DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Sen. Doug Jones, D-Alabama, voiced his support for former Vice President Joe Biden during his visit to the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce Thursday.
Jones made a joint visit with Governor Kay Ivey, Congresswoman Martha Roby, R-Alabama, and other leaders during a celebration of the chamber’s 100th anniversary.
Jones told local media that he wasn’t too concerned with the Senate election in 2020 at the moment as he is trying to do his job, which includes getting funds for farmers affected by Hurricane Michael and working towards a Medicare solution.
However, one election that Jones did weigh in on was the one for the presidency, reinforcing his support for the former vice president as a candidate.
“Joe Biden’s an old friend of mine,” he said. “We’ve known each other for almost 40 years now. I’ve always felt like he would be an outstanding president of the United States. I still believe that.”
Jones posted earlier on social media that Biden was a man of integrity who has an “ability to bring people together to find common ground.”
Biden announced his run for president earlier Thursday morning in a campaign video uploaded to Youtube. According to the former vice president, he was inspired to try his hand at being president after seeing President Donald Trump’s reaction to the white supremacist riots in Charlottesville.
“He said there were, quote, ‘some very fine people on both sides,'” he said. “Very fine people on both sides? With those words, the president of the United States assigned a moral equivalence to those spreading hate and those with the courage to stand against it.”
To combat this, Biden said he wished to defend the values of democracy and freedom by leading the country.
“Everything that has made America ‘America’ is at stake,'” he said.
However, not everyone on the left positively embraced this news. As reported by Newsweek, the leader of the Justice Democrats, the group that helped back freshman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, said old-guard Democrats like Biden can’t be counted on.
“Joe Biden stands in near complete opposition to where the center of energy is in the Democratic Party today,” Executive Director Alexandra Rojas said in a statement. “Democrats are increasingly uniting around progressive populist policies like Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, free college, rejecting corporate money, and ending mass incarceration and deportation. We don’t need someone who voted for the Iraq War, for mass incarceration and for the Bankruptcy Reform Act while voting against gay marriage, reproductive rights and school desegregation.”
Biden also had some recent controversy concerning alleged inappropriate behavior toward women — including Democrat Lucy Flores, who penned an essay describing how the former VP reportedly kissed her and smelled her hair.
“As I was taking deep breaths and preparing myself to make my case to the crowd, I felt two hands on my shoulders,” Flores wrote. “I froze. ‘Why is the vice-president of the United States touching me?'”
“I felt him get closer to me from behind. He leaned further in and inhaled my hair. I was mortified. I thought to myself, ‘I didn’t wash my hair today and the vice-president of the United States is smelling it. And also, what in the actual f—? Why is the vice-president of the United States smelling my hair?’ He proceeded to plant a big slow kiss on the back of my head. My brain couldn’t process what was happening. I was embarrassed. I was shocked. I was confused.”
You can watch Biden’s campaign video here: