Biden on Jones: ‘Doug and I share a vision’ — ‘I’m going to need Doug’s voice in the Senate’
U.S. Senator Doug Jones’ (D-AL) reelection campaign on Wednesday evening sent out a fundraising email from Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
Biden’s pitch links to a fundraising page that shows the funds raised are to be “split evenly” between the Biden and Jones campaigns.
The fine print on the page also notes that donors will automatically be signed up for recurring Biden campaign text messages.
Although 50% of proceeds are designed to go towards Biden’s campaign, the email was fully paid for by Jones’ campaign, according to a mandatory disclosure. The email was also authorized by Biden for President.
This comes after Jones recently campaigned virtually for the Biden-Harris ticket in Ohio.
“I wanted to reach out to you about an old friend of mine: Doug Jones,” Biden’s email began.
Alabama’s junior senator recently explained that he has considered Biden a friend and mentor since 1978. Jones recently had Biden campaign for him virtually in Alabama, and the former vice president also campaigned for Jones in his 2017 special election bid.
“I need Doug’s help in the Senate,” Biden added in the Wednesday email. “You know, I always say this election is a battle for the soul of our country. In few places are those stakes as clear as in Alabama.”
“[I]n perhaps the most crucial fight of all – our health care – Doug has been there again and again standing up for all of us, especially those with pre-existing conditions,” the former vice president asserted.
However, this came after Jones the previous day voted against advancing a GOP Senate bill that would protect health care coverage for Americans with pre-existing conditions, even if the Affordable Care Act were struck down or repealed.
Biden further wrote that Jones’ “record has been extraordinary” in the Senate.
“Every time we needed him to stand up for us, Doug Jones was there. I’m going to need Doug’s voice in the Senate,” Biden stressed.
This came mere hours before Biden announced he would consider reforms to the Supreme Court of the United States that “go well beyond” court-packing.
Jones has announced he will vote “no” on confirming Judge Amy Coney Barrett, Trump’s latest nominee to the Supreme Court. That vote is expected to occur Monday after the Senate Committee on the Judiciary unanimously voted on Thursday to favorably recommend Barrett’s confirmation.
Sean Ross is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn