Andrew Yang has endorsed Joe Biden, becoming the newest former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate to throw their support behind Biden’s White House bid.
Yang announced his endorsement on CNN on Tuesday night, only one day after Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) endorsed the previous vp.
“The math says Joe is our prohibitive nominee. we’d like to bring the party together. we’d like to start out functioning on defeating Donald Trump within the fall,” Yang said.
The tech entrepreneur, who joined CNN as a political commentator last month, announced his endorsement after Biden won several states on Tuesday, including the highest prize of Michigan.
Yang’s endorsement makes him one in all a growing list of former 2020 rivals to endorse the previous vp within the primary race – including Booker, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), former South Ben, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D), former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D).
Though Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has faced calls to endorse Sanders, a fellow progressive, following her exit from the race last week after Super Tuesday, she declined to create an on the spot endorsement.
“Let’s take a deep breath and spend a bit time on it. We don’t need to decide that this minute,” Warren said last week.
Still, 50 former campaign staffers for Warren announced their support for Sanders in an letter on Tuesday, calling him the “best option for Warren Democrats right now” as polls opened across six states.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), a former 2020 presidential candidate who also has endorsed Sanders within the primary race, has also called on Warren to try to to the identical, saying Sanders would have “already endorsed” Warren if the roles were reversed.
“I deeply respect @ewarren. Our nation + our party is best + more progressive thanks to her leadership. Now our progressive movement needs her quite ever,” de Blasio tweeted last week. “Senator, if the shoe were on the opposite foot @BernieSanders would have already endorsed you. We have.”