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Thursday, March 5, 2020

U.S. Rep. Val Demings vows support for presidential candidate Joe Biden

Posted By on Thu, Mar 5, 2020 at 5:23 PM

  • Photo via Office of Val Demings
U.S. Rep. Val Demings, known for serving Florida's 10th Congressional District, publicly endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden in his bid for the presidency on Thursday.

Demings, who is part of the Congressional Black Caucus, Women’s Caucus, and New Democratic Caucus, appeared on CNN and voiced her support for the former VP.

"If we look at the records, if we look at what Vice President Biden has done, he has walked the walk and not just talked the talk," said Demings.

Demings' endorsement comes after Biden secured 10 major Super Tuesday victories, including Alabama and the swing state of Virginia. Democratic rival Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders won fewer states and delegates, but scored big with a win in California, the state with the most delegates, 415 in total.

Demings is part of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the House Committee on the Judiciary and the House Committee on Homeland Security. She was appointed as Orlando's first woman police chief, a position she held for four years.

Following controversy surrounding Biden during Trump's impeachment trials, political pundits speculated the fallout would harm Biden's campaign. The allegations, levied by President Trump and Republican lawmakers during the trial, were that the former Vice President called for the removal of a Ukranian prosecutor in order to help his son, Hunter Biden.

Demings, however, served as Democratic House manager in Trump's impeachment trial and remains unfazed.

"I certainly would not have endorsed Vice President Biden during that time. I think it would have undermined the work that we were doing," said Demings. "But we're getting ready for the Florida primary, [and] I think momentum is very, very important."

The Florida primary takes place March 17 and is a closed primary.

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