Rep. Dina Titus (D-Las Vegas) made headlines on Monday when she endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden for President of the United States, becoming the first sitting Democratic Member of Congress in the four early voting states to endorse a 2020 candidate.
Nevada will be the third state to vote in the Democratic Presidential contest when Democrats caucus on Saturday, February 22, 2020.
Story by Nevada Today Staff
Why does Titus view Biden as the “right person at the right time”?
In a conference call with local press, former Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Dina Titus talked about how important Nevada is in the election process since Nevada’s diversity reflects the rest of the nation and its issues are the same facing families throughout the country.
Titus explained her decision to endorse Biden by calling him the “right person at the right time” who has been coming to Nevada for a long time. She said Biden has always been with Nevadans on issues important to its citizens, such as responsible gun laws and violence against women, and she cited his opposition to Yucca Mountain as a nuclear depository. Titus said Joe Biden “won’t need on the job training”, and that she will do everything she can to ensure he wins the Nevada caucuses.
During the call, a reporter asked about Biden’s statement that “there hasn’t been enough evidence as to whether [marijuana is] a ‘gateway drug’” at his November 16 town hall in West Las Vegas. Biden responded by clarifying that he does not believe marijuana is a “gateway drug”. Biden then emphasized that the drug should be decriminalized, that anyone with prior marijuana convictions should have their record wiped clean, and that anyone wrongly imprisoned should be released with their record wiped clean. He said this has always been his position but that some serious scientists think it marijuana should be studied more, and he supports that.
More reasons why Titus’ endorsement came at an opportune time for Biden
Biden also addressed the resignation of his senior Latinx advisor, Vanessa Cardenas, who is reportedly frustrated with Biden’s lack of focus on Latinx issues. Dina Titus took exception to any characterization that Joe Biden is insufficiently interested in Latinx issues. Titus pointed out that she represents the most ethnically diverse congressional district in the state and if she thought Biden didn’t care about Latinx Nevadans, she would not have endorsed him. Titus noted that in Nevada, Biden has already been endorsed by Latinx community leaders such as State Senator Yvanna Cancela (D-Las Vegas), former Nevada State Education Association President Ruben Murillo, and Assembly Member Susie Martinez (D-Las Vegas).
When asked about U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham’s (R-South Carolina) investigation into Biden’s son, Hunter, Biden said that Trump is doing anything he can to avoid facing him in the general election and lamented how Trump has allowed Ukrainians to die at the hands of Russians by holding up weapons that had been approved by Congress. Titus called Lindsey Graham a hypocrite and quoted Graham’s previous words of praise: “He’s the nicest person I think I’ve ever met in politics. He is as good a man as God ever created. If you can’t admire Joe Biden as a person, then you’ve probably got the problem.”