Former Vice President Joe Biden joined Maryland Democrats in Baltimore to rally support in the state's gubernatorial race for Ben Jealous against Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, The Baltimore Sun reported.
Speaking just days after Jealous won the party primary, Biden said that Democrats need to end inner-party fighting in order to capture control of Congress and win local and state elections, stressing that "We can't do it if we're divided."
Biden said the national storyline of a fight in the party between progressive supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders and moderate backers of Hillary Clinton was overblown, emphasizing the party has always been open to both approaches.
What was most important, he said, was to unite in order to defeat a Republican Party that favors corporations and wealthy donors over middle-class, working families.
Jealous has issued detailed position papers outlining progressive policies on healthcare, education, the environment, criminal justice reform and the economy, according to The Nation.
Jealous said a coalition of those from across all racial, class or religious lines can create a single-payer healthcare system, "end student debt and make it possible for every Marylander to attend community college, public university or learn a trade for free;" more aggressively "address police misconduct and prevent the killing of unarmed civilians;" ensure that Maryland is a welcoming state to refugees; and set "a deadline for 100 percent clean and renewable energy; and provide 21st-century jobs for the Maryland economy."
A day after Tuesday's primary, Hogan said that his Democratic rival was too risky and extreme for the state by promising programs that would be too expensive to implement, while Jealous cast Hogan as an ineffective governor who partners with or remains silent about the administration of President Donald Trump, according to The Baltimore Sun.
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