FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 29, 2020
Former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe Endorses Joe Biden
After a decisive victory for Joe Biden in South Carolina, former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced he is endorsing Biden for President of United States and released the following statement:
“We can’t afford four more years of Donald Trump’s hate-driven chaos and Joe Biden is the candidate with the character, experience, and broad appeal to defeat him. Joe Biden has been a friend of Virginia Democrats and my friend for decades and I am proud to endorse him for President of the United States.
“I’ve always said that our best leader is one who can build a broad coalition, including African American voters who are the heart of the Democratic Party. After South Carolina, it is clear Joe Biden is that leader.
“Health care has been the defining, winning issue for Virginia Democrats as we successfully fought to expand and protect Obamacare from Trump’s attacks. Joe Biden’s plan to expand the Affordable Care Act and lower costs unites our party and will keep Virginia blue in the fall.
“At a time of global risks from coronavirus to Middle East conflicts, we need Joe Biden’s experience to repair the damage Trump’s incompetence has done to our world. And at a time of rising hate as we saw in Charlottesville, we need Joe Biden’s character and decency to repair the damage that Trump’s rhetoric has done to our country.
“In Virginia, we’ve taken our state from red to blue in a decade by running campaigns that appeal to the majority of voters on issues like lowering health care costs, raising wages, and improving education. That’s exactly how Democrats win Virginia and the White House in 2020 with Joe Biden leading our ticket.”
McAuliffe joins a slew of other Virginia leaders backing Biden, including Senator Tim Kaine who also announced his support this week ahead of voting on Super Tuesday. Additionally, Congressman Donald McEachin, Congresswoman Elaine Luria, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney, Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea, Virginia State Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw, and other state legislators and local leaders have announced they’re supporting Biden.
In total, Biden for President has previously announced more than 1,400 endorsements from national, state, and local leaders, including current and former U.S. senators and representatives, governors, state elected officials, community leaders, and national security professionals.