as voting nears and the field of remaining candidates narrows, it is time to get behind the candidate who gives us the best opportunity to win in November. I hope you’ll join me in voting for Joe Biden in the March 3 Texas Democratic Primary.