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Udall announces endorsement of Biden

New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall announced his endorsement of former vice president Joe Biden’s Democratic presidential bid.

Sen. Tom Udall

Biden became the presumptive party nominee when Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders dropped out of the presidential race Wednesday.

“We need clear-eyed, principled, and steadfast leadership for the working families of New Mexico and this nation. The leader we need is Joe Biden,” the senator posted on Twitter.

Udall thanked Sanders for his “incredible run.”

“I know that he will never stop fighting for working people and for the progressive values that must define our path forward, and that he will continue to be a leading voice in our coalition,” he said.

Udall predicted Biden would defeat President Donald Trump and would be “outstanding president for *all* Americans.”

“He will stand up for working people who have been left behind by this president, and he will restore the soul of this nation that has come under attack from President Trump,” he said.

But New Mexico Republican Party Chairman Steve Pearce predicted in a news release that Trump will win reelection “because he has a vision for the future and the internal conviction and stamina to get us there.”

He said Biden’s “socialist ideas are just as destructive as (Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth) Warren’s or Sanders’ and the Democratic Party is too radical and out of touch with Americans.”

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