At a campaign rally, Biden spoke passionately in support of U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones and against his opponent, Roy Moore.
Photos by Ashton Pittman and Liam Scott for Deep South Voice.
Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden appeared in Birmingham on October 3rd at a campaign event for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones, who is battling for the seat vacated by Jeff Sessions after he became U.S. Attorney General.
After Jones introduced Biden by donning a pair of sunglasses (Biden’s signature look), Biden spoke passionately in favor of Jones. At one point, Biden called on the family of the victims of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing to stand, earning them ovation from the crowd.
“I’ve lost two children,” Biden said. “I get it.”
Family members of the victims of the 1963 bombing – in which members of the Ku Klux Klan killed four black girls who were attending Sunday school – are supporting Jones because of his record as a prosecutor.
In 2001, Jones successfully prosecuted Thomas Edwin Blanton for the killings – nearly four decades later, declaring that it was never too late for the truth to be told.
“Doug helped remove 40 years of stain and pain from this state,” Biden said.
Jones’ Republican opponent, Roy Moore, has been twice removed from the State Supreme Court. Most recently, he was removed for refusing to uphold the United States Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.
Alabama House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels (D), who became the first black man to hold that position, introduced the featured speakers.
The Alabama U.S. Senate election will be held on December 12th.