COLUMBIA — Dick Riley, the Democratic former South Carolina governor whose focus on improving the state’s schools led him to become President Bill Clinton’s education chief, is endorsing Joe Biden in the party’s 2020 presidential primary.

In an interview with The Post and Courier, Riley praised Biden’s lengthy political career and the candidate’s focus on what he views as pragmatic solutions.

“I know a lot of the other candidates are good people, smart and have different strengths, but in my mind clearly Biden is, No. 1, the best person to run against Donald Trump and, No. 2, he’d be good for this country,” Riley said. “The country is badly in need of a unifier, somebody who can pull us together, and he certainly is that person.”

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