New Democrat Coalition Action Fund Backs Joe Biden for President

May 11, 2020 by Dan McCue
Former Vice President Joe Biden addresses the media a day after his big Super Tuesday win, on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at the W Hotel in Westwood in Los Angeles, Calif. (Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

WASHINGTON – The New Democrat Coalition Action Fund endorsed Vice President Joe Biden for president on Monday, with Rep. Ami Bera of California, chair of the group, declaring “we know a winner when we see one.”

“Our coalition is comprised of members who had to fight for their seats by turning red districts blue,” Bera said. “Vice President Joe Biden has what it takes to win.”

He went on to explain that the members of the New Democrat Coalition met with the various Democratic candidates for president over the past year to share ideas and offer advice on how the Democratic Party can win in 2020.

“We have members who won swing districts in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and other key states around the country,” Bera said. “We’re excited to lend our voice, our policy ideas, our infrastructure, our resources, and our expertise to put Joe Biden in the White House.”

In a call last Friday between New Dem members and Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley, coalition chairman Derek Kilmer of Washington said the group is focused on three key points: How the presidential campaign can help protect the Democratic majority in the House; how it can keep the party united; and how it is positioned to defeat Donald Trump.

“Democrats have to show that they can unite, lead, and win. Joe Biden has the capacity to do all three,” Kilmer said. 

“Our forward-thinking coalition is committed to bold ideas and good governance, but we haven’t seen much of either from the current Administration these past three years,” he added. “If Democrats stand together, we can put Joe Biden in the White House and deliver the selfless, values-driven leadership that will put America back on track.”

Formed by members of the New Democrat Coalition, the NewDem Action Fund helps re-elect House NewDems and elect new, like-minded leaders who can help develop a policy agenda and message.

In 2018, New Democrats helped deliver the Democratic Majority in the House by flipping 32 of 40 net seats blue and injecting roughly $18 million into the fight to elect House Democrats.

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