Last evening former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign achieved a coup de grace, with a triple endorsement announcement at his rally in Dallas, Texas. Three former competitors, former Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, and former Representative Beto O’Rourke of Texas all endorsed Biden to be the Democratic nominee. Their endorsements, and reasons for doing so, demonstrate the pitch Biden will continue to make to voters in the general election.
“We are in the battle for the soul of this nation,” Biden said in his announcement video in April last year. His goal is show that the election of Donald Trump is “an aberrant moment in time” that can be overcome by pre-2016 politics. That meshes with Biden’s pitch as the legacy candidate of the Barack Obama administration. And his surrogates were happy to take up the mantle.