Excerpted from The Hill: The Senate’s No. 3 Democrat Charles Schumer (N.Y.) endorsed Hillary Clinton for president on Saturday as he urged her to make another run for the White House.
Schumer announced his endorsement at the Iowa Democratic Party’s Jefferson Jackson dinner Saturday, declaring his “full and unwavering support” for the former secretary of State and New York senator three years before the 2016 election.
“Run, Hillary, run. If you run, you’ll win and we’ll all win,” Schumer said, according to excerpts of his speech released by his office.
“2016 is Hillary’s time. And our nation will be all the better for it,” he said. “With a strong platform and with Hillary leading the charge, we will vanquish the Ted Cruz, Tea Party Republicans in 2016 and create a generation of Democrats who will make sure the middle class gets what it needs, our country advances and the torch held by that beautiful lady in New York’s harbor burns more brightly than ever.”
Schumer is the most senior Democrat to officially back Clinton for president, well before she makes a decision on whether she will in fact run.
The endorsement highlights Democratic attempts to coalesce support around Clinton, considered to be the clear frontrunner in the Democratic primary if she does run.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) hinted this past week that she would endorse Clinton if she runs, and all of the Senate’s Democratic women — including several who have been discussed as possible 2016 candidates if Clinton opts out — reportedly wrote a letter throwing their support behind Clinton as well.