Dent Endorses Biden for President
A former GOP congressman from Pennsylvania is backing the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate.
Former Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Lehigh) announced his decision to endorse former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign on Wednesday afternoon during an interview on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper.
“At the end of the day, this really isn’t about right or left, it’s not about ideology,” Dent said during the interview. “For me, it’s about right or wrong, stability versus instability, security versus insecurity, normal versus abnormal.”
Former GOP Rep. Charlie Dent tells @jaketapper that he will be supporting Joe Biden over Donald Trump in 2020:
“This really isn’t about right or left… it’s about right and wrong.” pic.twitter.com/136D1swdZU
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) August 19, 2020
Shortly after the interview was aired, Dent also shared an op-ed that he wrote that further explains his decision to support Biden’s candidacy over a fellow Republican.
Charlie Dent: I’m voting for Joe Biden (Opinion) – CNN https://t.co/tEqO03AY2z
— Charlie Dent (@RepCharlieDent) August 19, 2020
In this op-ed, he lays out his admiration for a number of older Pennsylvania Republicans including Dick Thornburgh, Arlen Specter, John Heinz, Tom Ridge and Mark Schweiker and described it as the “Pennsylvania Republican Party, in which I proudly and very comfortably grew up.”
Dent, who served in Congress from 2005-2019, was a leader of the moderate GOP Tuesday Group and emerged as a vocal critic of Trump within the party when the president was elected. In March 2019, Dent did not deny a report from the New York Times that Trump told him that he was “destroying the Republican Party.” Dent also did not support Trump in 2016, but instead voted for independent candidate Evan McMullin.
After deciding not to seek reelection in 2018, Dent announced that he’d be taking a role with CNN, where he has been a political commentator since his retirement. Since taking this role, he’s continually voiced his difference of opinion with Trump and perhaps even hinted at this endorsement in an op-ed he wrote for CNN on July 6 titled, “The GOP after Trump: a recipe for survival” where he derided “Trumpism” as “simply unable and incapable of responding with the kind of leadership this moment demands.”