On Monday, 13 current and former Republicans in Virginia announced their support for former Vice President Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential election.
Former Sen. John Warner is among those rejecting the re-election bid by President Donald Trump. Warner and some others on the list also endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Other Virginia Republicans endorsing Biden on Monday include:
- Former Rep. Bill Whitehurst
- Former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage
- Former State Sen. Russ Potts
- Former Del. Jim Dillard
- Former Republican and independent Del. Katherine Waddell
- Former Alexandria GOP Vice Chair Marc Coombs
The list provided by the Biden campaign also includes six Republicans described as Loudoun County leaders: Alice Parken, Daniel Vargas, Shanadee Ford Stevenson, Christoper Stevenson, Glen Peterson and Virginia Phinney.
“Biden for Virginia is building a broad coalition of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents united in support of Joe Biden and who know that he will lead our country out of the crises we are facing and restore the soul of our nation,” said Chris Bolling, Virginia state director for Biden for President. “With the COVID pandemic still raging and no leadership from the White House to contain it, we cannot afford four more years of Donald Trump. Thanks to these Virginians putting country over party, in November we are going to elect a real leader in Joe Biden who will make sure we recover and build back better.”
Nationally, the Biden campaign has highlighted the Republican leaders backing the Democratic ticket, including a high-profile appearance during the Democratic National Convention by former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, along with endorsements from former Secretary of State Colin Powell and former Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake and others.
Last week’s Republican National Convention included current or former Democrats supporting Trump.