Joe Biden’s presidential bid got a boost Monday from one of the leading Latinos in Congress, with the chairman of the Hispanic Caucus’ political arm endorsing the former vice president as Democrats’ best hope to defeat President Donald Trump. c
“People realize it’s a matter of life and death for certain communities,” Bold PAC Chairman Tony Cárdenas told The Associated Press in an interview, explaining the necessity of halting Trump’s populist nationalism, hard-line immigration policies and xenophobic rhetoric that the California congressman called cruel.
Cárdenas’ announcement follows presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ weekend of mass rallies with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a freshman congresswoman from New York who has become a face of the progressive movement and a key supporter for the Vermont senator’s second White House bid. Bold PAC is the political arm of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
The dueling surrogates highlight a fierce battle for between Sanders and Biden, the leading Democratic candidates among Hispanics according to most polling, while also demonstrating the two candidates’ starkly different approaches to the larger campaign.