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WATCH: South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn speaks at the Democratic National Convention

Looking to underscore what promises to be a key theme in the 2020 Democratic National Convention, South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn said Monday that former vice president Joe Biden is “as good a man as he is a leader.”

Watch Clyburn’s remarks in the player above.

Clyburn, the highest ranking Black member of Congress, said his South Carolina community is “still healing” from the wounds of segregation and racism. He said the nation needs a president “who sees unifying people as a requirement of the job.”

Clyburn also said the country needs a president “who understands both profound loss and what it takes to bounce back.”

The message came as Democrats launched the first presidential nominating convention of the coronavirus era.

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