Joe Biden to stump for Doug Jones in Alabama U.S. Senate special election

Joe Biden and Doug Jones
Former Vice President Joe Biden and Doug Jones [Photo courtesy for Doug Jones for Senate on Facebook]

Former Vice President Joe Biden will stump in the Yellowhammer State next month for Democrat Doug Jones, Jones’ camp announced Wednesday.

The lawyer and former U.S. attorney during the Clinton administration is hoping to best the Republican nominee — either current, interim Sen. Luther Strange or former Ala. Chief Justice Roy Moore — in the Dec. 12 special election for Alabama’s U.S. Senate seat that previously belonged to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Biden will headline an Oct. 3 rally in Birmingham at the Sheraton in Downtown Birmingham on Jones’ behalf.

“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,” Biden said in a news release.

Jones is best known for prosecuting Ku Klux Klansmen responsible for killing four black girls in the 1963 bombing of the 1963 Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham.

“I am honored my longtime friend, vice president Joe Biden, I will visit Alabama to reinforce his endorsement for our campaign on Tuesday, October 3,” Jones said in a statement. “Vice President Biden has been a long time lifelong advocate for civil rights, social justice, and supporting working-class citizens. He exemplifies what it means to be a public servant. I am thrilled for him to travel to the state and speak to the folks who make Alabama so great!”

The campaign will release more details about time and ticketing closer to the event.