Reid and Biden together in 2016. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call.

Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid endorsed Joe Biden for president on Monday, just one day before the vital Super Tuesday contests.

Why it matters: The endorsement isn't a huge surprise, as Reid is widely considered a member of the Democratic establishment. However, Reid worked closely with Sen. Elizabeth Warren during the Obama administration to boost consumer protections, and Sen. Bernie Sanders' campaign is run by former Reid aide Faiz Shakir.

  • Reid wanted Hillary Clinton to pick Warren as her running mate in 2016 and urged Warren to run for president in 2020, NBC News reports.
  • He is also viewed as a kingmaker in his home state of Nevada, whose caucuses Sanders won in sweeping fashion last month.

The big picture: Reid's endorsement comes the same day that Sen. Amy Klobuchar dropped out of the 2020 race to endorse Biden. Moderate Democrats have been increasingly coalescing around Biden in an apparent effort to prevent Sen. Bernie Sanders from securing the nomination.

What they're saying:

"Joe Biden's strength of character and deep experience stand in the starkest contrast to Trump's amorality, corruption and utter incompetence. Biden will be a much-needed stabilizing force following Trump's disastrous term, offering a positive and progressive alternative to Trump's dark vision of racism, xenophobia and policies built on cruelty and exclusion."
— Harry Reid said in a statement

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Joe Biden is calling for the winner of November's presidential election to select Ruth Bader Ginsburg's replacement on the Supreme Court.

What he's saying: "[L]et me be clear: The voters should pick the president and the president should pick the justice for the Senate to consider," Biden said. "This was the position the Republican Senate took in 2016 when there were almost 10 months to go before the election. That's the position the United States Senate must take today, and the election's only 46 days off.

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President Trump will move within days to nominate his third Supreme Court justice in just three-plus short years — and shape the court for literally decades to come, top Republican sources tell Axios.

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