Former Vice President Joe Biden received formal endorsement Monday from activist Cristina Tzintzún-Ramírez, a key player in increasing voter participation in the 2018 Texas elections, and who is committed to getting young people and Latinos to “change the political color of the state.
Founder of Jolt-Texas, a progressive organization whose mission is to mobilize young people and Latinos to participate in the November 3 election, the 37-year-old Democrat said in an interview with Efe that “the time has come for new voters to decide what kind of country they want for their future.
YOUTH RESPONSIBLE FOR CHANGE
“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.
The weeks of protests after the death of African-American George Floyd at the hands of a white policeman in Minneapolis are, for Tzintzún-Ramírez, a sign of the crucial moment we are living in and where young people have obtained a decisive role.
“History shows that when this country has faced difficult roads and great changes, young people have been there, and this is one of those moments,” he considers.
“Today, young people are ready to make great changes,” he stresses.
Tzintzún-Ramírez joins the campaign of the virtual Democratic candidate for the Presidency by bringing a very clear picture of the voters in Texas.
The activist warns that in this state, even Democrats and Republicans cannot win the state, and its 38 Electoral College delegates, without mobilizing young people and Hispanics.
According to her organization’s data, half of the people who come of age in Texas are of Latino origin, and 90 percent are citizens and therefore eligible to vote.
TRUMP, THE WORST CANDIDATE?
When asked why she supports former Vice President Biden, Tzintzún-Ramírez responds that it was a “very easy” decision since President Donald Trump does not offer any option to support him, regardless of whether he is a Republican.
An example of this poor performance by the Trump administration is shown in the handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the Hispanic woman warns.
Just this Monday, the president is in the eye of the storm after assuring in an electoral act this weekend in Tulsa (Oklahoma) that he had urged to stop the number of tests of the coronavirus due to the alarming increase of the positive ones by COVID-19.
“Testing is a double-edged sword. When you do that many tests, you’re going to find more people, you’re going to find more cases. So I told my people, ‘Stop the tests, please,'” Trump said Saturday at the president’s first election rally since the health emergency was declared in March.
In the face of the president’s performance, which goes from controversy to controversy, Tzintzún-Ramírez issued a warning to both young people and Latinos: “We can’t just expect Trump to be the worst candidate.
“We have to fight and mobilize and talk about the needs of young people, and that we are getting a country with many crises, health, economic,” he stresses.
Aware of the changes the country has undergone since the arrival of the coronavirus, the activist, who unsuccessfully ran as the Democratic candidate to compete for the position of powerful Republican Senator John Cornyn in the November election, says that Latinos and youth must take advantage of the November election to do something about the serious problems revealed by the pandemic.
“There is no hiding the fact that Latinos are the people with the least access to health insurance, that they are the ones who are most affected by the pandemic, and that along with young people they may be the ones most affected by unemployment. Something must be done,” he insists.
Trump won Texas in the 2016 election with 52.2% of the vote, compared to 43.2% for Hillary Clinton.
In the 2018 mid-term elections, Texas’ turnout increased by 18 percentage points compared to the 2014 vote, according to the United States Elections Project.
Of the population eligible to vote, 46.3% participated in 2018, a number that the activist is sure will increase by November.
“We (Latinos and youth) have a challenge to change the color of this state and elect a president we can work with, not defend against,” she says.
And they have a chance to do so, since Trump is only 1.5 percentage points ahead of Biden, according to the average poll conducted by the specialty website Real Clear Politics, which puts Texas for the first time in decades as a battleground state and where no Democrat has won since Jimmy Carter did in 1976.