One day after announcing he was exiting the 2020 Democratic presidential race, Pete Buttigieg came out to support one of his ex-rivals: former Vice President Joe Biden.
During an event in Dallas on Monday night, Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, said he made it clear during his campaign that "the whole idea was about rallying the country together to defeat Donald Trump and to win the era for the values that we share, and that was always the goal that was much bigger than me becoming president. It is in the name of that very same goal that I am delighted to endorse and support Joe Biden for president."
Buttigieg commended Biden for fighting the NRA, negotiating the Paris Climate Accord, and shepherding the passage of the Affordable Care Act, and said if elected, Biden will "bring dignity back to the White House." Biden returned the praise, saying, "I can't tell you how much I appreciate Pete's endorsement." Buttigieg is a man of "enormous integrity," he added, who has "as much moral courage as he has physical courage."