MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Former Vice President Joe Biden is in Alabama to campaign for Democrat Doug Jones in the race to fill Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ former Senate seat.
Biden is speaking at a Tuesday rally in Birmingham for Jones.
It’s been two decades since a Democrat held an Alabama Senate seat, but some national Democrats see hope. Jones is running against Republican Roy Moore. Moore was twice removed as state chief justice for flouting court orders regarding gay marriage and the Ten Commandments.
Jones is a former U.S. attorney and is best known for prosecuting the Klansmen who bombed a Birmingham church.
At his rally Tuesday, Jones recalled when critics told him that he would not be able to successfully prosecute the case four decades after the bombing. He compared his effort then to his effort on the campaign trail.
“They told me time and again that at this race is a long shot,” Jones said. “When you’re on the right side of history and the right side of justice, you can do anything.”
Biden spoke at the rally for roughly 45 minutes, touching on issues like health care, education and tax reform, which Jones has called “kitchen table issues” on the campaign trail.
“Doug and I have been friends for a long time,” Biden said. “Doug knows Alabama. He knows your heart, and he’ll never let you down.”
Biden never referred to Moore by name, but said toward the end of his remarks that, “we don’t need another extremist in the U.S. Senate.”
A series of national figures have delved into the Alabama race. President Donald Trump endorsed Sen. Luther Strange, who lost to Moore. Former Trump strategist Steve Bannon backed Moore.