Arizona Daily Star endorses former Vice President Joe Biden as Democratic nominee for US President

former US Vice President Joe Biden
The Editorial Board of Tucson’s daily newspaper the Arizona Daily Star has published their US Presidential endorsement for 2020, as former Vice President Joe Biden.  Biden was in this position for 8 years under 44th US President Barack Obama, and Biden was formerly a US Senator from Delaware for 36 years.  The endorsement is in today’s print edition, page A6.
There were many candidates running in the Arizona PPE, Presidential Preference Election slated for March 17, but now left are only Vermont US Senator Bernie Sanders, who ran for President in 2016, and Hawaiian US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard.  There will be a debate between these candidates in Phoenix on March 15 (see our Calendar listing), but Gabbard’s appearance is doubtful due to debate rules.
The other candidates have publicly withdrawn prior to today, based on the Democratic primary/caucus results  in Iowa, NH, Nevada, S. Carolina, and Super Tuesday (14 states including Texas and California, and American Samoa).
former US Vice President Joe Biden
Vote wisely on or before March 17.  Early voting began on Feb. 19, so likely many voters have cast ballots for those no longer running. As of Super Tuesday, 44,000 ballots had been returned in Pima County.
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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


    • This is better, here’s the text of that tweet:
      “Let me explain something to you about Joe Biden and why some of the shit that he’s done in his past doesn’t matter. This old rich white man played second fiddle to a black man. Not just any black man, but a younger black man, a smart black man. Not just for a day. Not 1, not 2 but eight years. He took his cues from this black man who had more power than him and was virtually unknown when he took the presidency, and Joe Biden had been around forever. He was willing and proud to be his wing man. Not once did he try to undermine him, this black man. Instead Joe walked in lockstep with him, he respected him, he loved and trusted him. He was lead by him and he learned from him. And Joe did not have a problem with it. You tell me what 40+ year “establishment” white politician has ever done that. Joe Biden is cut from a different cloth. And black folks understand that and for good reason. He has shown it. This is what showing up and being an ally looks like. When black people say they know Joe, this is how we know.”
      – Laurie Goff”

        • Yeah, it’s quite moving. But, unfortunately, it’s always a bad idea to vote based on one’s emotional attachments. Biden was a loyal VP to Obama, but his legislative history has not favored black people or served them well. History matters, leopards don’t change their spots, and Obama won’t be there this time (assuming Biden wins.)

    • Bernie is popular here in Arizona, having just attracted 10,000 people at a rally in Phoenix. I heard him here in Reid Park in October, 2015 (when he was running for President in 2016) and he energized the crowd. Should be interesting to see what happens in 2 weeks, as early ballots are coming in right now. People are still saying “Feel the Bern”.

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