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Sunday, May 10, 2020
Dolores Huerta Endorses Biden
Civil rights icon Dolores Huerta, who earlier backed Senator Kamala Harris of California for the Democratic presidential nomination, has endorsed former Biden.
Huerta, who turned 90 in April, co-founded the United Farm Workers of America with César Chávez and coined the phrase “Sí se puede.” Despite her age, Huerta remains active in a wide range of progressive causes, including the Dolores Huerta Foundation.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Huerta pledged to do “whatever I possibly, humanly can to make sure that Joe Biden gets elected.” She appeared Sunday online as part of a Todos Con Biden, or Everyone with Biden, live-streamed event with actor-comedian John Leguizamo, Congresswoman Veronica Escobar, an El Paso Democrat, and former U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.
Biden had trouble gaining ground among Latino voters in the Democratic primaries against progressive firebrand, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who has since dropped out of the race. Newsweek reported this week that the Biden campaign “is launching a multimillion-dollar Latino vote campaign after recent polling showed lagging enthusiasm among [Latinos], including evidence that he needed to invest heavily to attract Latino men to help him secure the presidency…”
Biden’s outreach effort is aimed at Florida, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, and Texas (all states with large Latino populations). In addition, targeted investments will be “aimed at smaller Latino communities in the Midwest states of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, where Trump won by razor-thin margins,” Newsweek reported.
President Donald Trump’s campaign is making a major push to lure Latino voters, more than 70 percent of whom supported Hillary Clinton for president in 2016.