John Kerry, the former US secretary of state and 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, is endorsing Joe Biden for president, buoying the former vice president’s argument that his international experience should be a deciding factor for voters in 2020.
The Biden campaign rolled out Mr Kerry’s endorsement as it continues to hammer President Donald Trump as a dangerous and erratic commander in chief and head of state.
The world is laughing at President Trump. They see him for what he really is: dangerously incompetent and incapable of world leadership.
We cannot give him four more years as commander in chief. pic.twitter.com/IR8K2k54YQ
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) December 5, 2019
The campaign hammered the argument with an online ad featuring video of other world leaders mocking Mr Trump at a Buckingham Palace reception held alongside a Nato summit.
“I’ve never before seen the world more in need of someone who on day one can begin the incredibly hard work of putting back together the world Donald Trump has smashed apart,” Mr Kerry said in a statement.
Proud to head back to Iowa tomorrow to campaign with my friend Joe. I’m not endorsing Joe because I’ve known him for so long, but because I know him so well: he'll be ready on day one to put back together the country and the world that Donald Trump has broken apart.
— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) December 5, 2019
That echoes applause lines Mr Biden uses often as he campaigns.