Monday has became the day of dueling endorsements in the Silicon Valley race for Congressional District 17. Just two hours after Rep. Mike Honda (D-San Jose) announced he has the support of outgoing Sen. Barbara Boxer in his reelection bid, challenger Ro Khanna pulled out his own blockbuster endorsement: former President Jimmy Carter.
In a lengthy statement released by Khanna's campaign, Carter described meeting the candidate when Khanna was a college sophomore and an intern at the Carter Center, the former president's foundation.
Carter praised Khanna for his opposition to the Iraq war and work in the Obama administration. He also emphasized the importance of "supporting the next generation of leaders," which Khanna's supporters have often highlighted.
"Ro has the type of idealism, energy and deep commitment to public service that we desperately need in Congress. He will be a future leader for our party and country," the statement said.
Khanna's campaign touted the rarity of Carter's endorsement: Hillary Clinton is the only other candidate Carter has backed this election cycle, the campaign said.