Shevrin Jones: What it meant to moderate with VP Joe Biden

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If this moment has taught us anything, it is that elections matter.

Recently I had the honor of moderating a virtual town hall with Vice President Joe Biden and essential workers who are the backbone of our country as we all navigate this unprecedented public health and economic crisis.

The discussion gave these unsung heroes a chance to be heard. It also gave me an opportunity to shed light on how this pandemic and our Governor’s botched response are acutely impacting Florida’s economy and working people.

Over the past month, I have hosted numerous virtual town halls, live meetings and news conferences each week.

It’s important that our leaders talk directly to people about how this crisis is impacting their lives in ways both big and small. It speaks volumes about Joe Biden’s character and leadership that he is regularly taking the time to listen to working people, hear their pain, and channel it into effective and moral governance.

The people need a leader who is willing to listen to their needs and act on their behalf. Vice President Biden, through his many years of service, has led in moments of crisis. He has not only weathered bad times with us, but he has been a prominent figure in ensuring that our country and its people — regardless of your political, social, cultural or economic background — survive.

Time and time again, Joe has shown up for Florida as well. He’s delivered for us on health care, gun safety and climate change. Just this year, he stood in lockstep with my fellow legislators, in support of our agenda at the beginning of this year’s legislative session, in solidarity with Florida teachers on strike fighting for better pay at the state Capital, and in publicly urging Gov. Ron DeSantis to let science and public health experts take the lead in guiding our state’s response to this pandemic.

Joe knows Florida and Florida knows Joe. With Joe in the White House, Florida will have a real ally for our working families.

I mentioned in the town hall that as Vice President, Biden led a nationwide recovery after the Great Recession. He led with empathy and managed a coordinated, national response.

The impact of the funding that Florida got through the Recovery Act cannot be understated; from funding our Title I schools, to improving our roads, helping our veterans and seniors, and getting Floridians back to work, Joe’s leadership hasn’t gone noticed and should be greatly considered by voters in November who want a candidate with real experience handling a global crisis.

If this moment has taught us anything, it is that elections matter.

Joe Biden leads with empathy, humility and passion, and has the experience needed to lead our country through what will be a complex and extensive recovery. These qualities are sorely missing in the White House today, and I look forward to doing everything I can to right this wrong and change the course of our country for the better.


Rep. Shevrin Jones currently serves Florida House District 101 and is running to represent State Senate District 35, which includes portions of Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Learn more at

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  • IndependentMind

    April 20, 2020 at 2:15 pm

    This publication is now being used as a paid political advertisement for Joe Biden.

    Is this in-kind donation going to be reported as such?

    If this is going to be the role of this publication from now until the November elections, please let me know so I can tune you out.

  • Ray Blacklidge

    April 20, 2020 at 4:09 pm

    Why Are the Mainstream Media Ignoring Tara Reade’s Sexual Assault Accusation Against Joe Biden?
    So far, it’s been silence from The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, and others.Why isn’t Rep. Shevrin Jones outraged? Elections matter folks, don’t fall for double standards and Bitter Biden. Oh yea, and what Independent Mind said……

  • morstar

    April 20, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    It is remarkable that someone who claims to be a member of the media claims that he “moderated” a Biden Town Hall event. It was more like he treated him to candy at a senior home.

    No real questions, no demand for accountability, no discussion about the frightening possibility that poor Joe Biden is suffering from dementia. Look, I’m not asking to disrespect a career politician who has made Washington a profitable cash cow for his family, but there are real questions that need to be addressed. Kissing his hand like royalty does not enlighten or inform us whether he is up for the job.

    This article was pure nonsense.

  • martin

    April 20, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    next time ask joe what day of the week it is. what state he is in. what office he is running for. show him a picture of his wife and sister standing side by side, and ask him who is who? Ask him to name/describe one accomplishment he has made in his 40+ years as a professional politician.

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