Rep. Colin Allred (D-Texas) is backing Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE’s presidential bid, giving the former vice president his 10th endorsement from a Congressional Black Caucus member.
The congressman said Biden’s “fighting spirit” and “record of accomplishment” make him the candidate best-suited to unite America and fight for middle-class Americans.
“We need a President who will deliver for the American people, and no candidate in this race has done more to fight so that every American can have access to their version of the American dream than Joe Biden,” Allred said in a statement Monday.
Allred had endorsed Julián Castro before the Texan ended his 2020 campaign, but the congressman hailed Biden as a candidate that can win over key moderate or Republican-leaning voters in an interview with The Associated Press.
“We have to nominate someone in the Democratic Party who can unite the country and heal the divisions that are going on,” Allred told the AP.
“We’ve always done our best when we’ve nominated candidates who’ve attracted independents and disaffected Republicans,” he said. “That’s what President Obama did. That’s what Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonWill the ‘law and order’ president pardon Roger Stone? Five ways America would take a hard left under Joe Biden The sad spectacle of Trump’s enablers MORE did. When we’ve pursued the route of ideological purity it’s tended not to work, particularly at the national level.”
Allred flipped a suburban Dallas-area district in 2018, unseating 22-year incumbent GOP Rep. Pete SessionsPeter Anderson SessionsTexas kicks off critical battle for House control The Hill’s review of John Solomon’s columns on Ukraine Tenth Congressional Black Caucus member backs Biden MORE. The former Obama administration lawyer and NFL player became the first Democrat and first African American to represent Texas’s 32nd District.
He’s the latest swing-district Democrat to back Biden in the race. Biden has picked up support from at least four other House Democrats who flipped GOP-held seats to help give Democrats a majority in the House: Reps. Abby FinkenauerAbby Lea FinkenauerIowa Republican Ashley Hinson wins House primary Gloves come off as Democrats fight for House seat in California The Hill’s Campaign Report: Buzz builds around Warren for VP MORE (D-Iowa), Conor Lamb (D-Pa.), Elaine LuriaElaine Goodman LuriaGun control group rolls out House endorsements The Hill’s Campaign Report: DOJ, intel to be major issues in 2020 House GOP lawmaker breaks with party to back proxy voting MORE (D-Va.) and Chrissy Houlahan (D-Pa.)
Biden’s more progressive opponents, Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.), have picked up endorsements from some of the party’s most high-profile, left-leaning politicians. Biden, however, is leading the race in backing from Congressional Black Caucus members since Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.) dropped out of the primary.
Sanders was endorsed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezAttorney says 75-year-old man shoved by Buffalo police suffered brain injury How language is bringing down Donald Trump Highest-circulation Kentucky newspaper endorses Charles Booker in Senate race MORE (D-N.Y.) in October, boosting his campaign after the senator’s heart attack. Warren was endorsed by first-term Reps. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyHow language is bringing down Donald Trump Over 1,400 pro athletes, coaches call on Congress to back bill ending qualified immunity Biden’s right, we need policing reform now – the House should quickly take up his call to action MORE (D-Mass.) and Katie Porter (D-Calif.), as well as Castro after he ended his own campaign.
Both Sanders and Warren are campaigning on policies including “Medicare for All” proposals and wealth tax plans.
Allred reportedly suggested that the party’s shift to the left may not align with most Americans’ values.
“This is not just theoretical policy discussion,” he told AP. “People are driven by values and people who appeal to those values. That’s what we’re trying to do, is make Americans understand that we’re on their side.”
— This report was updated at 8:13 a.m.