Biden received the endorsement on Saturday.
(CNN)–Sen. Joe Biden, D-Delaware became the first Democrat in the presidential race to receive an endorsement from an Iowa newspaper.
The Storm Lake Times, in Storm Lake, Iowa, announced its endorsement of Biden in Saturday's edition of the paper.
"We have seen all the Democratic presidential candidates, except for two, up close and personal: Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Chris Dodd, John Edwards, Barack Obama and Bill Richardson," the paper said Saturday. "Biden is our choice for the nomination for the powerful personal story he shares, for his deep knowledge of international affairs, and for his long record of exemplary service in the United States Senate."
"Biden is the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Nobody, including the president, has a firmer grasp of international affairs," the paper went on to say. "That’s what we need right now: Someone who can restore the good name of the United States of America around the world, who can hold the torch lighting the way of liberty and human rights throughout the world. Biden is that man. He says his first order of business will be to shut down Guantanamo Bay prison and quit torturing people."
The paper also made a point to address what they thought were important domestic policies Biden would pursue as president. "And, we need someone who understands civil liberties here at home. Biden says that will be the theme of his inaugural address, if elected," the paper said. "You can’t preach liberty abroad when you’re spying without court orders on your own citizens."
The Biden campaign announced the endorsement in an email release to reporters. “This endorsement makes a powerful case for why Joe Biden is the person best prepared to become President on day one and reflects the growing support among Iowans who are coming to this conclusion after meeting all the candidates,” Luis Navarro, Biden's campaign manager, said in the release.
Biden was scheduled to spend the weekend campaigning in Iowa.
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