Decision 2020

Democratic VP Nominee Kamala Harris Makes South Florida Stop

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The Biden-Harris Campaign tag-teamed South Florida Thursday, with the Vice Presidential nominee and her husband hitting several spots, speaking on topics near to their hearts, Judaism and urban America.

Senator Kamala Harris and her husband made their first stop in South Florida a food run, dropping into Amaize restaurant in Doral, where they enjoyed some traditional Venezuelan cuisine and talked up voting.

“Nice to meet you… How are you doing?” Harris said to a few diners.

Her next stop was even livelier, welcomed by the marching band at Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens,  South Florida’s only historically Black college.

Harris took to a megaphone to deliver her message to students.

“I’m going to call on you all. You truly are the future of our country,” she said.

At a roundtable discussion with leaders in South Florida’s Black community, she emphasized the importance of leadership.

“Real leadership is always going to be about leaders  having the courage to speak the truth,” she said. “Even when it is difficult to speak, much less difficult to hear.”

Harris spent part of her day at FMU in Miami Gardens while her husband met with Jewish leaders in Aventura. Doug Emhoff took part in a roundtable discussion at Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center.

He met with Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava and several rabbis. He spoke of his rich Jewish heritage, to include memories of visiting his grandmother on Miami Beach when he was a kid. The conversation also covered topics like America’s friendship with Israel and the American Embassy moving to Jerusalem.

His wife’s campaign, he said, is anchored in Jewish values.

“I have always tried to stand up for those who need help, I’ve always tried to stand up against unfairness, I’ve always tried to stand up against injustice,” he said.

During the roundtable words like mensch, kvelling and mamola were spoken. All endearing Yiddish terms known to many Jews and non-Jews alike.

Harris’s visit highlights the importance of Florida when it comes to presidential politics. President Donald Trump visited Jupiter on Tuesday, touting his record on the environment. More campaign visits are expected in the days leading up to Election Day.

With just eight weeks to go before the election, Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden are tied in Florida, according to a new NBC News/Marist poll released Tuesday. The poll shows both Trump and Biden with the support of 48% of likely voters in the Sunshine State, a key battleground in the 2020 presidential election.

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