New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday declared her support for the presidential candidacy of Democrat Joe Biden, whose campaign is intensifying efforts to attract the Latino vote and continues the search for the woman who aspires to the vice presidency, a position for which Hispanics sound like a possibility.
“Biden is an honest man of high character,” Lujan said in a statement. “He understands the need for significant investment in our families and our public education system.
Lujan, 60, took office in January 2019 in New Mexico, a state where Latinos make up nearly 48 percent of the population and more than 40 percent of citizens eligible to vote in the November 3 election.
Barack Obama’s vice president (2009-21017), won in the Democratic Party primary an advantage in the number of delegates to the National Convention that put him in the position of almost certain candidate.
Since mid-March, when the COVID-19 pandemic forced the suspension of primaries, Biden has been gaining the support of prominent party figures, former government officials, members of Congress, governors and state legislators, and nearly all those who competed with him for the nomination and left the race.
Biden, who has pledged to choose a woman as his running mate, registers the sympathy of about 59 percent of potential Latino voters, and analysts say that to win the presidency, a Democratic candidate needs the support of 70 percent of this voting bloc.
According to Lujan, Biden “understands that access to health care is a right and not a privilege, he understands that every person, regardless of race, faith, gender, domicile or sexual orientation, deserves the opportunity to thrive on their own terms and to live in peace.
Before making history when she was elected as the first Hispanic governor of a state in the country in 2018, Lujan served as New Mexico’s representative in the U.S. Congress and chaired the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, where she advocated against the immigration policies of President Donald Trump’s administration.
Along with Lujan, another Hispanic, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, sounds like a possible candidate, along with fellow Upper House members Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar, among others.
This year there will be some 32 million Latinos eligible to vote in the elections that will not only determine the presidency of the United States, but also the fate of a third of the members of the Senate, where the Republican Party now has a majority, and of the 435 members of the House of Representatives, where the Democratic Party has a majority.