The Congressional Hispanic Caucus’s (CHC) campaign arm endorsed 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 White House bid on Friday, giving the former vice president a boost as he works to expand his appeal among Latino voters.
The endorsement from CHC BOLD PAC comes as Biden steams toward the Democratic Party’s 2020 nomination. While he’s gained a virtually insurmountable delegate lead over Sen. 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.) with a coalition of white, black and older voters, the former vice president has not polled as highly among Hispanics.
“BOLD PAC is proud to endorse Vice President Joe Biden for President. We know Joe leads with his head and his heart and that on day one he will work to bring Americans together and turn the page on Trump’s divisive and hateful politics,” said Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-Calif.), chairman of the CHC BOLD PAC.
The endorsement was made after the political action committee met with several presidential candidates, most of whom have since withdrawn from the race.
In its announcement on Friday, the group cited Biden’s policies of expanding ObamaCare and protecting those covered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
“From expanding access to affordable health care, protecting Medicare and Social Security benefits for our seniors, and fighting for our nation’s DREAMers and 11 million undocumented people, Joe will fight for us,” Cardenas said.
The group’s backing is just the latest in a string of endorsements for Biden, who has a roughly 300-delegate lead over Sanders. Establishment party figures and groups have fallen in line behind the former vice president after his recent winning streak set him up to become the party’s presumptive nominee.
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Biden has drawn wide support from white voters and has posted substantial margins among African Americans and seniors. However, he has not had as steady support among Hispanics, whom Sanders won in earlier contests before Biden’s resurgence.
Both Biden and Sanders have made repeated appeals to win Hispanic support, railing against President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE’s hardline immigration policies and casting his rhetoric toward immigrants as “racist.”