House Speaker Nancy Pelosi endorsed Joe Biden for president early Monday morning, calling the former vice president the “personification of hope and courage, values, authenticity, and integrity.”
The endorsement comes as Biden is facing a sexual assault allegation from former staffer Tara Reade.
"I'm proud to endorse Joe Biden for president of the United States because he will be an extraordinary president," Pelosi said in the video message. "He knows how to get the job done."
She continued, "Now more than ever we need a forward-looking, battle-tested leader who will fight for the people."
Pelosi touted his leadership and experience on a number of issues, including healthcare, addressing gun violence, and veterans issues.
She also claimed he's been the "voice of reason" on the coronavirus response.
“As we face coronavirus, Joe has been a voice of reason and resilience, with a clear path to lead us out of this crisis. He is the personification of hope and courage," she said.
Citing his past, Pelosi noted he “connects with the struggles facing working families.”
“As a child, his father was laid off and his family was plunged into uncertainty. And that is why for Joe, the families around the kitchen table who don’t know how they’re going to pay the bills, afford the health care of a loved one, or care for their children and seniors – those families always come first,” she said.
Pelosi concluded by explaining the significance of voter enthusiasm heading into the 2020 election.
"With so much at stake, we need the enthusiasm, invigoration and participation of all Americans – up and down the ballot, and across the country," Pelosi said. "With a Democratic majority in the House and Senate, we will deliver bold progress For The People – when we have President Joe Biden in the White House."