NEW HAMPTON, Iowa — Former Secretary of State John F. Kerry endorsed Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Thursday, giving Mr. Biden the backing of the Democratic Party’s 2004 presidential nominee and a past winner of the Iowa caucuses in his most significant endorsement to date.
“I believe Joe Biden is the president our country desperately needs right now, not because I’ve known Joe so long, but because I know Joe so well,” Mr. Kerry said in a statement. “I’ve never before seen the world more in need of someone who on Day 1 can begin the incredibly hard work of putting back together the world Donald Trump has smashed apart.”
The Biden campaign announced Mr. Kerry’s endorsement as Mr. Biden began the sixth day of his eight-day “No Malarkey” bus tour in Iowa, which brought him to New Hampton for an event on Thursday morning.
Mr. Kerry will join Mr. Biden in Iowa on Friday and will also campaign with him in New Hampshire on Sunday, the Biden campaign said.