By Associated Press
Former Vice President Joe Biden urged Alabama voters to elect Democrat Doug Jones in the race to replace Jeff Sessions in the U.S. Senate.
Speaking to a cheering crowd of 1,100 in Birmingham, Biden said Tuesday that Jones “will never let you down” and is a man of courage and “absolute integrity.”
Biden said Jones proved his courage with his decision as U.S. attorney to prosecute the Klansmen who bombed a Birmingham church in 1963.
In the Republican-dominated state, supporters see hope in Jones’ race against Republican Roy Moore. It’s been two decades since a Democrat held an Alabama Senate seat, but some national Democrats see hope. Moore was twice removed from state chief justice duties for stands against gay marriage and for a Ten Commandments display.
Biden did not mention Moore’s name, but said the country didn’t need an “extremist up in the United States Senate.”