New Jersey Democrats are going for broke in the battle for the 11th Congressional District, pulling out all the stops to help Mikie Sherrill overcome her GOP rival, state Assemblyman Jay Webber, and flip a red district that’s been held for years by Republicans.
And they’re pulling out the big blue guns as well, like former Vice President Joe Biden, who came out for the Democratic candidate at a rally Wednesday at Montclair University.
Biden spoke at length about American values and lambasted Republicans for wanting to cut Medicare, he said, by $650 billion.
“These guys keep the Congress and (President Trump) stays in office. Do you realize that 70 percent of all the people in a nursing home are women, and the only reason most of those women are there, they lived middleclass lives, they were not poor, they had to sell everything they had when their family died, when their husband died, to be able to stay there and the only thing that keeps them there is Medicare,” Biden said.
“What happens when you cut that? What happens to all those people? What happens to their lives? What happens when insurance runs out … What are we doing? Why? What is the justification? It not only doesn’t make America healthier, it doesn’t make it wealthier either. But it lets one-tenth of one percent become wealthier,” the former vice president continued.
Sherrill, a former Navy pilot and federal prosecutor, talked about the stakes in this year’s election.
“We have a duty, as citizens of our democracy, to fight for what we know is true. To fight for what we know our country stands for because as the vice president reminded us this weekend, while John McCain was a great hero, this country actually wasn’t built by heroes. This country was built by ordinary people doing extraordinary things,” she said.
Gov. Phil Murphy was at the rally and revved up the crowd.
“Now, more than ever, with a president who holds our values in contempt and a Congress too scared to push back, we need leaders with steel in their spines to lead us forward,” Murphy said. “We need leaders who put us before party, and values before politics … We need leaders who talk with us one on one and don’t tweet at us.”
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