Often mentioned as a potential Cabinet appointee in a Democratic White House, Yates echoed in the interview what she often expresses at events.
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“I’m not a particularly political person. This is unusual for me. But I feel really strongly about this. When the vice president says this is about the soul of America, that’s not hyperbole. There’s a lot at stake – too much at stake – to sit on the sidelines. That’s why I wanted to step up and do what I can.”
She was asked whether there was a moment she decided to endorse Biden over Sanders rather than just wait it out.
“I guess I’ve watched over the last three years what’s happened to our country. We can survive four years of our current president. I have to tell you, though, at the end of eight years we’re not going to recognize the country that we’ve become,” she said.
“This election is that important. This is why you see a lot of people are active now that might not have been on the front lines of political campaigns before. It’s just not the same as it was before.”
She joins a growing number of prominent Democrats who have sided with Biden, including some who expressed fears that Sanders could endanger down-ticket candidates.
Just this week, former Gov. Roy Barnes, U.S. Reps. Lucy McBath and Sanford Bishop, and House Minority Leader Bob Trammell all endorsed Biden's bid.