Vulnerable Senate Democrat urges unity: 'Not about what side of the aisle we're on'

Vulnerable Senate Democrat urges unity: 'Not about what side of the aisle we're on'
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Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) leaned into a unity message on Monday night as he urged the country to overcome its divisions when it heads to the polls in November. 

Jones, who is the most vulnerable Senate Democrat on the ballot, spoke as part of the Democratic National Convention, describing former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFear of insider attack prompts additional FBI screening of National Guard troops: AP Iran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries MORE as someone who can "unite our country and get things done for working families and everyone working for a better future."

"Even our deepest divisions can be overcome. ... Some politicians try to pit us against each other, but I believe that Americans have more in common than what divides us. And in November have a chance to elect a president who believes that too," Jones said in a veiled shot at President TrumpDonald TrumpIran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries Pardon-seekers have paid Trump allies tens of thousands to lobby president: NYT MORE


“It’s not about what side of the aisle we’re on. It’s about whether or not we’re on the side of the people. ... Alabama has shown me that even our deepest divisions can be overcome, because each of us wants the same thing," Jones continued. 

Jones won his seat in the deep-red state in 2017 when he defeated former Alabama justice Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreAlabama zeroes in on Richard Shelby's future Long-shot Espy campaign sees national boost in weeks before election Ocasio-Cortez slams Tulsi Gabbard for amplifying ballot harvesting video MORE for the final two years of then-Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsHarris to resign from Senate seat on Monday Rosenstein: Zero tolerance immigration policy 'never should have been proposed or implemented' Sessions, top DOJ officials knew 'zero tolerance' would separate families, watchdog finds MORE's term, after he stepped down to become Trump's attorney general. 

Jones is currently fighting for his political life as he prepares to face off against former football coach Tommy Tuberville. The Cook Political Report rates the race as "lean" Republican. 

Jones's brief appearance at the party's virtual national convention gives him a large nationwide audience, and a potential platform to help haul in campaign cash as he gears up for a nasty fight in the fall. 

Republicans hold a 53-47 majority in the Senate. If Jones loses in November, Democrats will need to pick up a net of four seats and win the White House to have control of the Senate. 


His Senate colleagues quickly touted him on Twitter after his speech, arguing he is key to the party winning back the Senate. 

"Our entire nation has come to know @DougJones as a man of impressive courage, principle, and diligence. Doug is a leader we can always count on to do the right thing—regardless of politics," tweeted Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerOfficials brace for second Trump impeachment trial Sunday shows - Capital locked down ahead of Biden's inauguration Booker: It would be 'constitutionally dangerous' not to conduct full Trump impeachment trial MORE (D-N.J.). 

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden-Harris team unveils inauguration playlist Trump approval rating relatively unchanged in wake of Capitol rioting: NBC News poll Harris to resign from Senate seat on Monday MORE (D-Calif.), Biden's vice presidential pick, added that speeches by Jones and Sens. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharGoogle completes Fitbit acquisition Hillicon Valley: Fringe social networks boosted after Capitol attack | Planned protests spark fears of violence in Trump's final days | Election security efforts likely to gain ground in Democrat-controlled Congress US Chamber of Commerce to stop supporting some lawmakers following the Capitol riots MORE (D-Minn.) and Catherine Cortez MastoCatherine Marie Cortez MastoWhy are millions still flowing into the presidential inauguration? Transition of power: Greatness meets infamy Overnight Defense: Pelosi confers with top general on preventing Trump nuclear strike | Biden fills out his national security team MORE (D-Nev.), who spoke after him, showed "what’s at stake in November: the Senate. It’s crucial we roll up our sleeves and get to work to flip the Senate in November. Pick a race. Get involved. Every action you take now matters."