Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan is backing Joe Biden to be president of the United States. The retired 38-year-old figure skater will serve as the surrogate director for Joe Biden’s campaign, according to the Washington Post. Kwan formerly backed Hilary Clinton also as a surrogate director when Clinton ran for president. Before that, she worked at the State Department.
Joe Biden is the former Vice President of the United States under President Barack Obama. The 76-year-old announced that he was running for President of the United States Thursday.
“We are in the battle for the soul of this nation. I believe history will look back on four years of this president and all he embraces as an aberrant moment in time,” Biden said in his campaign video. “But if we give Donald Trump eight years in a White House, he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation, who we are, and I cannot stand by and watch that happen.”
The core values of this nation… our standing in the world… our very democracy…everything that has made America — America –is at stake. That’s why today I’m announcing my candidacy for President of the United States. #Joe2020 https://t.co/jzaQbyTEz3
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) April 25, 2019
Kwan’s responsibilities in Joe Biden’s campaign will see her speaking at rallies, to the media, and other events. Furthermore, she will also create relationships with political officials, celebrities, and policy wonks to get them to speak in front of rallies and media.
“She comes in with a lot of relationships that maybe people on the Biden team don’t have,” Adrienne Elrod, a Democratic strategist told the Washington Post. “She knows celebrities. She’s known people at the State Department for a long time. She’s going to jell very well with the people over there.”
On Instagram, Michelle Kwan announced that she was backing Joe Biden.
“I know that there is already a field of incredible democratic candidates and the 2020 election is so important we cannot lose sight of the big picture,” she wrote. “Ultimately, I believe that the Vice President is the ideal candidate to unify our country with experience, knowledge and track record for fighting Americans”
Kwan concluded her post with, “He’s the candidate that I’m proud to support because he will do what it takes to restore the soul of this nation, rebuild the backbone of the country, and unify America.”
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I'm thrilled that @joebiden announced that he’s running for President! I know that there is already a field of incredible democratic candidates and the 2020 election is so important we cannot lose sight of the big picture. Ultimately, I believe that the Vice President is the ideal candidate to unify our country with his experience, knowledge and track record of fighting for Americans. He has worked side by side with @barackobama to pass the Affordable Care Act, which expanded health insurance to 20 million people and protected people with pre-existing conditions. He championed marriage equality and remains at the forefront of ensuring LGBTQ rights. He has tackled climate change and pollution to protect our environment. He has earned the respect of the international community and, through his leadership, he will strengthen our relationships with our allies and stand up to meet rising global challenges. Most importantly, VP Biden has a reputation for getting things done – from implementing the most comprehensive and progressive investments in our nation’s infrastructure and clean energy industries, to writing the Violence Against Women Act, to taking on the the NRA and winning (twice!). He’s the candidate that I’m proud to support because he will do what it takes to restore the soul of this nation, rebuild the backbone of the country, and unify America.
Joe Biden joins a crowded Democratic field where he will compete against 14 other candidates to win the Democratic primary. He will have to get past the likes of Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, and Andrew Yang first before he could challenge Donald Trump.
Good luck to all the Democratic hopefuls.