Biden rallies Dem support for progressive Md. governor candidate

Biden rallies Dem support for progressive Md. governor candidate
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenHarry Reid says he won’t make 2020 endorsement until after Nevada caucus Hillary Clinton met with Biden, Klobuchar to talk 2020: report The Hill's Morning Report - What to watch for as Mueller’s probe winds down MORE on Saturday rallied support for Ben Jealous, who won the Maryland Democratic nomination for governor on Tuesday.

Jealous is a progressive candidate who was backed by Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersKamala Harris: Trump administration ‘targeting’ California for political purposes Harry Reid says he won’t make 2020 endorsement until after Nevada caucus Gillibrand to appear on Fox News Monday night MORE (I-Vt.) and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisKamala Harris: Trump administration ‘targeting’ California for political purposes Gillibrand to appear on Fox News Monday night Harris on Smollett: 'I'm sad, frustrated, and disappointed' MORE (D-Calif.). He will run against Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) this November.

Biden encouraged Maryland Democrats to come together ahead of this year's general election, according to The Baltimore Sun.

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He said today’s Republican Party prioritizes corporate wealth over middle-class, working families, the Sun reported.

“We have to stop [the Republican Party],” Biden reportedly told the crowd at the fundraiser. “We can’t do it if we’re divided.”

Democratic Party sources told the Sun that Jealous raised about $150,000 on Saturday night.

Biden was joined by major players in the Maryland Democratic party, such as Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinThe Hill's Morning Report - What to watch for as Mueller’s probe winds down The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump escalates fight with NY Times The Hill's Morning Report - Can Bernie recapture 2016 magic? MORE and Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsCohen to testify before Senate Intel on Tuesday Five takeaways from McCabe’s allegations against Trump Jordan says Oversight should be more focused on McCabe, Rosenstein ahead of Cohen testimony MORE, and the national party, such as Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE.

The current and former lawmakers praised Jealous’s positions on health care and criminal justice reform, according to the Sun.

Biden said the party should focus on restoring and expanding access “to the middle class.”

Jealous faces an uphill battle, as incumbent Hogan’s campaign has nearly $9 million on hand compared to Jealous’s $660,000, The Baltimore Sun reported.

“While Hogan has the money right now, something tells me we’re going to find it, too,” Jealous said at the rally.

Biden’s support of Jealous comes at a moment when the Democratic Party is grappling with an apparent veer to the left. Self-described democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeated Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) in an upset win last week, sparking conversation about the direction of the party.

The New York Times editorial board today called for a stronger presence of young progressive leaders like 28-year-old Ocasio-Cortez.