Some big news today out of Mississippi:
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Wednesday endorsed Mississippi U.S. Senate candidate Mike Espy.
“A lifelong Mississippian, Mike Espy has spent his career working to improve the lives of Mississippi’s working families,” Biden said. “From his times as the first Black congressman from Mississippi since Reconstruction to his critical leadership as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to his role helping to build a strong rural economy across the South, Mike Espy has the experience to move Mississippi forward.”
Espy said: “Joe Biden unites and heals. He has dignity and empathy. He is the leader our country needs right now to move forward … I look forward to working with President Biden and Vice President Harris to increase opportunities for all Mississippians.”
By the way, Espy is up on the airwaves:
The Espy ad released on Tuesday features the voices of Mississippians praising Espy or criticizing Hyde-Smith.
“I’m a Republican farmer, and I support Mike Espy because he’s the man that can work across the aisle,” Cliff Heaton said in the ad. “Cindy Hyde-Smith is holding us back… (Espy) can work with anybody that he needs to to get the job done.”
Two doctors are quoted in the ad — one criticizing Hyde-Smith for pushing to reopen too soon during the pandemic, and one praising Espy for supporting “expanding affordable health care in Mississippi.”
The fourth Mississippian in the ad is a public school teacher.
“I have not heard Cindy Hyde-Smith talk about increasing school funding,” said Rachel Killebrew. “Mike Espy supports raising teacher pay.”
Espy is very proud and excited to have Biden’s endorsement. Received this e-mail today from Espy’s campaign:
I have some very special news.
It is an honor to have the support of our former vice president and Democratic nominee.
Joe Biden is a leader who unites and heals. He has dignity and empathy. He’s who our country needs right now to move forward. When I was elected to Congress in 1986, I remember being impressed by Joe Biden’s leadership in the Senate. I am still impressed today.
As last night’s presidential debate made clear, November 3, 2020 is one of the most important elections of our lives. I believe that Joe Biden won’t just win, but also usher in down ballot victories across the county, including our 1-point race for U.S. Senate.
That’s why Vice President Biden’s endorsement means so much to me. It shows that he believes in me, he believes in our campaign, and he believes in Mississippi.
I hope you believe in Mississippi, too. If you are able to, will you please chip in $10 or more to our campaign? Our single-most important fundraising deadline is in less than 12 hours, and I’m leaving everything on the field to outraise my opponent again.
With your help, we can flip this Senate seat, and I’ll get to work with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to increase opportunities for our state. Together, we can move Mississippi and our country forward.
Thanks for all you do.