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Former Vice President Joe Biden joins Doug Jones in Birmingham on Tuesday

Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a reception at the Naval Observatory Residence marking the 16th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, in Washington, DC, September 22, 2010. Official White House Photo by David Lienemann.

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, October 3, as the general election campaign begins in the U.S. Senate race, former Vice President Joe Biden (D) will join Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Doug Jones for a campaign rally in Birmingham at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC).

Jones said that he is honored that his friend, Biden, will headline the October 3 rally for his campaign.

Jones said, “We are thrilled and deeply honored to have my longtime friend Vice President Joe Biden visit the great state of Alabama to reinforce his strong support of my campaign for the U.S. Senate.  I have known and respected Joe Biden for almost 40 years now. He is the epitome of what we all hope public service can be.”

Biden endorsed Jones in the Democratic Primary in August.

Biden said in a statement, “I have seen Doug Jones’ dedication to civil rights and social justice.  From his time as U.S. Attorney prosecuting the 16th Street Baptist Church bombers to his private life as an advocate for social justice and economic empowerment, Doug Jones is a proven leader in which we can place our trust. Doug Jones will make a great U.S. Senator.”

The event is free and open to the public on a first-come-first serve basis, and doors will open at 10 a.m. Individuals will enter through a security check-point at the east ballroom entrance of the BJCC facing Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. North (all other entrances to the event will be closed). Large bags are discouraged.

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Doors open to the public at 10:00 a.m. and the speaking program begins at 12:00 noon.

The event is in the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex, East Ballroom at 2150 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N, Birmingham, AL 35203

Doug Jones is the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate in the Alabama special election on December 12, 2017. Doug Jones served as U.S. Attorney in Birmingham beginning in 1997. Among many cases, he successfully prosecuted the Klansmen responsible for killing four young girls in the 1963 Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing.  Jones was appointed by President Bill Clinton (D).  Jones resides in the greater Birmingham area where he has been a practicing attorney for years.

Joe Biden served two terms as the vice president of the United States under President Barack Obama. Biden, from Scranton, Pennsylvania, served as a U.S. Senator representing Delaware for more than three decades before being tapped by Obama in 2008 to be his running mate.

Jones faces Republican nominee Judge Roy Moore in the December 12 general election.  Moore just won a bitterly contested Republican primary runoff against appointed Senator Luther Strange.  At stake is the Senate seat formerly held by Jeff Sessions (R).  Presently the Republican Party holds a razor thin 52 to 48 majority in the Senate.  A Moore win would preserve that majority, while a Jones win would cut that to just 51 to 49, making it harder for President Donald J. Trump (R) to pass his agenda and have his judicial nominees confirmed.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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