Former Vice President Joe Biden has gained another key endorsement from the Latino community in his crusade for the presidency of the United States.
After winning the endorsement of people like activist Dolores Huerta, Biden now has a key player in the Latino vote in traditionally red states like Texas: activist and former Senate candidate Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez.
Known for being the candidate who wanted to achieve “what Beto O’Rourke couldn’t,” i.e., unseat a Republican senator in Texas, Tzintzún Ramirez is also one of the most recognized activists in the state for her campaign to increase the turnout of young Latinos in the state.
“The United States is about to choose between two paths: to be a divided nation, which does not recognize the strength of diversity and the contribution of all regardless of skin color, or if we choose a united country and a government that works for all,” said the Mexican-born activist, according to EFE.
Founder of Jolt-Texas, an organization focused on mobilizing young people and Latinos to increase their participation in the Nov. 3 elections, the 37-year-old Democrat said in an interview with the media that “the time has come for new voters to decide what kind of country they want for their future,” especially at a time when the U.S. has been convulsed by the awakening of a new anti-racist movement after the death of George Floyd under the knee of a white policeman in Minneapolis.
“History shows,” added Tzintzún-Ramirez, “that when this country has faced difficult roads and great changes, young people have been there, and this is one of those moments.”
“Today, young people are ready to make big changes,” she added.
To that end, the activist stresses that “neither Democrats nor Republicans” can win Texas and its 38 Electoral College delegates without mobilizing young people and Hispanics.
“[Both Latinos and youth] have a challenge to change the color of this state and elect a president we can work with, not defend against,” said Tzintzún-Ramirez.
That’s why the activist joined the virtual campaign of the candidate, who is only 1.5 percentage points behind President Trump in the polls in Texas, where Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election with 43.2 percent of the vote.
According to data handled by Jolt-Texas, half of the people coming of age in Texas this year are of Latino origin, and 90 percent are citizens, so they will become eligible voters by the November elections.
If he wins Texas, Biden will become the first Democrat to take over the state since 1976.