Report: Dem Senators Not Rushing to Back Biden


If former Vice President Joe Biden enters the presidential race, it is unlikely he can count on an avalanche of endorsements coming from the Senate, The Hill is reporting.

Only 18 Democrats remain from the time Biden served as a senator from Delaware. Complicating matters for Biden, is the fact that is a half dozen current senators are seeking the Democratic nomination – and those lawmakers have forged their own relationships with their colleagues, The Hill noted.

To date, three Democratic senators — Tom Carper and Chris Coons of Delaware and Dianne Feinstein of California – already have announced their support for him. And Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama has been prodding him to run, The Hill noted.

But many others are not rushing to back him.

“It’s a different Senate today,” said Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. “The challenge for him will be there are so many new senators and where that center of gravity lands, I think it’s too early to tell.”

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said Biden is a friend, but he has not heard from him lately.

Asked if he planned to endorse a primary candidate, Blumenthal replied: “You know what, I don’t know.”

Meanwhile, a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday showed Biden was the leading Democratic candidate among Democrats.

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