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Elizabeth Warren Receives Her First High Profile Endorsement — And It’s Beto’s Good Friend

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Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren received an endorsement from fellow Massachusetts congressman, Democratic Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, during a rally where she officially launched her 2020 presidential campaign.

“I’m here with you today because this country, our country, needs a leader who will restore the solidarity that [President] Donald Trump stole, who will not cower from the big, tough battles, from the ugly injustice and oppression that still finds its way to American soil,” Kennedy said while introducing Warren. “A leader who will bring this country together, to take on our greatest threat: a system that protects the powerful and the privileged while the rest struggle to get by.”

“That leader, ladies and gentlemen, is a colleague, a mentor and a friend,” Kennedy continued. “That leader is the next president of the United States. That leader is Elizabeth Warren.”

Kennedy is also a close friend of another potential presidential contender, former Democratic Rep. Robert “Beto” O’Rourke of Texas. The duo notably embarked on a road trip through the Lone Star state during O’Rourke’s failed bid to unseat Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

“Everybody asks me all the time: who’s gonna be the next president of the United States? And obviously at this point it’s early to tell,” Kennedy said in April while chauffeuring O’Rourke. “I’ve got a couple dark horse candidates, Beto leads that pack.”

“For a Democrat at the moment to be able to win statewide in Texas I actually think is more difficult than to run for president,” Kennedy continued. “So Beto, I am all in.”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren embraces Rep. Joseph Kennedy at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Sen. Elizabeth Warren embraces Rep. Joseph Kennedy at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

O’Rourke ultimately was not able to win statewide in Texas. (RELATED: Elizabeth Warren Makes It Official — She’s Running For President)

While the former congressman has not yet announced if he will be seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2020, he has been polling as a top contender.

Mirroring his unsuccessful campaign model, O’Rourke set off on a solo road trip to meet voters across the country. He has been chronicling the trip on social media and raising some eyebrows with bizarre antics such as an Instagram live stream from his dental hygienist’s chair.

O’Rourke said he would make a decision about running for president by the end of February.

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