During a speech after being declared the winner of the Alabama Senate race, Doug Jones (D) stated the state of Alabama made the right choice at a crossroads, something it usually hasn’t done in the past, and helped bend history’s moral arc towards justice.
Jones said, “I have always believed that the people of Alabama had more in common than to divide us. We have shown, not just around the state of Alabama, but we have shown the country the way that we can be unified.”
He later added, “At the end of the day, this entire race has been about dignity and respect. This campaign has been about the rule of law. This campaign has been about common courtesy and decency and making sure everyone in this state, regardless of which zip code you live in, is going to get a fair shake in life.”
Jones further stated, “[W]e’ve tried to make sure that this campaign was about finding common ground and reaching across and actually getting things done for the people. So I have a challenge. I have this challenge to my future colleagues in Washington, don’t wait on me.” He then urged Congress to fund CHIP.
He further argued, “I’ve said it before, Alabama has been at a crossroads. We have been crossroads in the past, and unfortunately, we have usually taken the wrong fork. Tonight, ladies and gentlemen, you took the right road.”
Jones concluded, “We have work to do in this state to build those bridges within this state, to reach across with those that didn’t vote for us, to try to find that common ground. I’m pledging to do that tonight. But I will tell you, tonight is a night for rejoicing. Because as Dr. King said, as Dr. King liked to quote, ‘The moral arc of the universe is long but it bends toward justice.’ Tonight, tonight, ladies and gentlemen, tonight, tonight in this time, in this place, you helped bend that moral arc a little closer to that justice. And you did it –, that moral arc, not only was it bent more, not only was its aim truer, but you sent it right through the heart of the great state of Alabama in doing so.”
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