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Former US diplomacy chief John Kerry, who lost the 2004 presidential election with George W. Bush, backed Joe Biden on Thursday as a Democratic candidate in the White House race next year.

Kerry, 75, said the former vice president of Barack Obama and long-time senator from the state of Delaware “is the president that our country desperately needs right now.”

“I have never seen the world most in need of someone who on the first day can begin the incredibly hard work of reassembling the world that Donald Trump has shattered,” Kerry said in a statement.

Kerry, a former Massachusetts senator, served as secretary of state during Obama’s second term.

Kerry and Biden were also together in the Senate for more than two decades.

Biden, 77, heads the vote intention in the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, according to an average of national polls conducted by RealClearPolitics.com.

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and South Bend Mayor, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg, are the only other candidates with double-digit support among the fortnight of applicants still in limelight.

“It’s not a light support,” Kerry said. “Joe and I enter the public service to make our country fairer for people and make the world safer. I’ve seen Joe do exactly that as a senator, statesman and vice president.”

“Joe will defeat Donald Trump next November,” Kerry predicted. “He is the candidate with the wisdom and position to fix what Trump has broken, to restore our place in the world and improve the lives of workers here.”

Kerry said Friday he will join the Biden campaign in Iowa, which holds the first Democratic primary vote on February 3, and will travel with him on Sunday to New Hampshire, another early voting state, on February 11.

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