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Joe Biden traveled to Michigan for election event

Published: Oct. 16, 2020 at 7:57 AM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden traveled to Michigan on Friday, October 16.

In the afternoon, former Vice President Biden delivered remarks in Southfield on protecting and expanding access to affordable health care. He touched upon the 2017 Charlottesville events; saying that witnessing that moment prompted him to run for president.

“You know, the reason I decided to run for president was because of what I saw at Charlottesville...It’s why I spoke at Gettysburg last week: because we need to stand up to hate in America and come together as a nation,” he said.

Additionally, he spoke on unemployment numbers rising due to the pandemic.

Biden then attended a virtual meeting with African American faith leaders.

Afterward, Vice President Biden spoke at a voter mobilization car rally in Detroit to urge Michiganders to vote early in person at their local clerk’s office or satellite voting center. Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II, Senator Debbie Stabenow, Senator Gary Peters, Mayor Mike Duggan, Reverend Wendell Anthony, and the Detroit Youth Choir also participated in the event.

The visits came after both Biden and his running mate, Senator Kamala Harris, tested negative for coronavirus after one of her staffers and a flight crew member tested positive for COVID-19.

A spokesperson says neither Biden nor Harris have had recent close contact with those individuals.

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