Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden has cut a video in support of Democratic gubernatorial nominee Benjamin T. Jealous.
In the 50-second video, released Wednesday morning, Biden says:
“Hello, Maryland. 2018 is one of the biggest elections of our lifetime. Now, more than ever, we need bold, courageous leadership to move all our families forward. And Ben Jealous is a leader we need during these divisive times.
“Ben has spent his life bringing people together to get big things done: leading the fight in Maryland to repeal the death penalty, enact marriage equality, and pass the DREAM Act. He’s a businessman who has helped to grow over 20 companies and create more than a thousand jobs.
“As governor, Ben will make sure education is fully funded and that healthcare costs are brought under control. He has the expertise and the vision needed to make sure government is on the side of working people.
“Vote Democrat. Vote Ben Jealous for governor.”
But another top Democrat and possible 2020 presidential aspirant left Jealous out when he talked on TV Wednesday morning about leading Democratic prospects for governor.
Hours after firing up a Jealous rally in Bethesda Tuesday night, former Gov. Martin J. O’Malley (D), appearing on MSNBC, did not mention Jealous or Maryland as he talked about the Democrats’ chances of taking back key statehouses next Tuesday. O’Malley spoke specifically about Democratic pickup opportunities in eight states: Georgia, Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin and Kansas.
O’Malley told MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle that the polls are looking favorable for the Democrats in those states.
“I think anyone within the margin of victory today is looking at a strong finish on Election Day,” he said.
Meanwhile, the office of Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) on Wednesday released an adorable Halloween video featuring footage of pumpkins, witches, ghosts, goblins and the governor posing with cute kids — including one of his grandchildren.